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Around the League: 2019 Off Season


For minor off-season non-Bomber CFL news.  Any significant stories or news that is likely to generate significant discussion may have its own thread created. General Bomber news can be found here.

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I believe the cap was brought in as a preemptive defense in the upcoming CBA negotiations so players can’t point to some of the excess being spent by some teams and wanting a bigger piece of the pie.  

That and to allow the weaker financial teams to remain competitive and not spend beyond their means.  

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TORONTO — A new cap on non-player football operations costs is being introduced for 2019, the Canadian Football League announced today.

“Successful businesses effectively manage their costs at the same time they deliver a high quality product and pursue growth strategies,” said Randy Ambrosie, Commissioner of the CFL.

“This new measure will contribute to the success of our league as we all work together to build a bigger, better, stronger CFL.”

The cap is set at $2,588,000 for 2019 and 2020, after which the amount will be subject to a review.

It applies to coaches and other football operations staff including general managers, scouts and equipment and video personnel. The number of staff is capped at 11 coaches and 14 other football operations staff.

Team doctors and athletic therapists are excluded to ensure the cap does not affect player health and safety.

Violations of the policy can result in a team fine, a personal fine and/or the loss of draft picks.

For the first $100,000 over the cap, the fine is the equivalent of the amount by which the limit has been exceeded. For any amount over $100,000, penalties range from a minimum of a $25,000 fine and the loss of one second-round draft pick to a maximum of a $250,000 fine and the loss of three draft picks.

But in 2019, as the teams adjust to the cap, teams that voluntarily report their violations to the league will only be subject to team fines, not personal fines or the loss of draft picks.

For the purposes of the cap, expenses include wages, salaries and benefits such as health plans, car and housing allowances, and playoff bonuses which exceed the player share. Exclusions include business expenses, complimentary tickets and meals while working.

The non-player football operations cap was driven by the league’s Executive Council, which is made up of the Commissioner and nine team Presidents, with the full support of the Board of Governors.

Clubs will report quarterly to the league and file all football operations contracts with the CFL, which will audit clubs each year at the same time it conducts Salary Management System audits of player salaries and benefits.


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3 hours ago, Zontar said:

Then "With Murphy the Riders will have the best player personnel and recruitment team in the league"

Now. "I don't remember ever saying that stop exaggerating you troublemaker"

Same people.

Murphy was lucky to be a part of such a great organization. Without the riders he wouldnt even have a career in the CFL!


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The riders have been spending 3.5 million per year on football operations than Winnipeg. Aside from scouts, players and coaches what else would that budget extend to? I guess some of it could be going to a large fake injury list that didn’t count against the cap. 

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i would think no....but still on hook for it...that would severely hamper teams if things went south with a staff member and seeing as this was somewhat orchestrated and wanted by member clubs..I doubt they would have allowed for that to happen

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