Spending cap coming for football operations expenditures

The CFL league office is working to put a spending cap in place for coaches, general managers and football operations departments.

For player compensation, the current salary cap is $5.2 million per team with a minimum of $54,000. The current salary management system was adopted in 2006 to balance the financial playing field across the league. Penalties for cap violations are fined $1 for each $1 a team exceeds the cap limit and draft picks can also be taken away.

But the league has never moved to limit how much franchises can spend on coaches and front office executives. Teams flush with cash can spend lavishly on coaches and scouting which may force others to dole out big dollars despite being in the red. There are two prime examples at the opposite end of the spectrums.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders hired general manager and head coach Chris Jones for more than $500,000 on a three-year in December 2015, which has since been extended through the 2019 season. That deal came after the Riders let Brendan Taman and Corey Chamblin go in August 2015 when the team started 0-9 and the pair each had two seasons to run on their contracts through 2017. Between those three men alone, Saskatchewan would easily have been paying over $1 million for two years.

The Toronto Argonauts extended Jim Barker and Scott Milanovich through the 2018 season prior to the 2015 campaign. Barker was fired in late January 2017 after six seasons as Argos general manager. Milanovich resigned days later to become the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach. The Argos would be on the hook for the length of Barker’s pact at a healthy GM-type salary because the team issued him a pink slip. Toronto went out and got Jim Popp to go with Marc Trestman to take over the respective roles, combined the tandem makes north of $1.2 million.

Capping the spending would place more importance on the hiring process and contractual commitments made to football coaches and personnel men and improve the financial bottom line for clubs. It’s a way for teams to control costs and level the playing field.

Owners and presidents will have to more diligent when making hiring and contract length decisions.

Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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99 Comments on Spending cap coming for football operations expenditures

  1. RicoBeBlue&Gold // June 5, 2018 at 3:37 pm //

    I get the end result of this “if” it does get implemented but we might see coaches and other higher ups going south for the bigger money.

  2. RU4Real // June 5, 2018 at 3:39 pm //

    Watch how fast gms, coaches, scouts and staff head south.

    • FINALLY!

      This is something that I’ve been advocating for years. No other professional sports league in the world has coaches and GMs making more than the players,

      • MR. Green // June 5, 2018 at 4:02 pm //

        Not true. Many coaches make more than most players. Not the high end players but overall, most players.

      • You are so right now the Sliders and their 45 coaches are screwed now they won’t be able to OVERPAY coaches (hello Chris Jones) anymore to coach there as that is the ONLY way any players or coaches come there.

        • Huff's Neighbor // June 6, 2018 at 11:42 am //

          Clearly you’re jealous of the Rider success in the community and across the country. How many laughed at the Riders pre cap days when they were the perennial last place team. The cap allowed them to compete, then the fans returned, the team became financially solid and the rest is history. Now the league wants to take away that success because other teams can’t follow suit? Weak. The coaches DON’T PLAY THE F’N GAMES so how really do they affect wins and losses. What does it matter what they get paid, if there are 45 as the loser above comments, or 4, what does it matter. The PLAYERS play. End of stupid idea and story I hope.

        • Jeff Garcia's Agent // June 6, 2018 at 11:47 am //

          Can I ask you why you think Sliders is a clever pun?

    • Not necessarily. Some spending caps will shrink while others will grow so they all have the same max limits.

    • That is the same ridiculous comeback, people used when they Capped player payroll. They are here because it is their best opportunity and that will not change. It will also bring some stability to staffs. The old boys club will have to think long and hard when they want to leave their job because they may find that they have to work their way back up the ladder if they come back to the CFL.

  3. The problem being teams may hang on to under performing coaches and GMs for longer because they dont want to pay penalties or be punished draft picks etc… That or you will see more 1 year contracts with no stability and more “lame duck” situations. Not a good thing IMO.

  4. Red White Dynamite // June 5, 2018 at 3:46 pm //

    Easy everyone, we don’t know what this cap will be yet. Considering Jones does 4 jobs, the riders might well be withing whatever this cap is. Where the league really needs to watch is what management/players get away from the stadium that doesn’t appear on paper, like free rides on private planes and using vacations homes.
    Either way the league must allow for competitive pay to what you can make in NCAA.

    • CFL FAN // June 5, 2018 at 4:10 pm //

      NCAA salaries are enormous. At most universities the football coach is the highest paid faculty member by far.

      • dangnabbit // June 6, 2018 at 11:10 am //

        I don’t believe he qualifies as faculty unless he holds a professorship, or at least some kind of lecturer position. However, in many states, the football coach (sometimes the men’s basketball coach) of the biggest public university in the state is the highest-paid of all public employees.

        • Yes the coaches are faculty at the Universities in the states. Most do work as actual lecturing professors— might be a research based position only9n the research being how to effectively run the wild cat vs zero cover when it comes to football, lol ). they have to fac due to the various rules and regs in the NCAA, if not faculty they would be considered professional coaches thus illegal under NCAA rules.

    • RU4Real // June 5, 2018 at 5:35 pm //

      The new measures will limit teams to a coaching staff of 11 and other football operations staff to 17. The total compensation for those 28 employees is not to exceed $2.738 million. That equates to $97,785 per employee.

  5. Meathead // June 5, 2018 at 3:50 pm //

    if Football ops are capped, teams should give at least a portion of the saved money to the players.
    Fans pay to see the players (not admins and coaches) and a higher cap will go a long way to entice and maintain the best available talent north and south of the border.

  6. What a comical suggestion that CFL coaches/GMs/ scouts/coffee fetches are suddenly going to head for the NFL or NCAA.

    Let’s be honest – – American coaches are in the CFL because they can’t cut it in the NCAA or NFL.

    The money at the college and pro level is already way more now than it is in the CFL – – so WTF is keeping guys like Jaime Elizondo, Todd Howard, Jordan Younger, Mike Sherman, Khalil Carter, Jeff Reinblow from getting jobs in the NCAA or NFL?

    Because they have no talent or ability.

    • Yawn. Orlando Steinauer says hi.

      • There’s another guy who didn’t last long at the NCAA level – – one and done for Weasel Steinauer.

        • riderontheisland // June 5, 2018 at 5:15 pm //

          Windbag51….that’s all that needs to be said here because I could go into why that comment is so stupid, but pretty sure everyone on here knows anyway.

          • Everyone but Hillbilly51!

          • AirHead 51 go home // June 5, 2018 at 6:23 pm //

            I see people here making references to Arse 51 and Flip Flop (mommy wants me closer to home) Foley. Is there some relation there? Would explain some lack of integrity.

          • True Green // June 5, 2018 at 9:01 pm //

            I too have heard hay here regularly. Ricky Foley was a stand up character. There are lots of player who have made decisions to play closer to home for family reasons. There’s nothing wrong with that. If A51 is in fact Foleys brother, they are of a very different character indeed.

          • True Green // June 5, 2018 at 9:02 pm //

            “I too have heard that here regularly.”

    • richinbanff (Rich Wilson) // June 5, 2018 at 5:20 pm //

      You’re silly. The salaries at the top end of the NCAA are enormous, but FCS and lower schools pay less than the CFL does now. The idea we could lose coaches to those schools due to a salary cap is very real.

  7. I don’t like this idea in the least. The consequence of such a cap would be that teams would potentially be locked into contracts with unpopular coaches/general managers who could not be replaced no matter how bad the team is performing. The result is punishing the fans for management’s mistakes. There is no reason for doing this except that it is a lame attempt by the teams to screw over the players who will be negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement after this season. Gee … what a coincidence. The teams are terrified they will need to pony up a much higher player cap so they are getting ready to start crying poor and make themselves look fiscally responsible by capping management expenses. BS!!!! Pay the players a more respectable living … cap should be $7mm at minimum …

  8. MR. Green // June 5, 2018 at 3:55 pm //

    Not a fan of this. The league wants a high end talent level but this would limit scouting, possibly missing on some very good players. The weaker financial teams are already hurting the league. Bombers made over 4 million last season. Imagine if they hosted the Cup.
    We would loose many coaches. We could find more but not at the current caliber. No league does this.
    I am biased for my team, guys next in line will bolt, like Claynbrooks and Steinhauer will run south and find a job, because this obviously will lower thier salaries. I know it’s early but this is too much league control, Roger Goodell like. What’s Trestman make? To get him as coach would that mean his assistant would need to be random high school coaches around Canada because everyone will go elsewhere to make a living. No idea what assistants make.
    C Jones is the GM, HC and DC. I don’t know what those 3 jobs are paid out by other teams.
    It’s early, but this is like a dictatorship. Will the coaches start a union now?

    • “The weaker financial teams are already hurting the league. Bombers made over 4 million last season. Imagine if they hosted the Cup.”
      I don’t understand your comment in regards to the Bombers. They are on good financial terms. Do you consider them hurting the league?

      • MR. Green // June 5, 2018 at 5:14 pm //

        I consider them good for the league. Can’t you read? I’m saying they did a good job and should be allowed to spend money other than the cap, anyway they please to field a good team. This is weaker financial teams holding the stronger ones back. If the Riders were this string financially 20 to 40 years ago, there would be more championships in those times. When Edmonton, Toronto, Calgary, BC and even Winnipeg were allowed to spend whatever they wanted. In the cap era the Riders have been to 4 cups in 12 years.
        I agree with the cap, however not the league controlling every teams finances.

      • 27 years and counting // June 5, 2018 at 5:15 pm //

        The Bombers may have made $4M last year, but don’t think for a second they are in good financial shape. This is the first time in many, many uears they can boast about a decent return from the previous season. They have a HUGE debt hanging over their head with the way IGF was built and financed, as well. That will eat any profits for decades to come.

    • Of course it’s like a dictatorship..if I had millions in a team ownership I’d make sure I had full control and that is a dictatorship!!!!

  9. Sounds like a proposal being driven by moderately successful team owners. All this “competitive business” is just cutting into their bottom lines. Lets force everyone down to Kavis Reed/Joe Mack salary levels and make the league more competitive and fair. If we all suck then my team won’t look so bad.

  10. GoofyDonFoley // June 5, 2018 at 4:08 pm //

    Let’s just have the coaches contracts the same as the players’. Not guaranteed. You underperform, you gone, no financial windfall package.

  11. I don’t like this either. We should be raising the bar, not lowering it. We should be working on a US tv contract that will pay every team a lot more money. That’s the way to level the playing field.

    • Educate yourself, my friend.

      The CFL already has a US television deal with ESPN. That was “conveniently” announced immediately AFTER the last CBA negotiation.

      • Holy hillbilly halfwits Batman. The NEXT US tv contract. You know, the one we’ve been talking about for the last year. I guess you don’t really follow football or the CFL much.

  12. Garcia98 // June 5, 2018 at 4:18 pm //

    Random thoughts – I’m torn on this issue. In theory I support this idea of a salary cap for operations but on the other hand teams should be able to benefit from their financial success. The Eskimos and Riders have been flagship franchises for years and a cap would seem like they’re being penalized for running their teams like professional sports franchises. Seems a little too Canadian for me. If this does happen, I would like an increase in the player salary cap. Would help teams attract and retain talent. Back in the 80’s and I believe early 90’s the CFL had a form of revenue sharing that would help out the weaker teams. May be worth considering expanding on this instead of implementing the operations cap. Franchises making money can still invest in their own success while weaker teams have a chance to build on something. Let’s hope Ambrosie and the big boys think this through.

  13. Ari Katz // June 5, 2018 at 4:18 pm //

    Is this why Ken Austin is now a consultant as a way around a proposed cap? Surprising that Kent Austin and June Jones were not utilzed as one of your examples in the article alongside of Chris Jones.

    • June Jones – – there’s another great example of a guy who couldn’t get a sniff from the NCAA or the NFL after his disastrous firing at SMU. The guy was stuck coaching at the high school level – – just like Mike Sherman – – until he came grovelling to the CFL.

      Same thing with Artie Briles and Dan Hawkins. And Jokey Glanville.

      All unemployable in the NCAA and NFL so the only other options are the CFL or rec league football.

      • Huff's Neighbor // June 6, 2018 at 1:22 pm //

        Ahole51, is that your IQ number? Seems like. You little lady are as bad as Red the Basement Dweller. Must be a sad life to be so full of hate for someone who can’t, doesn’t or could ever effect your reality, unless you let them. Get some help. Your visceral is boring and reeks of loserville.

  14. riderontheisland // June 5, 2018 at 4:23 pm //

    Dumb bad move if it happens. I’ve never heard of this type of control in the salary cap era. It doesn’t make sense. Are they going to make the Riders remove some of their training equipment now because it’s gone over the league appointed budget level. Enough pussy footing around on this a make the teams hold their own. I’m all for the salary cap………..on the field

    • Based on the Riders horrifically bad drafting and desperate scrap heap signings, they won’t miss their current braintrust too much.

      Regina should start demanding their incompetent scouting staff returns their pay.

    • riderontheisland // June 5, 2018 at 4:36 pm //

      Hey Windbag51, your comments are a joke so don’t waste your time and bitterness on any of my posts.

      • Just call it as I see it, my friend.

        But if Rider Fan is happy with the results of Chris Jones’ drafting, then I’m happy for Rider Fan.

        • More like you call it as you hallucinate it. You clearly don’t know much about the CFL.

  15. Yycbanjopicker // June 5, 2018 at 4:24 pm //

    Starting to sound like the Communist Football League

    • riderontheisland // June 5, 2018 at 4:37 pm //

      I was thinking the same thing. Personally I don’t think the owners will fly with it. They better not.

      • Red White Dynamite // June 5, 2018 at 4:47 pm //

        The commissioner only does what the owners want. Of course owners want this. They are in always in favor of cost controls

        • riderontheisland // June 5, 2018 at 4:55 pm //

          I don’t know about that. The 2 most financially successful teams are both community owned. I think the Bombers are in that world too. Not sure those teams are in favor of this and like I said if we are to look at their books it would suggest they wouldn’t be in favor.

  16. I’ve always been a huge advocate of “pay for performance” – – if you don’t deliver, you don’t get paid.

    I’d LOVE to see a commission based pay structure for coaches/GMs/scouts/coffee fetches.

    Head coach gets $25k per victory. Scouts get $2k for ever game started by one of their finds.

    That’s the ultimate way to separate the wheat from the chaff.

    • MR. Green // June 5, 2018 at 5:01 pm //

      That is a terrible idea.
      After watching Ambrosie talk with Naylor, I see his point as league expenditures are growing faster than salaries. However, teams are responsible for thier own financial spending. Sometimes you spend money to make money. You wanna disrespect the Riders draft when Toronto took a O lineman rated higher, 4 picks later. They have a ton of Canadians in camp. We can easily start 8 Canadians week 1, over the 7 if they wanted. Messam, Labatte, Clarke, Bagg, Edem, Hurl, Evans and Steele. With Judge and Francis interchangeable at LB. Brouliette at Safety, Bailey, and Stanford at reciever and another 8 Canadian O lineman are in camp. Last season they traded for two Canadian Starters who filled in well that were expendable by BC and Toronto. Canadian depth is fine, because of that they can play 3 American O lineman.
      The scouting has also brought in quality players and like the story said a couple days ago, teams are calling us.

  17. Roy Herr // June 5, 2018 at 4:49 pm //

    If yo are going to think little league act little league you will stay little league.

  18. Horrible news for the Roughriders.

  19. Worrying that coaches won’t want to come to the CFL because their salaries are capped is as ridiculous as worrying that players won’t want to play in the CFL because the salary is “only” $60K CDN.

    WTF else are these guys going to do?

    There’s a line up of players – – both American and Canadian – – desperately hoping to get a shot at making a CFL roster.

    It’ll be the exact same thing for coaches.

  20. Red White Dynamite // June 5, 2018 at 4:55 pm //

    We all remember when 1 million dollars wasn’t enough for the riders to pry Huff out of Calgary after 2015.

    • I don’t remember such a goofy contract offer, unless it was spread over thirty years…..

  21. big guy // June 5, 2018 at 5:01 pm //

    for years the Riders had to field less then great players and pay their coaches less then the going rate but now that they are doing well along with Wpg, Edm and Ottawa the league wants to limit their spending on coaches??? Not a chance in hell, how each team runs their business should be up to each team. If a team wants to spend high on coaches like Toronto let them have it at because the more good coaches the better the league. I like what the one guy posted, think little league and you will be little league.

  22. wewert3 // June 5, 2018 at 5:04 pm //

    Already approved as written by Dave Naylor.

    The new measures will limit teams to a coaching staff of 11 and other football operations staff to 17. The total compensation for those 28 employees is not to exceed $2.738 million. Player salaries are capped at $5.2 million for the upcoming season.

    These measures, passed recently by the league’s board of governors, will go into effect for the 2019 season.

    The league is also planning to enact measures that would control costs on other non-player football expenses, like mini-camps and scouting budgets.

    • Red White Dynamite // June 5, 2018 at 5:15 pm //

      Oh wow.
      The riders are already in trouble. They have 14 on their coaching staff alone.
      Austerity coming to riderville.

      • The Argos have just as many coaches and Popp and Trest earn a boatload. But hey, you choose to trash the Riders blindly. No surprise.

    • MR. Green // June 5, 2018 at 5:24 pm //

      I don’t agree with that. That is a dictatorship and telling everyone, no, you can’t go scout in Alabama this weekend, no, you can’t have open tryouts in Florida this weekend.
      I get thier stance, but disagree. This IMO is to help Montreal, BC and Toronto, as well as the potential new Halifax team. I think Montreals owner is also pushing for this.
      It is what it is. I do see 1 upside, possible higher cap sooner, however less time to scout for talent. Maybe the next Cameron Wake, Ricky Ray, Milt Stegall, never get found. Maybe a great coach like Trestman never makes his way up here.

  23. solara2000 // June 5, 2018 at 5:15 pm //

    The 9 teams are all independent businesses reporting to Boards or Ownership.
    Not sure what the CFL’s business is in the process of the management of a team beyond ensuring they abide by Board of Governor-approved rules and policies and the administration of the collective agreement negotiated by the CFL with the CFLPA. Whether it is too puny is another matter – that is again a decision of the Governors/Owners. Will be amazed if this ever sees the light if day.

  24. Area51 is the kid who couldn’t hack it in the family business yet he thinks an authority on all thing football operations. What a joke you are Don.

  25. 2 cents // June 5, 2018 at 5:49 pm //

    Not sure about this. Are all organizations (fan support, building, city etc.) equal?? No. Then why treat each as equal. If a team has the money they should be able to spend it how they choose. Obviously the organization is doing something right. Why punish them?

  26. MR. Green // June 5, 2018 at 5:57 pm //

    CFL, rewarding mediocrity. Bring every team down to Montreal level. What a joke. Sadam Ambrosie!

    • This is going to backfire on brain fart Ambrosie. Make no mistake about it, this is a move to appease the CFLPA but already in the course of one afternoon he has gone from one union to contend with to two unions to possibly deal with. Yes, Dandy Randy is going to score brownie points with his brethren in the CFLPA but he is also going to have a walkout by coaches. You can’t just up and p*ss in peoples cornflakes and expect them to like it.

  27. Here’s one advantage: by controlling non-player costs, the league might be setting the stage for a higher player cap after the next CBA. And THAT would be very good. The NFL-CFL wage gap is much bigger than it was in the 70s and 80s, and CFL salaries are not always competitive with other (non-football) opportunities. So heading towards an $8 – $10m player cap would be great for the league’s relevance … and controlling “the rest” is part of that.

    • MR. Green // June 5, 2018 at 6:10 pm //

      Go Al’s, I get that part, however the cap will never be that high without a massive tv deal. Stadiums are too small around the league. Good seats are expensive enough now. No doubt a few teams will over the first-year or two. As for staff, some will now lose thier job.

  28. Murphy or O’Day?
    Murphy !

  29. Red White Dynamite // June 5, 2018 at 6:34 pm //

    On the bright side, its not like the riders have been winning and have some kick ass system. All they have is older players anyways. Having to do a reset at end of this season really isn’t all that bad.
    Might be a good time to look into trading Bridge after all. If someone is willing to part with good solid young Canadian talent or some high draft picks, you might be better off.

    • You might be better off worrying about your cramps, rather than obsession about the Riders as always !!

      • Red White Dynamite // June 5, 2018 at 6:57 pm //

        I don’t feel much need for worry.
        We have only 10 coaches; that’s 1.3 win per coach, riders at 14 coaches have .7 win per coach.


        • No worries – CSEC can buy a house for Huff just like they did for Bo Levi.

          • Red White Dynamite // June 6, 2018 at 1:38 am //

            Fact: I know the person who brokered BLM’s mortgage.
            Nice try. Care for another lie?

          • Stamps4Never // June 6, 2018 at 11:18 am //

            I’m surprised Bo Levi even qualified. Lol

          • EskiHoes // June 6, 2018 at 11:20 am //

            Red and White: so what if you pretend to know a mortgage broker, that doesn’t explain where the money to buy said house comes from. Nice try tho you dummy! Red acting all cute trying to understand business. LOL

    • Say goodbye to coaches like Marc Trestman and say hello to more Kavis Reed and Brendan Taman as GMs.

    • Huff's Neighbor // June 6, 2018 at 2:52 pm //

      We see a new handle basement mamma. but the same boring hatred for all things Riders. Sad little girl you are. Sad indeed.

  30. Seems pretty bush league. Obviously the Have Not Presidents outnumbered the Haves.

    • fannotacoach // June 5, 2018 at 8:10 pm //

      One comment I thought worth looking at was not having coaches contracts guaranteed just like the players.

  31. This is total BS. What’s next? the league stepping in and setting season ticket prices for each team? setting beer prices? limiting how loud fans can cheer?

    • True Green // June 6, 2018 at 12:30 am //

      Oh dam, Riders and Bomber are going to get fined for being louder than others, or hey will have to share their noise with the have nots. How is it that no matter what, whenever there’s a dope as prime minister, the west gets F’d and the Quebec benefits?

  32. How about giving teams that know how to manage the right to step in and take over another franchise like BC or Montreal on a 3rd party management basis? Riders take over Montreal operations. Edmonton take over BC operations.

  33. Barry Soetoro // June 5, 2018 at 11:20 pm //

    You used the right picture for this article. There’s no doubt in my mind that Chris Jones and the unlimited budget that Craig Reynolds gave him has irked the other teams. I’ll bet the idea received approval by an 8-1 vote.

  34. True Green // June 6, 2018 at 12:31 am //

    Or they used the picture of C.J. as click bait. You know which one is true.

  35. Red White Dynamite // June 6, 2018 at 1:09 am //

    There is no doubt, as the riders enter a period of austerity next off season it is hard to imagine that Jones, O’Day and Reynolds can all survive. Which one goes? They are all useless in my mind so it won’t matter, but I’m sure rider fans will think differently.

  36. Take this // June 6, 2018 at 2:38 am //

    According to Rod Pederson, there are 13 coaches that will have to be gone next year for every team to be down to 11 coaches. Also according to Pederson, the Riders have 15 coaches, so that means the Riders will have to drop 4 coaches and the other eight teams will have nine to drop. They also have two assistant GMs in Murphy and O’Day. I would expect that one would have to go. I would choose Murphy to leave because he is probably making more money then O’Day but then again, Murphy is one of Jones “guys” so he could be staying.
    I think this is a very good plan. Any coach or GM that has an NFL or NCAA opportunity is already gone. The CFL won’t lose any coach or management to the the south that wouldn’t go anyway. Most of them aren’t offered jobs down there because they aren’t considered to be good enough, not because they already have a CFL contract. It will actually be an advantage to any CFL team looking to replace a coach or GM because the there will be more available with some CFL experience. A lot of CFL teams have become top heavy with enormous salaries going to management with players collecting minimal wages. Pederson also admitted that several players relayed to him that they resented the huge salaries allotted to management. Perhaps, over the long term, some of the saved money can go to increase minimum salaries to attract good talent. I would like to see management and coaches salaries not be guaranteed. In a “What have you done for me lately” business, why have guaranteed salaries and long contracts?

  37. Barry Soetoro // June 6, 2018 at 4:46 am //

    I wonder who is paying Jones’ hotel tab in Regina. Will that count in the cap?

  38. Let me get this straight Jim Popp and Marc Trestman make $1.2M together, a deal made in good faith by the Argos ownership to win and attract fans yet this is a bad thing?
    Only in Canada would this happen! If a business takes steps to build a good product and succeed at it then that team or business must be punished because they stepped out of line with the centralized planning. This is counterintuitive to competition and business principles making the CFL a monopoly, which could spell its demies under the competitions act.
    Yes, the Argos have taken a high risk and high reward approach and so have the Riders, but why shouldn’t they? One group being successful and another less so, but both seek to make a splash in the market to sell. Now the CFL wants to limit that with a central planning approach? This easily could be the final nail in the coffin for the CFL as it on only servers to make the CFL a lesser league on the football operations front.

    Does the CFL attract June Jones from the U.S. and by extension Johnny Manziel by limiting what Jones makes? The intelligent answer is NO. Like it or not Manziel bring U.S. fans who make the TSN deal with TV down south more attractive, which means money for the CFL. It also means some of those fans sick of the NFL battles off the field might just fall in love with the CFL, but they need recognizable NCAA coaching and players faces to stay. This idea that new fans will just fall in love with the CFL, just because is naïve and shows the lack of intelligent business marketing. Recognizable names help market the product and Trestman, Jones, and other coaches help do that in pro football.

    Now the CFL is taking steps to limit any marketing success by capping the ability of teams to hire the next Marc Trestmans and June Jones. Just when one thought the CFL was ready to move forward and bust out of its shell it does what it always does … load gun, point at butt and pull trigger. Just plain stupid.

  39. Man it’s one step forward and two GIANT leaps backwards with this cap. What other pro league does this?? None. Way to go Ambrosie! Your first gaffe! Newsflash, American viewership is never going to be thru the roof, quit trying to suck their feet cause it’ll never, never, never happens.

  40. Mr Curling // June 6, 2018 at 11:50 am //

    By limiting coaches etc the league has just opened itself up to a multi million dollar class action lawsuit by the players over safety/concussion issues. It stands to reason more, better coaching will help teach safe tackling and blocking techniques so by limiting numbers and salaries of coaches the league is saying “we don’t care about safety” Surprising in this day and age

  41. Just pay the coaches whatever the hell you want, deal with the fines after. Put coaches into advisory roles, have there official job title as “water boy”. Theres so many loop holes to this, I just cant see it being enforced. The question came up to Ambroise yesterday on the sportscage. Ambroise said itll be treated like an “honour system” almost. Just stupid. I had a feeling this was done so that when CBA negotiations happen – they have the excuse of well oh now are football personells salary is capped – Previously players were upset that coaches got paid way more than the players, and that there contracts were guaranteed. Well now the league got ahead of that arguement. They will never raise the Players Salary Cap by any large amount and this is just a bargaining chip to screw them, and everyone for that matter. What a frigen mess. You gotta pay for the best coaches. You want to bring in lots of personel to build for the future. Not only for the team but for the entire league. I hope the coaches start a union – go on strike – its b.s. If teams cant afford all there coaches, manage your business better. Who cares if the riders have 30 coaches?! They still havent won anything since 2013 its not like they have an advantage over anyone else. Just because we run a good business, and can afford these things, doesnt mean we should be punished for it. All teams should strive to be the best, with the best people, and everyone deserves to make as much money as they can. Mic drop im outta here good luck cfl.

  42. Now we understand why Austin decided to look for a real job. He read the tea leaves 🙂

  43. Sight , the countdown to CFL extinction has BEGUN!!! Well it was only a matter of time till the greedy eastern private owners ruined the league !!! Well perhaps a new super league will evolve that has some exciting new rules that incorporate both NFL and CFL rules!!! teams in both countries and a lower cdn player ratio. as long as TO and the Calgary whiners are banned from having a franchise it would be a upgrade to the league we have now !!!

  44. One of the last nails in the coffin of a league already on life support.

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