Riders cancel open tryout in Montreal that would have violated CFL bylaws

The Saskatchewan Roughriders were forced to cancel an open tryout in Montreal that would have violated CFL bylaws.

While all CFL teams hold off-season workouts in cities across the U.S., it’s unusual – if not unheard of – for a CFL team to host an event in a rival city. For good reason, as it turns out.

“Should the Riders have gone ahead with the tryout, it would have been against our League bylaws,” said Paulo Senra, the CFL’s director of communications. “A team can only hold those tryouts in Canada within their club’s protected territory. For the ‘Riders, that is the province of Saskatchewan.”

The league was alerted to the workout by Montreal Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed.

I’m told #AlsMTL GM Kavis Reed notified #CFL about Riders’ Montreal open tryout session – and now it’s off. Chris Jones has chutzpah

The event was listed on the Riders page detailing their other tryouts but has since been deleted. But we have a screen cap.

This isn’t the first time the Riders have faced league scrutiny since Jones took over as general manager and head coach before the 2016 season. In August, the CFL fined the Roughriders $60,000 and reduced the team’s salary cap by $26,000 for practising with ineligible players. That same month, the was also fined for violating the league’s ratio rules.

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