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Coaches and scouts to consider forming union after league decides to cap football expenditures

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In the wake of the CFL’s decision to impose a cap on football operations expenditures, coaches and scouts around the Canadian Football League have begun discussions about forming a union.

According to TSN reporter Dave Naylor, the hard money number will be $2.723 and coaching staffs will be maxed out at 11 and front office executives at 17.

Just based on sheer numbers, there will be coaches who get pink slips when the football expenditures cap takes effect in 2019. Current coaching staff numbers across the league: the Montreal Alouettes have 14 people on staff, Ottawa Redblacks 10, Hamilton Tiger-Cats 11, Toronto Argonauts 15, Winnipeg Blue Bombers 10, Saskatchewan Roughriders 15, Edmonton Eskimos 13, Calgary Stampeders 10 and B.C. Lions 10. That means 13 coaches would be unemployed in 2019.

“Some coaches and scouts are going to lose their jobs after this season,” one league source said.

Total player salaries are capped at $5.2 million and the CFLPA has a union for the athletes. Football executives and coaches are in the process of trying to band together and form their own union. That would pave the way for having to establish a collective bargaining agreement.

“If the league wants to treat us like the players,” another source said. “we will fight.”

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