CFL leaders discussing lowering the amount of Canadian players and starters: report

Photo courtesy: Rod Pedersen

Saskatchewan-based media personality Rod Pedersen had a CFL source tell him the leaders of the three-down league are considering lowering the number of Canadians on game-day rosters.

Pedersen tweeted the news on Wednesday morning and then followed it with commentary on his self-named show.

Forget about MLSE and The Rock. A source tells me CFL leaders are discussing dropping the amount of nationals by five per team and dropping the starters ratio to three,” Pedersen posted on Twitter

“To say that’s been ground-shaking is an understatement. It’s sounded alarm bells for Canadian football,” Pedersen said on The Rod Pedersen Show.

“You know people are going to run off crazy with this, but this is from a source who has said they’re talking about dropping the starters ratio to three and eliminating five Canadian positions per team.”

The owners from both the CFL and XFL have agreed to work together to identify opportunities for the leagues to innovate and grow the game of football. The Rock has stated he’s excited for the ‘unique opportunity’ the CFL and XFL ‘can potentially create together.’

That potential partnership could include the reduction of Canadian players. Between offence and defence, seven of the 24 starters must be nationals, part of the 21 non-imports on the 44-man roster.