CFL fines Ticats, Bombers, and Lions for exceeding salary cap in 2023

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The Canadian Football League has fined three franchises for exceeding the league’s Salary Expenditure Cap in 2023.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and B.C. Lions all spent above the cap last season by an amount less than $100,000. As a result, each team incurred a dollar-for-dollar fine of the amount exceeded and the selection order for the 2024 CFL Draft on April 30 remains unaffected.

The Lions were the biggest offender, going over their allotted budget by $85,979 in 2023. The Bombers exceeded the amount by $25,947, while the Ticats received a fine of just $2,654.

All nine teams are required to provide updates to the league on their compensation levels at the six-, 12- and 18-game points of the season. A detailed field audit of all nine clubs is completed following every season.

Four teams were fined for exceeding the salary cap in 2022, with the Bombers being the only repeat offender last year.

CFL teams had a salary cap of $5.45 million in 2023. The mark for the upcoming 2024 season has been set at $5.525 million.

Training camps are set to open across the league on Sunday, May 12. The regular season will kick off on Thursday, June 6 with a Grey Cup rematch between the Montreal Alouettes and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.