COHON INFORMS CFL BOARD OF GOVERNORS HE WILL NOT SEEK A THIRD TERM AS COMMISSIONER OF THE CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 19:14

COHON INFORMS CFL BOARD OF GOVERNORS HE WILL NOT SEEK A THIRD TERM AS COMMISSIONER OF THE CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE

"Mark has vastly improved the league's business model." -- CFL Board Chairman Jim Lawson

-- Media Conference Call with Mark Cohon and Jim Lawson at 4:00pm ET--

TORONTO -
Mark Cohon, one of the longest serving and accomplished Commissioners in the history of the Canadian Football League, announced today that he will not seek a renewal of his contract which expires next Spring.
"When I started eight seasons ago, it was my goal to work closely with the Board of Governors to transform the CFL. Together, we have accomplished our goals and much more," Cohon said.

"From our transformative TV deal with Bell Media, to the renaissance in new and remodeled stadiums across the country, to the reintroduction of CFL football in our nation's capital, to the first comprehensive drug policy in CFL history, to a well-structured new CBA with our players, we have achieved so much," he added.

"With the positive work we have done, the time is approaching for me to tackle new opportunities and new ventures, and I have informed our Board of Governors of my decision."

Jim Lawson, Chairman of the Canadian Football League's Board of Governors, said the league has made tremendous strides during Cohon's tenure.

"Mark has vastly improved the league's business model and brought innovation to our game, while at the same time connecting deeply with our broad and growing fan base," Lawson said. "He will always be known as the fans' Commissioner."

Cohon thanked several groups for their contributions to the CFL.

"Football is the ultimate team sport, and all of the league's accomplishments are the product of the vision and work of many people: committed franchise owners and chairs, team presidents and staff, and of course our players, who are elite athletes and even better people," Cohon said.

"But the credit for everything and anything we do ultimately belongs to the people who make everything in the CFL possible: our fans."

Among the league's accomplishments while Cohon has been Commissioner:

Expansion:
o   The debut of the Ottawa REDBLACKS as the CFL returned to the national capital under strong local ownership.
o   Exploring opportunities in Atlantic Canada through three successful Touchdown Atlantic games in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Broadcast:
o   A vastly improved national broadcast deal with TSN and RDS which runs until 2018.
o   A new U.S. broadcast deal with ESPN which runs until 2018.

Player  Agreements:

o   Successful negotiation of two Collective Bargaining Agreements that enhanced the fundamental business model of the CFL while bringing labour peace through 2018.

Football Operations:
o   Introduction, in partnership with the CFLPA, of a ground breaking new drug policy, which saw the CFL become the first major professional sports league in North America to test for HGH.
o   Establishment of a centralized command centre for more effective video review of coaches' challenges during games.
o   Enhanced health and safety through the introduction of concussion protocols, rule changes, enhanced discipline and grass roots programs to make our game safer for players and kids alike.

Stadium Renaissance:

o   Construction of new or refurbished stadiums in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Hamilton, with another new stadium planned for Regina in 2017, and stadium improvement projects in Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal.

Grey Cups:
o   The national celebration of the 100th Grey Cup in 2012 marked by a national tour for the historic trophy and capped by the wildly successful championship game and festival in Toronto.
o   Improved profile and coverage of our national championship with sold out Grey Cup games and successful festivals in Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Regina as well as Toronto.

CFL Brand:
o   Reinvigoration of the CFL brand and pride in our league through the landmark "This is Our League" marketing campaign.
o   New and innovative fan friendly events and programs:

- Annual State of the League briefing hosted by Commissioner for CFL fans.

- Grey Cup Fan March which sees fans carry the Grey Cup to the stadium.

- A modernized rules committee process which invited fans to initiate rules changes. 

Cohon indicated a willingness to stay on as Commissioner until his current contract expires in April 2015.

The Board of Governors will discuss next steps soon, Lawson said.

"Mark has done a wonderful job for our league," Lawson said. "The CFL will continue to grow and succeed in the future under a new Commissioner, building on the strong foundation Mark has worked to build."

CFL Conference Call Details:


Who: CFL Commissioner, Mark Cohon
CFL Chairman of the Board of Governors, Jim Lawson
When: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
4:00pm ET 
Call-In Number: 416-695-7806 / 888-789-9572
Passcode: 2464035


Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 19:20
 
CFL Players of the Week - Week 8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 16:01

CFL Players of the Week 2014

Canadian Football League Week #8


TORONTO - Stefan Logan, John Chick, Tim Brown and Rob Bagg were named the Canadian Football League Players of the Week for Week 8 of the 2014 Canadian Football League season.

The four players were chosen by a panel of judges including: former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN, and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.


CFL Offensive Player of the Week

Stefan Logan
RB - BC Lions

BC Lions 33 @ Toronto Argonauts 17

BC Lions running back Stefan Logan was named the Offensive Player of the Week for Week 8. Logan rushed for a career-high 145 yards on 19 carries (7.6 yards per carry) and scored a touchdown in the Lions' 33-17 road victory over the Toronto Argonauts.

With Andrew Harris out of the lineup, Logan was able to carry the rushing load for the Lions. Logan, a Tampa, Florida native scored his lone touchdown of the game from three-yards out to open the scoring at the Rogers Centre.

The all-time rushing and all purpose yards record holder at the University of South Dakota also caught five passes for 49 yards in the game.

This makes it consecutive weeks that a BC Lions player has won the award, last week Kevin Glenn was the recipient of the honour.

This is Logan's first Player of the Week award in his three seasons in the CFL.


CFL Defensive Player of the Week

John Chick
DE - Saskatchewan Roughriders

Montreal Alouettes 11 @ Saskatchewan Roughriders 16

Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive end John Chick was named the Defensive Player of the Week for Week 8. Chick collected three sacks for a second consecutive week to help the Roughriders earn a 16-11 win over the visiting Alouettes. The victory extended the team's win streak to four games.

The 6'4" 250 pound Gillette, Wyoming native totaled four tackles and a forced fumble to earn back-to-back Defensive Player of the Week honours.

The product of Utah State is currently first in the league in sacks with 12 and has 22 tackles in seven games this season. If Chick continues to produce at his current pace, he will eclipse James Parker's 30-year-old single season sack record of 26.5.

Chick has already surpassed his career-high of 11 sacks, set during the 2009 campaign.

This is Chick's third Player of the Week award this season, in addition to being named July's Defensive Player of the Month.


CFL Special Teams Player of the Week

Tim Brown
KR/PR - BC Lions

BC Lions 33 @ Toronto Argonauts 17

BC Lions kick and punt returner Tim Brown was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 8. Against the Argonauts, Brown had a combined 249 return yards in the Lions' 33-17 triumph.

The former Temple Owl returned a career-high ten punts for 169 yards (averaging 16.9 yards) and also returned three kickoffs for 80 yards (averaging 26.7 yards).

The 5'8" 190 pound native of Stockton, California has averaged 26.6 yards on kickoff returns and 14.3 yards on punt returns this season.

This is the fourth time in Brown's career that he has been named Special Teams Player of the Week.


CFL Canadian Player of the Week

Rob Bagg
WR - Saskatchewan Roughriders

Montreal Alouettes 11 @ Saskatchewan Roughriders 16

Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver Rob Bagg was named the Canadian Player of the Week for Week 8. Bagg caught six passes for 90 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown in the Roughriders' 16-11 victory over the Montreal Alouettes.

Bagg, a product of Queen's University, scored Saskatchewan's lone touchdown of the game when Darian Durant found him in one-on-one coverage running a post route on the first play of the fourth quarter.

The Kingston, Ontario native's 25 receptions and 359 receiving yards lead the Roughriders this season.

This is Bagg's fourth Canadian Player of the Week award during his seven-year career.

 
CFL Players of the Week - Week 7 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 15:59

CFL Players of the Week 2014

Canadian Football League Week #7


TORONTO
– Kevin Glenn, John Chick, Brandon Banks and Jerome Messam were named the Canadian Football League Players of the Week for Week 7 of the 2014 Canadian Football League season.

The four players were chosen by a panel of judges including: former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN, and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.


CFL Offensive Player of the Week

Kevin Glenn
QB – BC Lions

Hamilton Tiger-Cats 29 @ BC Lions 36

BC Lions quarterback Kevin Glenn was named the Offensive Player of the Week for Week 7. Glenn completed 22-of-36 (61.1%) passes for 407 yards. He threw one touchdown and rushed for another in the Lions’ 36-29 home win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Midway through the first quarter, Glenn found Emmanuel Arceneaux on a 10-yard pass to give the Lions an early 10-0 advantage.

Glenn ran twice in the game for 36 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter to give the Lions a 17-3 lead.

Glenn, a product of Illinois State, is currently second in the league with 1,797 passing yards and has eight passing touchdowns this season.

It was the seventh time in the Detroit, Michigan native’s career that he has passed for over 400 yards.

This is Glenn’s first Player of the Week award this season and his first since Week 17 in 2010.


CFL Defensive Player of the Week

John Chick
DE – Saskatchewan Roughriders

Saskatchewan Roughriders 23 @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers 17

Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive end John Chick was named the Defensive Player of the Week for Week 7. Chick recorded a career-high three sacks en route to the Roughriders’ 23-17 road victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The 6’4” 250 pound defensive end totaled five tackles in the game.

The native of Gillette, Wyoming and product of Utah State is currently first in the league in sacks with nine and has 18 tackles in six games this season. If Chick continues at his current pace, he will eclipse the CFL single season sack record of 26.5, established by James Parker in 1984.

This is Chick’s second Player of the Week award this season; he was also named Defensive Player of the Month for July.


CFL Special Teams Player of the Week

Brandon Banks
KR/PR – Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Hamilton Tiger-Cats 29 @ BC Lions 36

Hamilton Tiger-Cats kick and punt returner Brandon Banks was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 7. In Banks’ matchup against the BC Lions, he returned a Ricky Schmitt punt 97 yards for a touchdown in the Ticats’ 36-29 loss.

Banks returned five punts for 116 yards (averaging 23.2 yards) and four kickoffs for 86 yards (averaging 21.5 yards).

The 5’7” 153 pound returner is a native of Garner, North Carolina and holds the Kansas State University single season record for most kickoff return yards.

This makes it back-to-back weeks in which a Hamilton Tiger-Cat has taken home Special Teams Player of the Week honours after fellow returner Quincy McDuffie won the award in Week 6.

This is the second time in Banks’ career that he has been named Special Teams Player of the Week.


CFL Canadian Player of the Week

Jerome Messam
RB – Saskatchewan Roughriders

Saskatchewan Roughriders 23 @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers 17

Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Jerome Messam was named the Canadian Player of the Week for Week 7. Messam took over running back duties in the second quarter and rushed for 126 yards on 19 carries as the Riders won 23-17 on the road against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Messam, a Toronto, Ontario native, was heavily relied upon late in the fourth to run the clock for the Roughriders. In the final frame, Messam accumulated 73 yards on 12 carries.

His 126 rushing yards was the most he has recorded in a game since 2011, when he ran for 139 against Hamilton.

This is Messam’s first Canadian Player of the Week award this season and the seventh of his career, with his last coming in Week 17 of the 2011 season.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 16:03
 
CFL Player Discipline - Week #7 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 20:06

PLAYER DISCIPLINE - WEEK #7


TORONTO
- The Canadian Football League announced today that it has fined the following players:

Hamilton Tiger-Cat linebackers Marc Beswick and Simoni Lawrence for making public comments to media that were critical of CFL game officials.

As per league policy, the amounts of the fines were not disclosed.

 
Coming Soon: Bold New CFL Signature Uniforms From Reebok PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:02

COMING SOON: BOLD NEW CFL SIGNATURE UNIFORMS FROM REEBOK

Fun and exciting new look will "push the envelope": Cohon

TORONTO - Canadian Football League teams are preparing to debut bold and exciting new CFL Signature Uniforms from Reebok later this summer, the league announced today.

"Our fans are absolutely going to love these innovative looks," said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. "We respect tradition and our teams are very proud of our current home and away uniforms. But the CFL Signature Uniforms are intended to be bold and eye catching and push the envelope. And Reebok has worked hard with our franchises to deliver something really exciting."

The product of eighteen months of consultation, design and manufacturing, each CFL Signature Uniform will be worn by its team twice this year, and again into next season.

"These are complete uniforms - everything, from head to toe, including helmet, jersey, pants, socks and even gloves - and they are entirely new," said Sara Moore, VP Marketing for the CFL. "Each one tells a story about its team, what that team stands for, and the fans who stand with it."

Fans got a bit of a sneak preview of the approach when the BC Lions debuted their new CFL Signature Uniform a year early, in 2013.

"The Lions were our forerunners last year and the fans snapped up the jersey that was at the centre of the team's bold new gunmetal look," said Stewart Clark, Marketing Director for Reebok Canada. "So we're really thrilled to see how Canadians right across the league react to the CFL Signature Uniform Program. It's been a labour of love for us at Reebok, and an opportunity for some of our most fashion-forward designers, most creative minds and biggest CFL fans to give their own fresh twist to the teams' uniforms."

Later today, the CFL will issue a schedule on its Instagram account (@CFL_Official) with the hashtag #SignatureLook, which will expose the dates each team is slated to release its new CFL Signature Uniform. The Instagram account will also feature player reactions from some of the CFL's biggest names.

And more details - including news on when and how fans can get their own CFL Signature Jerseys - will be available at CFL.ca and the league's family of digital properties in the days ahead.

"With new stars emerging on the field, new stadiums dotting the CFL landscape, and new fans joining our loyal supporters, today's CFL is poised for a bright and bold future," Cohon said. "These new uniforms capture that spirit and reflect our momentum. It's going to be a lot of fun to see our teams proudly wear them and our fans react to them."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:05
 
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