PLAYER DISICPLINE – WEEK #2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Monday, 07 July 2014 22:09

PLAYER DISICPLINE – WEEK #2

TORONTO -- The Canadian Football League has announced today that it has imposed its maximum fine on Ottawa REDBLACKS defensive back Jerrell Gavins for a late and low hit on Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Drew Willy.

“This type of play has absolutely no place in our game,” said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. “It was unnecessary, extremely dangerous and will not be tolerated.”

Gavins was flagged on the play.

The CFL also announced that it has fined Edmonton Eskimo defensive lineman Odell Willis for delivering a high hit on Hamilton Tiger-Cat quarterback Zach Collaros.

Following an extensive video review, it was concluded that there is evidence of contact to the neck area.

“We have stressed to players and officials alike the importance of protecting the health and safety of our players in general, and the health and safety of quarterbacks in particular, as the game often puts them in exposed positions,” said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. “Creating a culture of player health and safety is paramount to the Canadian Football League.”

It was also determined that Willis should have been flagged on the play.

 
PLAYER DISCIPLINE – WEEK #1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 20:45

PLAYER DISCIPLINE – WEEK #1

TORONTO -- The Canadian Football League has imposed its maximum fine on Montreal Alouette Kyries Hebert following an illegal and extremely dangerous tackle while trying to dislodge the football from his opponent. Hebert was penalized on the play and ejected from the game.

“We are committed to fostering a culture of health and safety in all we do as a league, including the standards we set through player discipline,” said Mark Cohon, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.

A hearing took place earlier today that included Hebert, representation from Canadian Football League Players Association (CFLPA), and representation from the CFL including Cohon. Following the hearing and after reviewing the play on video from every available angle, the Commissioner has decided to impose the highest fine allowed under its collective bargaining agreement with the CFLPA, the equivalent of half of a player’s game cheque.

The CFL also announced today the following discipline arising out of Week One of play:

Edmonton Eskimo Thaddeus Coleman has been fined for hitting an opponent (with his arm) in the back of the head.

Calgary Stampeder Corey Mace has been fined for delivering a punch.

Saskatchewan Roughrider Rob Bagg has been fined for delivering a punch.

Hamilton Tiger-Cat Craig Butler has been fined for using his helmet to deliver a blow to an opponent’s helmet.

As per league policy, fine amounts are not disclosed.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 July 2014 15:04
 
CFL & CFLPA TEAM-UP WITH YOU CAN PLAY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Friday, 27 June 2014 11:18


CFL & CFLPA TEAM-UP WITH YOU CAN PLAY

CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon & Calgary Stampeder Jon Cornish available to media at Noon MT at McMahon Stadium


TORONTO - The Canadian Football League and the Canadian Football League Players' Association launched today a new partnership with the You Can Play Project, an organization that is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.

"This is a very important issue facing the sports world today," said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. "And it's  important to our league and our players. Through this partnership we are demonstrating that we fully support openly gay athletes and we will provide the environment and resources necessary to ensure players are welcomed and respected, and evaluated solely on their athletic abilities, regardless of their sexual orientation."

CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon & Calgary Stampeder Jon Cornish will be available to media at Noon MT at McMahon Stadium to discuss the partnership.

Through this partnership, YCP will provide a confidential and anonymous system through which CFL players, coaches and staff can receive support, training, counseling, or other resources as needed.

"We have some of the greatest athletes in the world playing in our league, and their sexual orientation should be of no consequence," said Scott Flory, CFLPA President and former CFL All-Star. "This partnership will provide support to all CFL players as we continue to remove any barriers or disrespect to openly gay athletes in professional sports."

Another former football player, Wade Davis, is the executive director for You Can Play, and spent time playing in the NFL and NFL Europe as a closeted gay athlete.

"We are honoured to partner with the CFL to build a more inclusive culture in the locker rooms, on the field, and in the stands," said Davis. "At any level, football is about family. My teammates were my brothers and my friends, and I would have done anything for them. We will work with the CFL and its players to ensure that family atmosphere includes all of our LGBT brothers and sisters."

The Canadian Football League and its Players' Association is the third professional sports league in North America to partner with YCP, joining the NHL and MLS.

"You Can Play is proud to be a partner of the CFL," said Patrick Burke, President of YCP. "We believe talent, character, and work ethic are what matters in the sports world. It is encouraging to see the CFL and its players embrace the same ideals. This is an exciting day for LGBT football fans and players across Canada. It is wonderful that they now know without a doubt that they are welcomed and embraced by the CFL family."

As part of this partnership, each CFL team has identified an ambassador who will work with their teammates and YCP to provide the necessary support and resources to any player or staff member who requests it. These players will also be involved in their communities to promote equality and respect for all athletes.

Here is the list of team YCP ambassadors:

BC Lions                               Marco Ianuzzi

Edmonton Eskimos                Mike Reilly

Calgary Stampeders               Jon Cornish

Saskatchewan Roughriders     Jim Hopson

Winnipeg Blue Bombers          Donovan Alexander

Hamilton Tiger-Cats                 Brian Bulcke

Toronto Argonauts                  Zander Robinson

Ottawa REDBLACKS             Eric Fraser

Montreal Alouettes               Kyries Hebert

During the World Pride Parade in Toronto on Sunday, June 29, members of the Argonauts will join the You Can Play float in support of this partnership and important cause. This marks the second year in a row that the Argos have been representatives in the Parade.

"It's great to see our players step up for this important issue," said Cohon. "Through the sports communities collective efforts, we truly hope that this will be a non-issue in the future."

Media interested in interviewing Patrick Burke or Wade Davis about the partnership are asked to contact Molly Burke at Molly.Burke@edelman.com

 
CFL Players of the Week - Week 1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 15:35

TORONTO - Drew Willy, Ricky Foley and Chad Owens were named the Canadian Football League Players of the Week for opening week of the 2014 Canadian Football League season.

The three 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

Drew Willy
QB - Winnipeg Blue Bombers  

Toronto Argonauts 21 @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers 45


Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Drew Willy was named the Offensive Player of the Week for Week 1. Willy completed 19-of-27 passes for 308 passing yards, including four touchdown passes in Winnipeg's win over the Toronto Argonauts, 45-21.

Willy in his first game as a Blue Bomber found wide receiver Aaron Kelly twice for 27 and nine-yard touchdowns, as well as Julian Feoli-Gudino for a seven-yard touchdown and Cory Watson for a 25-yard touchdown.

Willy, a native of Randolph, NJ and the all-time leader in career yards and touchdowns at University of Buffalo, set career single game highs in both passing yards and touchdown passes in the game.

This is Willy's first player of the week award in his career.

CFL Defensive and Canadian Player of the Week

Ricky Foley
DE - Saskatchewan Roughriders

Hamilton Tiger-Cats 10 @ Saskatchewan Roughriders 31


Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive end Ricky Foley was named the Defensive and Canadian Player of the Week for Week 1. Foley recorded six tackles including three sacks to help the Roughriders win the Grey Cup rematch over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 31-10.

Foley, a Courtice, ON native and former York University football player recorded 45 tackles and eight sacks last season with the Grey Cup winning Roughriders.

CFL Special Teams Player of the Week

Chad Owens
KR - Toronto Argonauts  

Toronto Argonauts 21 @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers 45


Toronto Argonauts kick returner Chad Owens was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 1. Owens returned a Mike Renaud punt 83 yards for a touchdown in a losing effort, as the Argonauts lost the opening game of the season to the Blue Bombers, 45-21.

Owens returned three punts for a total of 85-yards.

The 2012 Most Outstanding Player and all-time all-purpose yards leader at University of Hawaii had 163 all-purpose yards in the game.

This is Owens' seventh career Special Teams Player of the Week.

 
NEW FIVE-YEAR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT RATIFIED BY CFL AND CFLPA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Friday, 13 June 2014 19:15

MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT
06.13.14

NEW FIVE-YEAR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT RATIFIED BY CFL AND CFLPA

TORONTO -- A new five year collective bargaining agreement has been officially ratified by both the Canadian Football League and the Canadian Football Players' Association.

"This agreement provides stability for our teams at the same time it improves pay, health and safety, and mobility for players," said Mark Cohon, Commissioner of the CFL.

"We're looking forward to a successful season and working together to grow this great league."

"The Players are committed to putting the best possible product on the field and are excited to get back to the game that we all love," said CFL Players' Association President, Scott Flory.

The new agreement will be in place until the later of May 15, 2019 or the first day of training camp in 2019.

However, if the nine teams' aggregate revenues (excluding Grey Cup) increase by more than $27 million in any year of the agreement, both sides will renegotiate an increase to the salary cap starting in the 2016 season.

The agreement changes the way players are classified. Instead of being known as non-imports and imports, they will now be classified as nationals and internationals.

A player will be considered a national player if he was a Canadian citizen at the time of signing his first contract, was classified as a non-import prior to May 31, 2014, or was physically resident in Canada for an aggregate period of five years prior to reaching the age of 18.

In the past, a player could be born in Canada and have Canadian citizenship, but not qualify for non-import status if he received his football training outside of Canada. One example would be the sons of some former CFL players, who may have been born in Canada but learned their football in the U.S.

While some have long argued non-import players should simply be called Canadians, there remain some players in the league who were counted as non-imports even though they are not Canadian citizens.

The agreement also:

•         Increases the current salary cap per team from $4.4 million to $5 million this year and an additional $50,000 a year in subsequent years to a total of $5.2 million in 2018.

•        Sets the minimum any team must spend on players' salaries at $4.4 million this year, and an additional $50,000 a year in subsequent years, to a total of $4.6 million in 2018.

•        Increases the minimum pay for players from the current $45,000 to $50,000 this year and an additional $1,000 a year to a total of $54,000 in 2018.

•        Increases pension contributions from the current $3,600 for clubs and $3,600 for players to $3,700 each in 2014 and an additional $100 each a year to a total contribution of $4,100 each in 2018.

•        Provides a $1,500 ratification bonus per each rookie player, and $7,500 per each veteran player for ratification bonuses, with the union to determine the scale on which veterans will receive bonuses (with all such bonuses to be paid to players on team rosters as of June 22, 2014).

•        Increases a team's active roster from 42 to 44 players, and decreases a team's reserve roster from four to two players.

•        Amends the rules and regulations to provide for a six-game injured list, eliminating the nine-game injured list.  Clubs are allowed to pull a maximum of two players off the six-game injury list early and without it counting against the salary cap for any player who continues to be on that list for more than six games.

•        Amends the training camp protocol to allow only one practice a day to have contact.

•        Amends in-season provisions to provide to allow only one practice a week to have contact.

•        Eliminates the current requirement for an option year on all future contracts with the exception of first contracts for rookie players.

•        Expands practice rosters from seven to 10 players per team and, come the Fall, from 12 to 15 players.

"The CFL Players' Association would like to thank our fans for their support and understanding during this process," said Flory.

"I want to thank our players, teams and especially our fans for their patience during this time," Cohon said. "Now it's time to focus on what we all love: the great game of Canadian football."

 
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