CFL Blitz: Changing the rules

Canadian CFL quarterback Brandon Sinopoli. (COLIN TOMCHICK/QMI Agency)

Canadian CFL quarterback Brandon Sinopoli. (COLIN TOMCHICK/QMI Agency)

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:38 PM ET

The unique rules make the CFL special, and there would be no point changing such things as no yards or the rouge.

But the CFL isn’t perfect, of course. It just needs a few tweaks.

The biggest problem the league has ever year is the depth of Canadian talent. At the start of the season, every team is stocked with solid players who can contribute. As the year goes along, injuries inevitably happen, and it becomes a strain on teams.

So if this humble CFL reporter were made commissioner, here are the five things that would get changed, starting with some Canadian (non-import) issues:

• The ratio would consist of 20 Canadians and 22 imports. The way it stands now, there are 19 imports, 20 Canadians and three quarterbacks of any passport. There is no benefit to carrying a non-import pivot. With a Canadian QB counting against the ratio, there would be a benefit to having one on the roster, and therefore, a few would develop.

• When a non-import player is injured, he can be placed on the one-game injured list without counting against the salary cap. Too often a player is deemed to be out four to six weeks, so he’s placed on the nine-game injury list for salary-cap relief. He could come back early but often can’t. Right now, one-game injured players count against the cap. This would give teams a few more man-games from their non-imports.

• If you were born in Canada, you are a non-import in the CFL. Simple. The non-import rules are quite complicated, but there are cases where Canadian-born players aren’t considered non-imports.

• The weekly schedule would be Friday Night Football (one game) with the rest of the games on Saturdays. If TSN can’t accommodate having three games in one day, they can sell off the rights to other networks.

• The CFL season would begin June 15 and not on July 1, which would then push the Grey Cup back to about mid-November. Some outdoor venues, such as the new buildings in Hamilton and Winnipeg, would then get Grey Cups.

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca

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