CFL commissioner Cohon to step away in April 2015

CFL commissioner Mark Cohon walks the sidelines during CFL action between the Calgary Stampeders...

CFL commissioner Mark Cohon walks the sidelines during CFL action between the Calgary Stampeders and Montreal Aloutettes in Calgary, Alta., on June 28, 2014. (Lyle Aspinall/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:00 PM ET

Not many CFL commissioners stayed in the post as long as Mark Cohon has.

The fact he’s leaving on his own terms is almost as rare.

The 48-year-old surprised most around the three-down loop on Wednesday when the CFL announced Cohon will not be seeking a third term after eight years at the helm. He will remain in his role until his contract expires in April.

Cohon’s list of accomplishments is much longer than his failures — of that there is no debate. That is the main reason why he will end up being the longest-serving CFL commissioner since Jake Gaudaur’s 16-year reign ended in 1984.

“We would all conclude that the league is much stronger today and in a much better position today than it was when Mark first started out in his role,” Brock Bulbuck, Winnipeg’s CFL governor, said on Wednesday. “It’s been a good period of time for the CFL.”

Cohon was no talk and all action during his stint as the commish. He landed a five-year, $200-million television contract with TSN and RDS, he found stable ownership in returning the league to Ottawa, and he oversaw the construction or refurbishment of stadiums for nearly every organization.


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