CFL asks fans to rule on OT

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

CFL fans are once again being asked for input into league rules, and this time they have to work overtime.

Before the league heads to its annual congress March 3-5 in Edmonton, it wants to know if the current overtime structure passes muster.

The current system is based on the NCAA shootout style in that each team gets a possession from the 35-yard line and whichever one takes a lead after a series gets the win.

Fans can e-mail rules@cfl.ca by Feb. 15 to answer the following questions:

- Is the series-of-downs format superior to the old system of extra OT periods or halves?

- Should teams scrimmage from somewhere other than the 35-yard line?

- Should teams be required to drive for a TD instead of settling for a field goal, or should teams be required to attempt a two-point convert following a TD?

"Some of our most exciting games last season, including one of our playoff games, were decided in overtime, and that prompted some discussion among fans about our format," said CFL commissioner Mark Cohon in a statement.

The NFL format is being discussed after the Minnesota Vikings lost to the New Orleans Saints last weekend without getting the ball in the extra period.

Stamps ink Franklin

The Calgary Stampeders announced Thursday they have locked up Canadian receiver Arjei Franklin to a contract extension.

Franklin, 27, came to the Stamps in a five-player deal with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. In seven games, Franklin caught five passes for 40 yards, but he had four for 85 yards and a TD in two playoff games.

Extra points

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed DB Omarr Morgan. The cornerback heads into his 10th CFL season, nine of which with the Riders ... The Montreal Alouettes inked a pair of Canadians in WR Eric Deslauriers and DL Jeff Robertshaw.

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