The 2006 Canadian Football League season starts next week with commissioner Tom Wright at the helm, but his position will be subject to a review when it is over.
The CFL has its annual general meeting on Tuesday in Winnipeg and among the topics scheduled to be discussed are the salary management system and the video replay system, but Wright's immediate future is not believed to be up for discussion.
Last spring, Wright sought a multi-year extension on his contract, which expired after the first three years, but was only given a one-year addition -- something perceived to be a clear non-confidence motion by teams critical of his leadership. B.C.'s David Braley and Montreal's Robert Wetenhall are philosophically at odds with Wright's leadership even though they like him personally, while Hamilton's Bob Young seems to be siding against the other two. Wright needs six of eight votes to have his contract extended.
A newspaper report yesterday said the CFL board of governors has told Wright his contract will not be renewed beyond the end of this season. The report also said Wetenhall and Braley would like Wright to resign immediately so a search committee could be put in place to find a replacement, but the other team owners/governors want him to finish his term.
Wright has given no indication that he plans to resign or spend the days leading up to the annual general meeting pondering his future.
"The contract that I have says they have to let me know (about renewing the deal) before the Grey Cup (in November)," Wright said yesterday. "I've gone around the league and I've certainly got a perspective as to where my support is and where my support isn't. But no vote has happened. But on confidential matters that aren't attributed, I just don't comment and that has been my approach."
MOSCA SHOWS UP
Hamilton Tiger-Cats legend Angelo Mosca attended last night's game, backtracking on a personal protest against the Argos' signing of Ricky Williams.
He did so at the suggestion of Tiger-Cats vice-president of corporate partnerships, Mark Bowden.
"I don't have anything against Ricky Williams," Mosca said. "I'm a man of my word, but (Bowden) said, 'Please come back.' So I'm here for him."