CFL puts rule-change proposals on table for all to see

Bombers' Demond Washington was called for pass interference on this play last season. Could such a...

Bombers' Demond Washington was called for pass interference on this play last season. Could such a play be reviewable next season? (Kevin King/QMI Agency/Files)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

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First of all, you’ve got to hand it to the Canadian Football League for finding a way to get attention in the heart of hockey season.

The decision to make rule-change proposals public before they even make it to the rules committee, let alone to the board of governors, is a nifty little bit of P.R.

You never used to hear so much as a peep about these things until they were done deals.

Perhaps the league realizes a rules debate would make healthier headlines than the nasty CBA negotiations between owners and players, which appear to be heading nowhere.

Because on Tuesday the CFL not only released the rule changes on the table, but also offered up a comment from its vice-president of officiating.

At the top of the list of proposals: expanding video reviews to include pass interference penalties.

“This is more than innovative,” V.P. of officiating Glen Johnson said in a statement. “In the world of officiating, for all sports, it’s revolutionary.”


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