CFL changing things up to improve refereeing

Beginning this season, CFL officials will be quickly rewarded for good performance by getting more...

Beginning this season, CFL officials will be quickly rewarded for good performance by getting more game work. (David Stobbe/Reuters/Files)

Paul Friesen, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:11 PM ET

WINNIPEG - The Canadian Football League is making some changes in an effort to improve its officiating.

Beginning this season, officials will be more quickly rewarded for good performance: those performing better will work more games.

The league will also move away from intact officiating crews, believing that led to some complacency.

“We’re trying to make some positive change,” CFL vice-president of officiating Glen Johnson said in Winnipeg, Wednesday. “We want to make sure the officials are prepared as they can be. We’re improving all of our training and development efforts. We’re trying to evaluate them more consistently. We’re going to make officials accountable for their performance.”

Johnson was in town to meet with Blue Bombers coaches and media about proposed rule changes, clarifications and priorities for the coming season.

He says the most contentious rule proposal is likely the one allowing coaches to challenge pass interference calls, both those that a


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