2018 CFL season

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2018 CFL season
Regular season
Duration June, 2018 – November, 2018
Playoffs
Start date November 11, 2018
106th Grey Cup
Date November 25, 2018
Site The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
2017  CFL seasons  2019

The 2018 CFL season will be the 65th season of modern Canadian professional football. Officially, it is the 61st season of the league. Edmonton is scheduled to host the 106th Grey Cup on November 25.[1] The CFL announced that this season will move to a 21-week regular season (previously a 20-week season) to increase player rest time and reduce short turnaround-times for games.[2] Given the extended format, plus three weeks of playoffs (including the Grey Cup), the regular season will start on or about Thursday June 14, 2018.

CFL News in 2018

Salary cap

According to the new collective bargaining agreement, the 2018 salary cap will be set at $5,200,000. As per the agreement, the cap is fixed and will not vary with league revenue performance. The minimum team salary will be set at $4,600,000 with individual minimum salaries set at $54,000. This will be the last season under the current CBA with this deal expiring May 15, 2019 or the first day of the 2019 training camp, whichever comes first.[3]

CFL Week

Following the success of the week-long league and prospect showcase in March 2017, the league announced on September 9, 2017 that Mark's CFL Week would return and would be hosted by Winnipeg.[4] The event will take place from Thursday March 22 to Sunday March 25, 2018, highlighted by the CFL National Combine for players eligible for the 2018 CFL Draft which will be held at the RBC Convention Centre.[5] Similar to last year's installment, over 50 current players will attend for fan engagement and media photo shoots. The 2018 Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductees will be announced during a gala and the CFL Rules and Competition Committee meetings will also be held.

Schedule

On September 13, 2017, the league announced that the 2018 season would have a 21-week regular season schedule rather than the 20-week schedule used from 2004 to 2005 and 2014 to 2017 when the league had nine teams.[2] This will be the longest, in terms of calendar days, that a CFL season has even been. While it has yet to be determined how the games will be spread out, there could be as many as 20 four-game weeks (with one one-game week) or as few as 18 four-game weeks (with three three-game weeks). In this model, every team will have three bye weeks, up from the current eight teams with two bye weeks and one team with three (while playing two games in one week). This change was also a probable result of the backlash received for the 2017 Ottawa Redblacks season schedule that saw the team play 17 games over the first 17 weeks and have their byes in weeks 18 and 20.[6][7] Ottawa also had to play three games in 11 games as did the Toronto Argonauts, due to the five-game week in week 5.[8]

References

  1. ^ "CFL awards 106th Grey Cup presented by Shaw to City of Edmonton". cfl.ca. June 5, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "CFL, CFLPA work together to deliver significant advances to player safety". cfl.ca. September 13, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ "New five-year CBA ratified by CFL and CFLPA". cfl.ca. June 13, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Mark's CFL Week coming to Winnipeg". cfl.ca. September 9, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Winnipeg to host CFL promotional extravaganza". Winnipeg Free Press. September 9, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Ottawa Redblacks miffed about 2017 schedule". Ottawa Sun. February 7, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Did the Ottawa Redblacks get screwed on the 2017 schedule by the CFL? Let's check the data". National Post. February 7, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017. 
  8. ^ 2017 CFL schedule
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