2019 CFL season

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2019 CFL season
Regular season
Duration June 2019 – November 2019
Playoffs
Start date November 10, 2019
107th Grey Cup
Date November 24, 2019
Site McMahon Stadium, Calgary
2018 CFL seasons 2020

The 2019 CFL season will be the 66th season of modern Canadian professional football. Officially, it is the 62nd season of the league. Calgary is scheduled to host the 107th Grey Cup on November 24, 2019.[1] If the scheduling format from the previous season is implemented for this season, the regular season would start on or about June 13, 2019.

CFL news in 2019

Collective Bargaining Agreement

The five-year agreement that was ratified between the CFL and CFL Player's Association will expire just prior to this season, on the first day of scheduled training camp in 2019 (approximately May 19) or May 15, 2019, whichever comes later.[2] Topics should include compensation, player safety, worker's compensation, and starting the regular season earlier in the calendar year.[3] The 2018 salary cap was $5,200,000 with minimum salaries set at $54,000.[2]

Football operations cap

On June 5, 2018, it was reported that the CFL had approved a limit on football operations staff salaries and number of coaches and operations staff employed by each team.[4] The number of coaches on each team may not exceed 11 and the number of other football operations staff may not exceed 17. The total compensation of those 28 staff members is to be capped at $2,738,000.[4] As of the 2018 CFL season, four teams had more than 11 coaches employed and would be directly impacted by these changes.[5] Consequently, there was talk of a potential coaches union being formed to combat the unilateral decision.[5]

Uniform supplier

On September 12, 2018, it was announced that New Era Cap would be the official outfitter for all nine teams starting in the 2019 season.[6] This came as a result of the previous supplier, Adidas, not renewing their contract following the 2018 expiry of their previous deal.[7] New Era Cap had been a licensee of the CFL for headwear and apparel since January 2011 and it will be the first time that the company provides football uniforms and sideline apparel.[6][8] Due to the short time frame, each team's uniform was reported to remain the same for 2019, with the merchandise logo being the only change.[9] However, on October 15, 2018, the Montreal Alouettes revealed that they would wear entirely new uniforms for the 2019 season with the reveal occurring at the beginning February 2019.[10]

CFL in Mexico

On June 13, 2018, league commissioner, Randy Ambrosie, outlined his vision for a more global reach for the CFL which included partnering with international leagues.[11] This included a meeting with the commissioner of the Professional American Football League of Mexico, Oscar Pérez Martínez, to explore a partnership between the leagues such as a Mexican player being assigned to each CFL team or CFL developmental players playing in Mexico.[12] This was further emphasized when there was confirmed exploration of the league playing two regular season games in Mexico, with one game possibly featuring the Toronto Argonauts in the summer.[13]

Coaching changes

Team 2018 HC 2019 HC Notes
Toronto Argonauts Marc Trestman Vacant On November 3, 2018, the day after the last regular season game, the Argonauts announced they had parted ways with Marc Trestman.[14] Trestman had lead the Argos to a Grey Cup victory the previous year, but was unable to duplicate his success in 2018, winning only four games in the regular season, finishing at the bottom of the East Division standings.
BC Lions Wally Buono Vacant On November 13, 2018 the Lions held a press conference in which Wally Buono formally retired as head coach of the BC Lions.[15] Buono had been the head coach of the BC Lions for 12 seasons between 2003 and 2018, winning the Grey Cup twice. He was also the head coach of the Calgary Stampeders from 1990 through 2002, leading the Stamps to three Grey Cup victories. Buono retired as the CFL's all-time leader in most wins by a head coach with 282.

Broadcasting

The CFL's agreement with TSN and RDS covers Canadian broadcasting rights through to 2021.[16] The agreement with American broadcaster, ESPN, expires following the end of the 2018 CFL season and there have been discussions to renew that deal which may involve moving up the CFL season schedule.[17] It has also been speculated that the league would court the NFL Network, which carried the league's games in 2010 and 2011.[18]

References

  1. ^ "107th Grey Cup presented by Shaw coming to Calgary in 2019". press.cfl.ca. April 25, 2018. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "New five-year CBA ratified by CFL and CFLPA". cfl.ca. June 13, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "CFL players search for unified voice as CBA talks loom". cbc.ca. March 23, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "CFL approves cap on football operations costs for 2019 season". tsn.ca. June 5, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Coaches and scouts to consider forming union after league decides to cap football expenditures". 3downnation.com. June 5, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "New Era: Global licensee becomes Official Outfitter of CFL". cfl.ca. September 12, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "Adidas out as CFL apparel sponsor after this season". 3downnation.com. June 15, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  8. ^ "New Era inks headwear deal with the CFL". esks.com. December 9, 2010. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  9. ^ "New Era takes over but CFL uniforms will remain the same in 2019". 3downnation.com. September 12, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  10. ^ "Montreal Alouettes tease potential jersey launch". CFL.ca. October 15, 2018.
  11. ^ "Randy's Word: CFL on the international stage". June 13, 2018.
  12. ^ Tim Baines (October 29, 2018). "Q & A with CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie: Talking Halifax, CBA, playing games in Mexico". Ottawa Sun.
  13. ^ {{cite news|url=https://www.tsn.ca/good-chance-cfl-plays-two-games-in-mexico-next-season-1.1202839%7Ctitle=CFL could play two games in Mexico in 2019|date=November 2, 2018
  14. ^ https://www.cfl.ca/2018/11/03/argos-part-ways-head-coach-marc-trestman/
  15. ^ "Buono, Lions full of emotion at the 'end of an era' - CFL.ca". CFL.ca. 2018-11-13. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  16. ^ "CFL, TSN and RDS extend broadcast agreement through 2021". tsn.ca. May 28, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  17. ^ Baines, Tim (February 2, 2018). "Q and A with CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie on Randy's Road Trip". Sun Media. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  18. ^ Baines, Tim (November 24, 2017). "Grey Cup in October? NFL Network TV deal could follow for CFL". Sun Media. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
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