Letter: CFL contracts

It has been an amazing off season in the CFL, what I believe to be North America’s premier football association.

Firstly, we saw Toronto win the Grey Cup in grand fashion, with a superb presentation of what make the game unique. From the immediate game changing presence of Commissioner Randy Ambrosie to what has been a whirlwind of player departures and signings. It has been amazing to see players like Jerome Messam go back to the Saskatchewan Roughriders and players like ex-NFLer Manzell tease Hamilton.

The outlook on the season is great, however, this season has seen an amazing amount of what I call ‘dump the player,’. The game is simple, sign a player to a multi-year contract with bonuses due each season for staying with the team, then dump them one day before the $15,000 or $30,000 is due them. The player is then in CFL limbo until another team signs them, presumably for one year with another signing bonus due them.

As a fan of the game, it is difficult to build team loyalty and fan base if your team continually dumps good players before a negotiated amount is due them. It is downright dirty pool, and casts a dark pall on the whole league. I would feel less unhappy IF CFL head office and the CFLPA took a stand on the practise, but neith has commented on the situation that folks like Darian Durant, Kevin Glenn and others have part of.

If I were CFL commissioner, I would immediately deal with this shameful business practice.

If I were a player, I would not include any bonus with my contract, but try to negotiate a reasonable salary for my time with any team.

Tim Lasiuta, Red Deer

Just Posted

Survey suggests many Red Deer-area employers ready to hire in early 2019

Red Deer-area employers expect a hopeful hiring climate in the first quarter… Continue reading

Experts offer tips about how to prevent online ad spoilers during the holidays

Looking to prevent your Christmas surprises from being spoiled by online ads… Continue reading

Fast-expanding seafood giant joins Irvings, McCains as N.B. business royalty

FREDERICTON — For the Irvings, it was Bouctouche. For the McCains, Florenceville.… Continue reading

Washington state combats collisions with new wildlife bridge

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. — Before descending the Cascade Mountains on its final… Continue reading

Dumba scores twice, Wild rout Canadiens 7-1

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Reeling and banged up, the Minnesota Wild were… Continue reading

Coach Hunter wants up-tempo Team Canada as world junior squad hits ice

COLWOOD, B.C. — Team Canada coach Tim Hunter says the team that… Continue reading

Study finds female-led films outperform male ones

NEW YORK — A study organized by Time’s Up, the organization formed… Continue reading

Price Is Right contestant wins winter trip to Winnipeg, Churchill

WINNIPEG — Who wants to visit Winnipeg in the dead of winter?… Continue reading

CBC Gem streaming service to launch exclusive content, partners with Wattpad

TORONTO — The CBC has launched a new streaming service featuring live… Continue reading

‘Part of the solution:’ Alberta seeks proposals to build new refinery

EDMONTON — Alberta is looking for someone to build a new oil… Continue reading

Online ads spoil Christmas surprises, raising privacy concerns: experts

Lisa Clyburn knew she had found the perfect gift for her nine-year-old… Continue reading

Sebastian Giovinco, Jonathan Osorio and Adriana Leon up for top CONCACAF awards

Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco and Jonathan Osorio are up for CONCACAF male… Continue reading

Most Read