Published on February 5, 2010 3:31 PM by dbo.
Note: See the Schedules page if you are looking for the 2010 CFL schedule.
The CFL released the 2010 schedule February 1. This year’s schedule was eagerly anticipated and well received.
In our second annual analysis of the CFL schedule, we find the CFL has a slight shift from weekday to weekend games this year. Saturdays lead the way with 25 games, followed by 23 on Fridays, 13 on Sundays, 6 on holidays (Canada Day, Labour Day and Thanksgiving), 4 on Thursdays and 1 on Wednesday. Fridays are down by 4 games from 2009, while Saturday hosts an additional 4 games and Sunday an additional 3 games in 2010. Weekday (Wednesday, Thursday) games decrease from 8 to 5 this year.
* – Four games occur on Stat Holiday Mondays (Labour Day and Thanksgiving) and two on a Stat Holiday Thursday (Canada Day)
The Lions have shifted from Fridays to Saturdays hosting the majority of their games this year. They also have one game on a Sunday afternoon, a first Sunday game in Vancouver in the regular season since 1987. The move to the temporary new Empire Stadium has also resulted in earlier start times, with the average start time reduced by one hour and 40 minutes.
Edmonton has eliminated the Thursday starts they were saddled with last year, balancing their games across Friday, Saturday and Sunday this year. Winnipeg is the only other team with a shift from last year, with five Friday starts in 2010. The remainder of the teams have only slight changes in their scheduled days, and are consistent with what they have arranged in the past.
As for start times, BC, Montreal and Edmonton lead the way with four different game times. This is a doubling of the amount of start times BC had last year, although three of their four times occur only once. Winnipeg and Hamilton have six different game times for their nine home games, down one from 2009. Saskatchewan has five different start times and is the only club with their most common kickoff time occuring in the afternoon.
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The number of five-day or fewer turnarounds between games is 17 this year. Montreal leads the way with four and Calgary follows with three. The remainder of the teams have two instances except Saskatchewan and Winnipeg, who have only a single instance each. There are only nine games where the difference in days rest between the teams is three days or more, and two of those instances are around bye weeks where each team has at least one week rest between games.
Other schedule notes:
Overall, the 2010 schedule is consistent with what the CFL has provided the past few seasons. New challenges were faced by the schedule maker this year with stadium changes and a neutral site regular season game. The same issues were also faced, including ensuring traditional dates, stadium availability, broadcaster requirements and proper breaks between games. I believe the scheduler has done another excellent job in managing these requirements and providing a balanced and fair schedule for CFL teams and fans.