Published on November 27, 2010 9:23 PM by dbo.
This year’s Grey Cup has been relatively quiet. I mean that from a big announcement or news aspect. There has still be plenty of coverage of the standard fare and the media trying to create some controversy. Here are some links for posterity of a few things I thought worthy and interesting.
Mark Cohon gave his state of the league address Friday. The initial coverage was summed up in a few paragraphs, since expanded. Later Cohon answered questions from fans in the Fans’ State of the League.
Cohon gave a rundown of the stadium situation across the league, with no real news here either. Though the media question and answer period was not recorded, it appears little besides officiating was raised as an issue. Contrast with last year when the CBA and David Braley’s ownership position were under scrutiny. Cohon did a good job handling fan questions, some very tough to answer in that forum. I think many fans feel better for having the opportunity to ask their question of the top dog even when the league is not directly responsible.
A CBC article on Friday tried to create controversy over Montreal holding the territorial rights to the province of Quebec, requiring their permission for a Quebec City expansion team. This was never secret information. It is outlined in Section IV of the CFL Constitution. By the same token, BC has approval over any new franchise in the province of British Columbia, including Victoria. There is no story here until a franchise has voiced its opinion to veto expansion into Quebec City or another jurisdiction.
There may have been an expectation that the league would make some announcements at Grey Cup: a multi-year commitment to Moncton, a 2013 Grey Cup site, or an expansion draft format for Ottawa. It appears the latter was agreed upon during the board of governors meeting, but a formal announcement is delayed. This keeps the focus on the activities and big game this week and allows those announcements to make headlines in the the off-season.
Matthew Sekeres broke the story that an expansion draft format was to be ratified by the board of governors Saturday that allowed existing teams to protect only one quarterback. David Naylor later expanded on the story, confirming the approval to be announced next week with more details on the format.
It sounds like a fair format, though my thought was one second-string quarterback selection would be a breakthrough, so two is shocking. It is interesting that David Braley, if the reports are true, was still the last holdout to oppose the format. I think I understand Braley’s perspective of making Ottawa build their own team, but I also know that a competitive and strong Ottawa makes for a strong league and helps Braley’s bottom line in both BC and Toronto.