Single Point Links posted in April 2015

Hamilton Just Exceeds 2014 Cap

Published on April 16, 2015 12:04 AM

This type of overage can be expected and shows no intent to flagrantly disregard the salary cap which is the purpose of the increasing punitive measures.

CFL Board Approves All Rule Changes

Published on April 8, 2015 11:19 PM

I’m shocked the board decided to approve the new convert rule that has major flaws with the purpose of the play. Intended to address the “boring” comments and add excitement to the game, I don’t see anyone getting excited about 1-point kicks from a 25-yard scrimmage and only time will tell if coaches will be swayed against an almost automatic 1 versus 2-point try except late in games. I say it will still be the time everyone gets up to go get a beer.

I expected at least a pre-season trial before adoption, but this board don’t see themselves as stewards of the game, but rather entertainment moguls. Besides short Canadian Press coverage of the change, very little reaction to the news.

The rest of the changes should bring back the excitement for 97% of the game that isn’t converts, but only if coaches aren’t allowed to bend the rules to stifle offence.

Winnipeg Increases Profit by $1 Million

Published on April 8, 2015 11:03 PM

A profit increase of 34% year-over-year, with league revenues doubling. The team has made its first payment on the new stadium and has a not sizeable amount in reserve to draw from if hard times come along.

Calgary Mega-Complex Details Reported

Published on April 5, 2015 10:56 PM

Reports out of Calgary state the Flames are proposing an arena/stadium/fieldhouse complex on the West Village land previously rumoured to be the new sports facility site. This “confirmation” of the site and scope of the mega-complex has led to talk about site remediation and speculation on the project.

Something should be announced in the next month or so, but I expect 2 years before shovels are in the ground and 5 years construction if the project moves forward for a minimum of 7 years before the facilities are ready based on the current climate, and that could quickly turn to 10 years or more depending on the economy.

Burris Takes Immigration Stalemate Public

Published on April 5, 2015 10:44 PM

After the issues went public Friday, and caught on with the media and on Twitter, Citizenship and Immigration Canada have promised to work with the Ottawa QB.

Such a story naturally produces outrage and xenophobic comments (not showing Canada’s best light on an immigration story). Without defending CIC, their bureaucratic system is meant to not look at individual cases and a football player immigrating to Canada stands as an edge case not covered by the rules and formulas of a points system. Thankfully, by bringing this public, it will be resolved before Burris’ current work permit expires.