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TESTING THE "CANADIAN" IN CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Published November 23, 1994
With the CFL Baltimore franchise in a position to win the CFL's Grey Cup, the viability of the CFL in Canada is being tested. "For years, Canadians have feared that their nation is being stolen by their neighbor to the south. ... and Canadians awoke to the news that an expansion team from Baltimore" may win the Grey Cup, writes Jim Hunt of the TORONTO SUN. "Since the Yanks have taken over much in this country that is worth taking, why should the CFL not go along with the trend" (TORONTO SUN, 11/22). In Washington, Anne Swardson writes that "the southern migration of Canadian football mirrors the gradual transformation of the [NHL] from a Canadian institution to a predominantly American phenomenon and raises fears that the one sports Canada had left to itself is being sucked away" (WASHINGTON POST, 11/22). The CFL is proposing a rule change that Canadian teams no longer must employ a minimum of 20 Canadians on their roster of 37, under the belief that teams "on both sides of the border should be allowed to hire whoever they wish (Frank Cosentino, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/22). A proposed 3-year agreement between the CFL and CFLPA would reduce the league's mandatory Canadian content from 20 players per team to 15 beginning next season. The numbers would drop to 12 and 10 in the second and third years. There would be five Canadians on the practice roster at all times, while teams would be allowed to start an unlimited number of imports. The CFLPA's collective agreement with the CFL expires following this season (Kent Spencer, Vancouver PROVINCE, 11/23).