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CFL FOLDING -- AND THEN REOPENING?
Published February 16, 1995
The CFL could be folding "within a month to six weeks," according to "confidential information" obtained yesterday by the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. League owners and lawyers have reportedly been secretly examining the idea of "folding the league and then reopening a few days later under a new name, in time for the 1995 season." The move would "eliminate the mandatory Canadian content" on team rosters -- something that has been a "major stumbling block" in negotiating a new CBA. If a new league is formed, it would contain the same teams and style as the current CFL, but the teams would be allowed to use "whatever players they wish, regardless of nationality." Under current rules, Canadian- based teams must "employ" at least 20 Canadian players, while U.S.-based teams do not. Players union President Dan Ferrone: "If the CFL folds up and then becomes another U.S. Football League or World Football League, it would do irreparable damage to its reputation. It would be taking a major step backwards, in my opinion" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 2/16).