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CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon Stepping Down, But Leaves League In Stable Condition
Published August 21, 2014
GOING OUT ON TOP: In Winnipeg, Kirk Penton writes Cohon's "list of accomplishments is much longer than his failures -- of that there is no debate." That is the main reason why he "will end up being the longest-serving CFL commissioner" since Gaudaur. Blue Bombers Chair Brock Bulbuck said, "We would all conclude that the league is much stronger today and in a much better position today than it was when Mark first started out in his role." Penton writes Cohon was "no talk and all action during his stint as the commish." He also "interacted with the fans like no commissioner before him, and he won an intense battle with the players during collective bargaining agreement talks earlier this year." The league "has never been more financially stable than it is right now" (WINNIPEG SUN, 8/21). In Calgary, George Johnson asks, "What will the Mark Cohon legacy be?" One can "start with the five-season TSN/RDS TV contract that floods" a reported C$40M into league coffers "each year that helped stabilize floundering franchises." Move on to "new stadiums either already up and running or on the way in Winnipeg, Hamilton and Regina." There also is the recent CBA, "meaning labour peace" through '18. And finally, the "resurrection of an old, valued friend in Ottawa" (CALGARY HERALD, 8/21).