The CFL Players’ Association and Alumni Association want to win a court case that could conceivably destroy the CFL.
If a civil suit filed by more than 200 former CFL players is successful, the league could be forced to pay millions of dollars in damages. The NFL recently settled a similar suit by paying $1 billion dollars to former players who claimed to be suffering primarily from head injuries incurred during their football careers.
As one of the world’s most profitable businesses, the NFL can afford billion-dollar settlements. The CFL, with its three community-owned franchises, would be hard-pressed to pay much more than a couple million dollars.
Canada’s Supreme Court recently dismissed a different suit, spearheaded by former player Arland Bruce.There won’t likely be such a ruling from this upcoming civil suit.
Maybe the court will decide the players don’t have a case. Or maybe, when this whole thing unwinds, the court will award so much money to its former players that the CFL will be broke. Neither decision is completely correct.