The Canadian Football League looked at the books and didn’t like what they saw when it came to football operations expenses for the teams.
So, they’re putting a cap on them as well as limiting the number of actual employees they can have: 11 coaches and 17 football operations staff.
The cap is $2.7 million for 28 employees.
The Roughriders have big money tied up with Chris Jones, Jeremy O’Day and John Murphy right off the hop. Add in decent salaries for coordinators Stephen McAdoo and Craig Dickenson and you’re looking at five of your 28 allowed staff members making well over $1 million of your $2.7 million cap.
But why can’t successful teams pay up for great management and coaches? There should be a reward for success. Players’ salaries are capped so the competitive balance is there on the field.
A successful team like the Roughriders who have the resources should be able to spend the money it takes off the field to get a better team on it.
Now, the Riders are being penalized because other teams can’t keep up.
What’s next, equalization payments?
After a move like this, it wouldn’t surprise me.