All this hand-wringing about the CFL’s new administrative cap has to stop.
The cap is a tremendous idea, designed to stabilize and equalize the league’s nine franchises without hurting the players or limiting the prospect of hiring a promising, young coach. Take a look at the B.C. Lions, who employed 10 coaches last season. New B.C. coach DeVone Claybrooks can add another assistant to his staff next year to reach the maximum of 11, provided their salaries and benefits don’t exceed $2.58 million.
Several CFL teams, specifically the Saskatchewan Roughriders, were unstoppable when it came to hiring and paying off-field staff. They don’t need 19 coaches for a 44-man roster! The Roughriders won the 2007 Grey Cup with seven coaches.
The common argument is that fans don’t pay to watch the coaches. Fans pay to watch the players. Every dollar saved from trimming administrative salaries should go to players’ salaries. And the cap insures there will long be jobs available in the CFL.