BC Lions, Saskatchewan Roughriders fined for violation of CFL By-Laws

TORONTO (April 28, 2017) – An extensive audit process has confirmed that all nine teams were under the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) Salary Expenditure Cap for the 2016 season, the CFL announced today.

The salary cap for the 2016 season was $5.1 million.

The system’s review process includes detailed field audits of all nine clubs. Teams are also required to provide regular updates on compensation levels at the six-game, 12-game and 18-game points of the season.

The salary cap for the 2017 season is $5.15 million.

Under the provisions set by the League’s Board of Governors, teams that exceed the salary cap are fined; in some cases, teams can also lose multiple draft selections.            

As no team exceeded the cap in 2016, the order for the 2017 CFL Draft on May 7 is not affected. The draft order for the first round remains (barring trades) in this order:

  1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers via Toronto
  2. Saskatchewan Roughriders
  3. BC Lions via Montreal
  4. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  5. Edmonton Eskimos
  6. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  7. BC Lions
  8. Calgary Stampeders
  9. Ottawa REDBLACKS

Based on additional audit and By-Law governance activities conducted by the League, the following fines have been levied:

The Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club has been fined $31,500 for two violations of CFL By-Laws which included players attending practice while on the CFL suspension list and violations related to the recruitment of a junior player.

The CFL has also fined Chris Jones $5,000 for meeting with Johnny Manziel’s publicist, which constitutes tampering and is in violation of CFL By-Laws. Based on evidence to date, there is nothing that concludes that Saskatchewan held any workouts involving Mr. Manziel.

The BC Lions Football Club has been fined $2,500 for violating the CFL’s Constitution as it relates to matters concerning the contract of Adam Bighill. 

The CFL regular season kicks off Thursday, June 22nd when the Montreal Alouettes host the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Montreal. Friday Night Football debuts June 23rd with the rematch of the 104th Grey Cup between Calgary Stampeders and the Ottawa REDBLACKS in the nation’s capital. Opening week continues Saturday when the Edmonton Eskimos visit the BC Lions and concludes Sunday when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats trek down the QEW to visit their rivals the Toronto Argonauts at BMO Field.


Paulo Senra

Director, Communications, Canadian Football League

Olivier Poulin

Director, Communications & Public Affairs, Canadian Football League

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