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The Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (Big Four) changed its name to the Eastern Football Conference. Unlimited blocking was allowed on interception returns. McMahon Stadium in Calgary was built in 103 days, and the Stampeders moved in August 15.


The Western Canada Intercollegiate Rugby Union merged with the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union. The Western Interprovincial Football Union changed its name to the Western Football Conference. Partial interlocking schedule introduced between Eastern and Western Conference. First Grey Cup game to go into overtime was 21-14 Winnipeg victory over Hamilton at CNE Stadium in Toronto. Four backs were permitted unlimited blocking on rushing plays if they lined up outside the ends. The tackle-eligible play was made illegal.


Canadian Football Hall of Fame was established and Hamilton was named the site. Grey Cup game stopped by fog on December 1 and the final 9 minutes and 29 seconds were played the next day. Winnipeg edged Hamilton 28-27.


Charter Membership into Hall of Fame.


CFL commissioned an economic study of all aspects of Canadian football. Canadian Football Players Association was organized. First meetings were May 15 to 16 in Toronto.


Unlimited blocking on rushing pays was legalized. Rule book rewritten and reduced in size. Trusteeship of Grey Cup turned over by CRU to CFL. Goose-necked goalposts were introduced.


CFL office setup in Toronto with Senator Keith Davey as Commissioner. Senator Davey was succeeded on February 23 by Ted Workman and then Allan McEachern. Recommendations of Committee On One League (COO) approved to bring operating matters under control of the League. Players' Pension Fund established. CRU became the CAFA on January 1 and turned over the Grey Cup trophy to the CFL. CFL League Office took up residence at 11 King Street West in Toronto in Montreal Trust Building.


J. G. (Jake) Gaudar was appointed Commissioner and CFL adopted new Constitution.


Although the 1962 game was completed on a Sunday, the 1969 game was the first Grey Cup game to start and finish on a Sunday and the first Grey Cup game in Montreal since 1931.

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