Play #128: #Toronto challenge that there was Defensive Pass Interference by #Winnipeg DB (#45 Parker). After review, the call on the field stands, the Replay Official determined the was no insufficient evidence to overturn the call. #CFL #GreyCup109

Tonight’s Back Judge, Emily Clarke, is the first female official to ever work a playoff game in CFL History.

Congratulations Emily! #CFL https://t.co/JEx8FWEqGG

Play #116: #Winnipeg challenge that there was Offensive pass Interference by #Lions REC (#4 Hatcher). After review, the call on the field stands, the Replay Official determined there was insufficient evidence to overturn the call on the field. #CFL

Play #57: #Toronto challenge that there was Defensive pass Interference #Montreal DB (#23 Lyons). After review, the call on the field stands, the Replay Official determined there was insufficient evidence to overturn the ruling on the field #CFL

Play #11: #Montreal challenge the ruling of a completed catch by #Toronto REC (#16 Banks). After review, the call on the field stands, the Replay Official determined there was insufficient evidence to overturn the ruling of a completed catch. #CFL

Play #129: #Hamilton challenge that there was Roughing the Passer on #Montreal LB (#26 Beverette). After review, the call on the field stands, the Replay Official ruled there was no evidence of Roughing the Passer on #Als #26. #CFL

Play #21: #Bluebombers challenge that there was Defensive Pass Interference by #BC DB #18. After review, the call on the field stands, the Replay Official ruled there was insufficient evidence of DPI by #18 on the play. #CFL

Play #7: #Als challenge that there was Defensive Pass Interference by #Argos LB #30 (Jones). After review, the call on the field stands, the Replay Official ruled there was no evidence of DPI by #30 on the play. #CFL

Play #132: #REDBLACKS challenge that there was Defensive Pass Interference by #Ticats DB #2 (Adeleke).

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Play #99: #Ottawa challenge the ruling of Defensive Pass Interference on #REDBLACKS LB (#32 Auclair). After review, the call on the field is overturned, the Replay Official ruled there was no restriction by #32 on the play. It is a 1st down for #Ottawa. #CFL

Congratulations to Blair Brown for working his 150th game last Saturday Night in BC. #CFL https://t.co/UfMTXUAnvG

Play #128: #Winnipeg challenge that there was Roughing the Passer on #BC DL (#58 Baron). After review, the call on the field is overturned, the Replay Official determined that #58 grabbed the facemask of #Bombers #6 and is flagged for Roughing the Passer. #CFL

Play #82: #BC challenge the ruling of a completed catch by #Winnipeg REC (#88 Bailey). After review, the call on the field stands, the Replay Official determined there was insufficient evidence to overturn the ruling of a completed catch. #CFL

Play #67: #Lions challenge that there was Defensive Pass Interference by #Bombers DB (#46 Lawrence). After review, the call on the field is overturned, the Replay Official determined #46 made early contact with #BC #13 and is flagged for DPI. #CFL

Play #6: #Toronto Challenge that there was Offensive Pass Interference by #Edmonton REC (#17 Mitchell). After review, the call on the field stands, the Replay Official determined the block by #17 occurred after the ball was caught. #CFL

Play #24: #Stamps challenge that there was Defensive Pass Interference by #Ticats DB (#26 Brooks).

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Play #66: #REDBLACKS challenge the ruling of an incomplete catch by #Ottawa REC (#18 Hardy). After review, the call on the field stands, the Replay Official ruled that #18 did not secure the ball before it hit the ground. #CFL

January 13, 2022

Free Agency 2022: Negotiation Window Explained

Teams have a 1 week period to negotiate with pending free agents ahead of Free Agency officially opening. Here’s how it works.
January 27, 2020

Negotiating window a new feature of 2020 free agency

Free agency will take on a new look in 2020, with the introduction of a week-long negotiation window that begins on Feb. 2.

Free agency officially kicks off on Feb. 11 at noon ET. This year, the ball gets rolling a little earlier than that.

As part of the new collective bargaining agreement, a free agency window has been created that will allow pending free agents and teams across the league to communicate prior to the market’s official opening. The window is open for one week, from Feb. 2 at noon ET to Feb. 9 at noon ET.

CFL GMs have discussed and considered the window as an option for a number of years. Its creation is an attempt at curtailing tampering and promoting roster continuity. The NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB all have variations of a free agency window.

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GMs across the league will have a chance to speak with pending free agents before the market opens (Dave Chidley/CFL.ca)

In the window, teams can make formal offers to a pending free agent. Those offers — complete with base salary amount along with any incentives being offered — have to be registered with the league office and the CFL Players Association. Offers submitted are considered binding and can’t be rescinded.

When the window closes, teams will enter an exclusive 48-hour negotiating period with their pending free agents. At the start of that 48-hour period, the league will provide all teams with any of the registered offers their pending free agents received. Teams will have until Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. ET to make an offer to their pending free agents. They’ll have to provide a copy of the offer to the CFL and the CFLPA.

At the end of that 48-hour period, the player will have from 10 a.m. to noon ET on Feb 11 to select any offer made to him from any club. If he chooses one of these offers, the chosen team has to notify the CFL, who will then notify the other eight teams in the league. Conversely, if the player doesn’t accept any of these offers, he’ll enter free agency with any prior offers made from any team withdrawn and no longer available for acceptance.

Once the player enters free agency, the process would unfold as it has in years past. Team offers received in free agency don’t have to be registered with the league or the CFLPA.

To run through a hypothetical, let’s look at Roughriders DB Ed Gainey.

When the window opens on Feb. 2, Gainey will be free to speak with any team in the league about a contract. He and his agent can go back and forth with multiple teams on contract length, salary, incentives, etc. Teams can make a formal offer to him, all of which would have to be registered with the league and the CFLPA.

At the end of the week, he’d have a 48-hour period with the Riders to negotiate. In that time, Saskatchewan would have access to any and all offers made to him by other teams.

After that 48-hour window with the Riders closed, Gainey would have between 10 a.m. and Noon ET on Feb. 11 to make a decision on the offers presented to him. That is the only time in the entire free agency window that a player can accept a team’s offer.

If Gainey didn’t like any of the offers he’d received, he could pass on them and enter into free agency at 12:01 p.m. ET.

Once in free agency, all prior offers are rescinded and he can go back to negotiating with any of the nine teams in the league again and the traditional process would unfold. Offers he’d receive at this point would not have to be registered with the league or the CFLPA. The team he signs with would inform the league and an announcement would be made, the same way it’s worked in previous years of free agency.

November 7, 2019

Two players fined after Week 21 action

The CFL announced that two players have been fined after Week 21 action.

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced two fines on Thursday after Week 21 action.

Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Dyshawn Davis was fined for a high hit on Edmonton Eskimos defensive back Tyquwan Glass.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Jordan Moore was fined for an inappropriate gesture following the conclusion of play #103 against the Toronto Argonauts.

As per league policy, the amounts of the player fines were not disclosed.

October 31, 2019

Levels, Hightower fined after Week 20 action

The CFL announced two fines from Week 20 and an additional fine from Week 19 on Thursday.

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced two fines after Week 20 action on Thursday.

Edmonton Eskimos defensive back Forrest Hightower was fined for a high hit on Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Naaman Roosevelt.

Montreal Alouettes defensive back Patrick Levels was fined for punching Hamilton Tiger-Cats offensive lineman Chris Van Zeyl.

The CFL also announced an additional fine from Week 19 action:

Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive lineman Jackson Jeffcoat was fined for fined for a high hit on Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell.

As per league policy, the amounts of the player fines were not disclosed.

October 18, 2019

Football Operations Video Series – Illegal Forward Pass

Senior Director of Officiating, Darren Hackwood reviews the illegal forward pass penalty and how officials rule whether or not a quarterback is across the line of scrimmage when they throw the ball.
October 9, 2019

Two players fined after Week 17 action

The CFL announced two fines after Week 17 action.

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced two fines after Week 17 action on Wednesday.

Montreal Alouettes wide receiver Eugene Lewis was fined for a blindside block on Calgary Stampeders defensive back DaShaun Amos.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive lineman Dylan Wynn was fined for a blindside block on Edmonton Eskimos wide receiver Tevaun Smith.

As per league policy, the amounts of the player fines were not disclosed.

October 2, 2019

Esks’ James Tuck fined after Week 16 action

Edmonton Eskimos fullback James Tuck was fined after Week 16 action, it was announced on Wednesday.

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League announced one fine after Week 16 action on Wednesday.

Edmonton Eskimos fullback James Tuck was fined for a high hit on Ottawa REDBLACKS wide receiver R.J. Harris.

As per league policy, the amount of the player fine was not disclosed.

September 25, 2019

Simoni Lawrence handed max fine following hit on Kilgore

The CFL announced one fine following Week 15 action.

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced one fine following Week 15 action on Wednesday.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Simoni Lawrence was handed a maximum fine for his hit to the head and neck of Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Logan Kilgore on play #54.

As per league policy, the amount of the player fine was not disclosed.

September 18, 2019

Two players fined after Week 14 action

The CFL announced two fines after Week 14 action along with two additional fines from Week 13 on Wednesday.

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced two fines after Week 14 action on Wednesday.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Simoni Lawrence was fined for unnecessary roughness at the end of a play on Calgary Stampeders running back Ka’Deem Carey.

Calgary Stampeders offensive lineman Justin Lawrence was fined for an illegal block on Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive lineman Dylan Wynn.

The CFL also announced additional fines from Week 13:

Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Alexandre Gagne was fined for an illegal block on Winnipeg Blue Bombers fullback John Rush.

Calgary Stampeders linebacker Nate Holley was fined for a high hit on Edmonton Eskimos wide receiver Greg Ellingson.

As per league policy, the amounts of the player fines were not disclosed

September 11, 2019

Two players fined after Week 13 action

The CFL announced two fines following Week 13 action.

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced two fines from Week 13 action on Wednesday.

Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive lineman Micah Johnson was fined for a high hit on Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback, Chris Streveler.

Edmonton Eskimos defensive back Monshadrik Hunter was fined for a high hit on Calgary Stampeders receiver Colton Hunchak.

The CFL also announced an additional fine from Week 12:

Edmonton Eskimos linebacker Blair Smith was fined for a high hit on Calgary Stampeders running back Terry Williams.

As per league policy, the amounts of the player fines were not disclosed

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