It’s nice to see the CFL starting to look like they actually run the league.
For so many years the board of governors handcuffed the commissioner on his actual power. He was figure head more than anything.
Now it appears Jeffrey Orridge, with the backing of big television dollars the power is shifting back to the Commissioner’s office.
Wednesday’s fine of the Eskimos wasn’t huge. It was appropriate under the circumstances but it was the language used. Orridge didn’t pull any punches on his thoughts on the Eskimos stunt of removing their mics for a mic’d up game on Monday.
You may be thinking, it’s only just a microphone, big deal. But it’s bigger than that and the league had to tell Jason Maas and any other head coach who wants to go rogue, it will not and should not be tolerated.
But this has happened in Edmonton before. From not complying to media policy, to not having players out for national anthems, full fledged tampering to now this. But it’s not just Edmonton.
Other teams try to play by their own rules and that attitude that they’ll get away with it allows the league to be described as ‘bush’.
It appears those days are over.