2014 CFL season
|2014 CFL season|
|Duration||June 26, 2014 – November 8, 2014|
|Start date||November 16, 2014|
|102nd Grey Cup|
|Date||November 30, 2014|
|Site||BC Place Stadium, Vancouver|
The 2014 CFL season will be the 61st season of modern Canadian professional football. Officially, it is the 57th season of the league. Vancouver is scheduled to host the 102nd Grey Cup on November 30. The league will expand to nine teams with the addition of the Ottawa RedBlacks, which will be the first time that there are more than eight teams since the 2005 CFL season. As a result of the expansion, the schedule will shift to a 20-week regular season plus three weeks of playoffs (including the Grey Cup); the season will start on June 26, 2014.
CFL news in 2014
This will be the first season of play for the Ottawa RedBlacks, as the CFL returns to the city of Ottawa for the first time since 2005 when the Ottawa Renegades suspended operations during the following off-season. The team was able to sign players starting on the day after the 101st Grey Cup on November 25, 2013 and an expansion draft for the club was held on December 16, 2013. The 2013 CFL Expansion Draft allowed the RedBlacks to select one import and two non-import players from each of the eight existing member clubs. Additionally, after selecting four players in the 2013 CFL Draft, the Redblacks will fully participate in the 2014 CFL Draft, with the first picks in each of the draft's seven rounds. Their first regular season game will be in Winnipeg on July 3, 2014, while their first regular season home game will take place against the Toronto Argonauts on July 18, 2014.
The RedBlacks will play in the CFL East Division, after the Winnipeg Blue Bombers moved to the CFL West Division. Similar to the previous two times the league changed to a nine-team league, in 1996 and 2002, Winnipeg will immediately move to the west. There was earlier speculation that Winnipeg would continue to be an East Division team, due to the CFL's board of governors' desire to have long-term stability. However, due to the desire of the Blue Bombers organization to move to the West Division, the switch was made for the 2014 season. Since the creation of the Canadian Football League in 1958, the Blue Bombers spent the first 29 seasons in the West Division, but 21 of the last 27 seasons in the East.
The regular season schedule will compose of 81 games played over 20 weeks, with 19 weeks featuring four games and week 8 featuring five games. Each team will have two bye weeks except for the Toronto Argonauts that play two games in one week, who will have three. In terms of team matchups, each team will play two divisional opponents three times and every other team twice. The west division will have each team play 10 divisional games while the east division will have each team play eight divisional games. The playoffs begin on November 16 and the 102nd Grey Cup will be played on November 30 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.
The schedule was announced on February 12, 2014 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers hosting the league opener for the second consecutive season on June 26, 2014. The Grey Cup champions will host a Grey Cup rematch in week 1 for the first time since 2011 and only the third time in the past nine seasons. Following the previous season's hiccup with the Labour Day Classic, the traditional rivalry game between the Argonauts and Tiger-Cats will resume, along with Ottawa playing Montreal that same weekend (also historic Labour Day rivals). For the second consecutive season, the league is featuring all-division match ups in the final four weeks of the regular season. However, in stark contrast to the previous season's 13 home-and-home series, this season holds only two (both featuring Labour Day match ups). There will be 25 double headers this year, with nine on Fridays, 11 on Saturdays, three on Sundays, and two (the traditional Labour Day and Thanksgiving contests) on Mondays.
The Ottawa RedBlacks will begin play at the newly renovated (and renamed) TD Place Stadium, which, as of May 28, 2013, is on time and on budget. The old south side stands were condemned and demolished with construction to be completed in June 2014. The existing north side stands will be refurbished and renovated to match the design of the completely rebuilt south side stands. The capacity of the stadium will be approximately 24,000 seats, which is a reduction of its prior capacity of approximately 29,000.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are also slated to begin play at their new stadium, Tim Hortons Field, for the start of the 2014 season. The stadium is being built on the same grounds as Ivor Wynne Stadium, which was demolished at the conclusion of 2012 CFL season. The new stadium will seat approximately 24,000 fans and will change to a north-south orientation as opposed to the east-west setup of Ivor Wynne Stadium. For the 2013 CFL season, the Tiger-Cats played at Alumni Stadium in Guelph, Ontario and if Tim Hortons Field is not completed in time, it is likely that the team would continue to play in Guelph.
Due to stadium unavailability, three teams will play their pre-season home games in stadiums that are not their regular season homes. The RedBlacks' "home" pre-season game will take place in Regina on June 14, 2014 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders as the visitors, as TD Place Stadium in Ottawa will likely not be ready in time for that game. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will play at McMaster University's Ron Joyce Stadium against the Alouettes on June 14, 2014 because Tim Hortons Field is scheduled to be completed on June 30, 2014. Finally, the Argonauts will play at the University of Toronto' Varsity Stadium against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on June 19, 2014.
Beginning with the 2014 CFL Draft, non-import CIS players will be eligible to be selected in the draft three years after completing their first season of eligibility. This eliminates any rookies who sat out or redshirted for their first playing year and would be eligible to return to university. Prior to this change, players were eligible to be selected after their fourth year of post-secondary education. Additionally, for non-import players playing in the NCAA or NAIA, they are now eligible to be selected after completing their senior year. This change eliminates the possibility of NCAA or NAIA students returning to college after being drafted.
This will be the first season of the CFL's new multi-platform broadcast agreement with TSN and RDS, effective through to the 2018 season. It is believed that the deal is worth over $30 million per season, which would be more than double the previous deal which was approximately $15 million. The impact of such an increase would allow for money-losing clubs to become profitable and allow all clubs to make more investments in stadiums and practice facilities. This will mark the seventh season that TSN and RDS have been the exclusive broadcasters of the CFL.
The collective bargaining agreement between the CFL and the CFL Players' Association is set to expire prior to the 2014 season. With the new television contract with TSN beginning this season with much more money involved, it is expected that the previous $4.4 million salary cap will increase significantly.
Teams play eighteen regular season games, playing two divisional opponents three times and all of the other teams twice. Teams are awarded two points for a win and one point for a tie. The top three teams in each division qualify for the playoffs, with the first place team gaining a bye to the divisional finals. A fourth place team in one division may qualify ahead of the third place team in the other division (the "Crossover"), if they earn more points in the season.
If two or more teams in the same division are equal in points, the following tiebreakers apply: 
- a) Most wins in all games
- b) Head to head winning percentage (matches won divided by all matches played)
- c) Head to head points difference
- d) Head to head points ratio
- e–g) Tiebreakers b–d applied sequentially to all divisional games
- h–i) Tiebreakers c–d applied sequentially to all league games
- j) Coin toss
- 1. If two clubs remain tied after other club(s) are eliminated during any step, tie breakers reverts to step a).
- 2. Tiebreakers do not apply to the Crossover. To cross over a team must have more points than the third place team.
Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points
Teams in bold are in playoff positions.
X – clinched playoff berth
Y – clinched first place and bye to division final
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- REDBLACKS, Riders to face off in pre-season action
- Ticats to hold pre-season game at McMaster's Ron Joyce Stadium
- Toronto Argonauts announce 2014 schedule
- CFL adjusts eligibility rules for Draft
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2013 CFL season
|CFL seasons||Succeeded by
2015 CFL season