A Petition to the Canadian Football League

A Petition to the Canadian Football League: "Count Non-Import Quarterbacks Toward The Ratio"

To: The Canadian Football League
Tom Wright, Commissioner
Tom Robinson, Chairman of the Board
David Braley, Vice Chairman of the Board
and the Board of Governors

The CFL is the highest level of Canadian football. It plays an important role in shaping the development of Canadian talent at the professional level and guiding the development of Canadian talent at amateur levels throughout the country.

It is generally accepted that the American amateur system provides better developmental opportunities and a higher standard of training to amateur football players than the Canadian system. While there always have been and always will be exceptions to this general state of affairs, the CFL's import/non-import ratio rules foster improvement in the depth and breadth of Canadian talent at all levels by providing an opportunity for Canadians to excel at the professional level in Canada.

Currently, every player position except quarterback is counted toward the ratio. This tends to allow Canadian prospects at those many positions time and opportunity for professional development they might not otherwise have. Under this system, many Canadians succeed at the professional level, exceed expectations and become stars in the league.

Because Canadian quarterbacks are not counted toward the ratio they generally do not have the same opportunity. They are at a professional disadvantage.

Indeed, even the best Canadian amateur quarterbacks have little to look forward to professionally, as CFL teams audition one American quarterback after another through a "revolving door" while top flight Canadian prospects are shelved or counselled to play other positions.

Some people allege that a prejudice against Canadian quarterbacks is prevalent in the CFL, citing instances of apparent bias in player evaluation. Alex J. Walling, senior writer of TSN Magazine, details some of these in his February 11, 2005 column "Canadian QB'S Deserve a Chance"*.

We believe that Canadian quarterbacks should be treated the same as other Canadian players. We believe they should have the same status under the ratio. Therefore, we ask that you count Canadian quarterbacks toward the import/non-import ratio just like other Canadian players.

We are NOT asking for a designated roster spot for Canadian quarterbacks. We do NOT think it should be mandatory for teams to carry a Canadian quarterback. We simply ask that the league's ratio rules treat all Canadians fairly.

We are passionate about the Canadian game. We believe it is strong and we want it to grow. Let's take this step and foster this growth. Show the vision and leadership needed to grow this great game.

Just signed, nice stuff!

signed and sealed 52 , so far.

Don't you just mean signed hellothere. To seal it would end the petition at 52.

me too, 62 signatures now

up to 82

100 signatures and counting...

A.J. Walling has another great column up here: http://www.tsn.ca/columnists/aj_walling.asp?id=144233

108 now :slight_smile:

I signed

keep the CFL canadian!

Ditto here. Agree whole heartedly

162 signatures and counting.

Great idea about the petition. :slight_smile:

Maybe now, something may finally get done.

Here’s a neat article on Canadian quarterbacks where Ron Lancaster mentions that canadian quarterbacks won’t get a chance in the CFL until something is done about the NI rule. He mentions the NI rule works against the canadian quarterbacks.


Time to change the NI rule. Long over due.

165 now

signed. 166 now.

174 and counting. Good to see fans signing.

There are many things that can be done to help the petition and make it more attractive to the CFL and fans, as well as to Canadian QB's.

For example, to put a motion put forward at a CFL executive meeting where this could be voted on by the league.

Then a proposal that members of CFL teams start up a few more QB training camps, throughout the year and to help with the development of Canadian talent more at the QB posisiton.

To make some kind of proposal whereby import QBs would also count towards the ratio, allowing a team with a NI QB to carry an extra canadian somewhere else (extra roster spot). That would be another way to solve the ratio paradox

On the other hand theres no question that all these signatures support the cause of giving canadian QB's a fair shake however that might be implemented.

Sending the petition along to Stu Laird, from the CFLPA also sounds like a great idea.

188 signatures so far.


Now its at 201!

205 signatures and counting.

Spread the word.