Great article regarding insight into the league's 2.0 initiative from a player's perspective:
24 Canadian players suited up for The Liga de Fútbol Americano Profesional (LFA). Here are some of the experiences by the players who played in Mexico:
All Canadians drafted to the LFA were signed to Mexican contracts through the CFL. The terms were clear — transportation, healthcare, food, and lodging were all to be included.
“The owners were supposed to pick us up and drive us to practice,” said Kelly. “Unfortunately, for the first five or six practices they were late for almost every single one. It was frustrating because we’d show up (fifteen to thirty minutes) late and we didn’t have time to warm-up our bodies. We just had to jump into practice.”
“I didn’t have a helmet or shoulder pads for the first three weeks of practices,” said Friesen, a linebacker out of the University of British Columbia. “They have live practices and drills with lots of hitting. The coaches wanted me to hit guys without gear. They were like, ‘Brad, get in there!’ but I wasn’t going to hit anyone without gear.”
“They’d scream at me for not knowing the assignments, but the playbook wasn’t finished and they would change things without telling me,” said Friesen. “None of the defensive coaches spoke English, so I wasn’t given any help.”
“I found out after training camp when we had our team meeting with myself, the head coach, the owner, and the offensive coordinator that the reason they drafted me was to be a backup quarterback,” said Kelly. “They had no intention of me actually becoming the starter or getting playing time, really.”
“We were supposed to be getting fed and that was a bit of an issue,” said Morris. “They’d tell us our breakfast would come at nine or ten (o’clock) and it would be there after lunch. So our lunch would come even later and our dinner would come even later.
And then things got serious.
“Their team doctor tried to stick a needle in my arm without asking consent,” said Kelly. “Essentially, I was talking to the therapist and the doctor came up behind me and kind of grabbed my arm and put a needle in it.
They said their drugs were just like the NFL. When I refused to take them they were like, ‘What, you don’t want to go to the NFL?'”
Morris doesn’t believe any Canadian players received all of their paycheques on time. Friesen didn’t receive his final paycheque from the Raptors until he’d been back in Canada for two months.