This is how CFL teams get around the salary cap. When Arland Bruce last signed with the Argos, he agreed to be paid $190,000 on the books and another $60,000 for work being done for the team in other capacities. But when Brad Watters took over as short-lived president of the team, he balked at paying the 60 large and Bruce's verbal agreement wasn't worth anything.[url=http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Columnists/Simmons/2009/08/16/10477701-sun.html]http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Columnists/Si ... 1-sun.html[/url]
To have the credibility of entire league's management system come into question is a very serious matter. I can't believe this isn't a bigger story than one paragraph in Steve Simmon's Toronto Sun column? I'm sure the Globe & Mail will be right on this with a Brunt/Naylor expose, "CFL payola scandal: League on shaky ground?"
It is patently illegal and unethical for any team to circumvent the SMS by paying players under the table, with side deals or personal services contracts with the owners.
This accusation should be clarified or denied by the CFL, pronto!