Among the league’s accomplishments while Cohon has been Commissioner:
- The debut of the Ottawa REDBLACKS as the CFL returned to the national capital under strong local ownership.
- Exploring opportunities in Atlantic Canada through three successful Touchdown Atlantic games in Moncton, New Brunswick.
- A vastly improved national broadcast deal with TSN and RDS which runs until 2018.
- A new U.S. broadcast deal with ESPN which runs until 2018.
- Successful negotiation of two Collective Bargaining Agreements that enhanced the fundamental business model of the CFL while bringing labour peace through 2018.
- Introduction, in partnership with the CFLPA, of a ground breaking new drug policy, which saw the CFL become the first major professional sports league in North America to test for HGH.
- Establishment of a centralized command centre for more effective video review of coaches’ challenges during games.
- Enhanced health and safety through the introduction of concussion protocols, rule changes, enhanced discipline and grass roots programs to make our game safer for players and kids alike.
- Construction of new or refurbished stadiums in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Hamilton, with another new stadium planned for Regina in 2017, and stadium improvement projects in Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal.
- The national celebration of the 100th Grey Cup in 2012 marked by a national tour for the historic trophy and capped by the wildly successful championship game and festival in Toronto.
- Improved profile and coverage of our national championship with sold out Grey Cup games and successful festivals in Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Regina as well as Toronto.
- Reinvigoration of the CFL brand and pride in our league through the landmark “This is Our League? marketing campaign.
- New and innovative fan friendly events and programs:
- Annual State of the League briefing hosted by Commissioner for CFL fans.
- Grey Cup Fan March which sees fans carry the Grey Cup to the stadium.
- A modernized rules committee process which invited fans to initiate rules changes.
Cohon indicated a willingness to stay on as Commissioner until his current contract expires in April 2015.
The Board of Governors will discuss next steps soon, Lawson said.
“Mark has done a wonderful job for our league,? Lawson said. “The CFL will continue to grow and succeed in the future under a new Commissioner, building on the strong foundation Mark has worked to build.?