Dear fellow CFLer's,
I've been a fan of the CFL for many years, and right now I can say I am unhappy with the CFL. It has come to my attention that I have overheard there are some individuals trying to enter into the CFL draft April 30, 2008, and they have been declined. I overheard a case today where they told a young man that he was illegible for the draft because the school he was not enrolled in a program with a 4-YEAR degree. After calling the CFL head office, they informed me that in the CFL BYLAWS, it states that for an individual to be eligible for the draft, they MUST attend a college or post-secondary institution that offers a diploma or degree. NO WHERE does it state it has to be a 4-year program, it says A POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTION OR COLLEGE. I have spoken with representatives from the CFL players association and they have agreed that this individual should be eligible for the draft, but the representatives from the CFL are denying this individual from entering the draft. If representatives from the CFLPA support this individual, why would the CFL not allow this individual to enter the draft?
Shouldn't the CFLPA have the power to override the CFL and allow this young man to enter. Why restrict talented individuals who want to play for and support the CFL from entering the draft because of a mess up in the initial written by-laws.
Please give me your opinions and ideas on this matter, because as an avid CFL supporter for many years, it's hard to support a league that inhibits people in participating in the draft because a flaw in the initial written bylaw. We're trying to keep the CFL going, not turn away athletes.