[b][url=https://twitter.com/hashtag/Eskimos?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw]#ESKIMOS[/url] GIVE QB MIKE REILLY PERMISSION TO SPEAK WITH [url=https://twitter.com/hashtag/BCLions?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw]#BCLIONS[/url] BEFORE FREE AGENCY [/b]
SPOKE TO [url=https://twitter.com/hashtag/Esks?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw]#ESKS[/url] GM BROCK SUNDERLAND TODAY – HE WONT COMMENT ON RUMOURS ABOUT TEAMS HAVING PERMISSION TO TALK WITH MIKE REILLY – BUT DID SAY THEY ESKS ARE TALKING WITH HIM AND HIS AGENT STILL. ALSO SAID REILLY CAMP HAS BEEN TOLD THE ESKS WILL NOT BE OUTBID ON MONEY FOR 13. [url=https://twitter.com/hashtag/CFL?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw]#CFL[/url]
— MORLEY SCOTT (@MORLEY_SCOTT) [url=https://twitter.com/Morley_Scott/status/1093941190745964544?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw]FEBRUARY 8, 2019[/url]
ON REILLY, – SUNDERLAND SAYS HE HAS MADE TWO TRIPS TO SEATTLE TO SEE REILLY FACE TO FACE – "IT WONT BE A SCENARIO WHERE WE ARE OUTBID. I HAVE LITERALLY TOLD THEIR CAMP – NAME YOUR PRICE."[url=https://twitter.com/hashtag/Esks?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw]#ESKS[/url] [url=https://twitter.com/hashtag/CFL?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw]#CFL[/url]
I think the Esks see the Lions as the biggest threat to take away Reilly. Thus grant them permission and get them to show their hand and see what their offer is. The permission to talk to Reilly does not give them permission to sign him.
So this way you find out what the bar is while he is still protected. I predict Reilly will be signed in . Edmonton before FA day.
I’m just glad the new salary high bar will FINALLY be moving up in a significant way. Previous to this Casey Printers’ salary from way back in 2007 was as high as what Reilly was making last year, and that’s just plain ridiculous as league wide revenues have skyrocketed.
I am with you, it’s long overdo.
As there is no question the salary cap is going up and so it should.
Meaning Reilly and BLM if he stays will likely be in the $750k range.
In fact, there should be a franchiseplayer rule excluding the cap so that the remaining players can also get their just deserved increases.
The community teams come out with financials every year and they have gone up considerably. Not to mention in 2007 the TV contract was 20 million, and today its $42 million so right there there’s a massive increase. This doesn’t even include the new sponsorship agreements (that have almost doubled in the last 5 years let alone 10. Yes costs have gone up to, but revenue growth have far and away outpaced them.
Net profit means absolutely zero given those are easily manipulated by accountants. Revenues is what the key markers are. When the big player unions in other leagues go to negotiate a new contract with ownership, they never even mention net profits. You only ever hear about revenue and revenue growth or revenue sharing because revenue is the only item that is almost impossible to manipulate.
That would be the worst case scenario. Would be the Barrett-Flutie exchange between the Lions and the Stamps 28 years ago all over again. Set the Lions franchise back a decade in terms of interest in the team in the local market. Poor Edmonton fans have just recently began to move past the Ricky Ray debacle, (with Reilly playing a BIG part in that) to have him leave and get replaced with damaged goods Jennings would send the franchise into a tailspin.
Remember Steven Jyles? Remember how excited the fanbase was over him taking over the helm after Ray left? Not!
We’ve also seen teams do desperately needed facility repairs and new stadiums…something that was not even on the table a decade ago…that has eaten a pile of those revenues…and it was needed. We’ve seen some of the safety measures greatly increase (certain training and conditioning, more on-field medical expertise…all costs a lot of money). That 42 million made a few teams go from losing money to maybe sustainable