Salary Cap loophole

Steve Milton The Hamilton Spectator

(Apr 2, 2007)

There's a little-known and, on the surface,
surprising rider to the CFL's salary cap

which should help certain teams --

hello, Ticats

-- more than it does others.

Players can be paid for promotional
and marketing appearances and

that income will not be counted against
the league's $4.05-million salary cap.

click here

I'm having trouble with this. Taking the article's example of a player appearing at an auto dealership---why would any of the $2,000 dollar appearance fee count against the cap? It is't money that the team is spending on the player. It's money negotiated by the player for his services quite apart from football. None of the $2,000 should count against the cap.

It's way too subjective as well. Some guy in the CFL's head office decides how much to charge against the cap? That's BS in my book.

An Argo-Cat fan

Well its easy. A team can load up the players 'appearance' money instead of in his base salary and have room under the cap. So essentially there would be no cap. The $2000 doesnt come from the car dealership it comes from the team to get the player to the event.

The fact that that person making the promotional appearance
plays for the Tiger Cats makes him marketable, BarneyFife,

he wouldn't be marketable on his own

and by the way, the team would likely
be involved in negotiating the deal.

Also, the situation gets more complex
when more lucrative fees are involved.

I remember when CHML paid Danny Mac
to host a radio show each week.

I think it is great that these fees
are going to be out in the open

The CFL can get a sense as to whether
some teams have a huge advantage
and, if so, adjustments can be made.