With the shadow of commissioner Tom Wright's uncertain future hanging over them, Canadian Football League governors are in Winnipeg Tuesday to discuss the use of instant replay, ratification of a salary management system and potential return of a team to Ottawa.
The salary management system, approved in principle in January, did not receive approval at a meeting last month because of language that needed to be changed in both the collective labour agreement with the players and the league's constitution.
While those changes might seem like mere formalities, the fact that at least two clubs — the Montreal Alouettes and B.C. Lions — are fiercely against the salary management system means one more vote against it could kill it.
If approved, the system, which would limit each team to $3.7-million in spending, would come into full effect next season.
Instant replay, which had been auditioned during the recently completed exhibition season, would go into play immediately if approved.
On the Ottawa front, sources say the league has received several inquiries from potential investors interested in a franchise for the country's fourth largest market. Governors are expected to discuss conditions and timelines for re-establishing a presence in a city where teams have twice folded in the past 10 years.
Wright was recently told by the governors that he did not have the necessary 75-per-cent support to have a second contract extension approved, meaning his term will be up after the Grey Cup game in November. The commissioner has given no indication that he plans to leave before then.
The league is also slated to elect a new chairman of the board to replace Tom Robinson. With Wright's departure on the horizon, the choice of chairman could be critical because the league's constitution states that the chairman serves as the commissioner when the job is vacant.