Why not the old import rules if one becomes a citizen??

Off the top of my head I am not sure if this can be done somehow under each province's human rights codes but I remain convinced that the CFL had a great rule on import Americans back in the 1960s. See below for details. In a nutshell if a US player came here and acquired Canadian citizenship after 5 years, he could be reclassified as a Canadian a la Ronny Lancaster, QB and some other CFL greats. I am sure it could be done if it was based on place of football training and becoming a Canadian citizen.

This would encourage teams to form long term relationships with its players and encourage some who want to stay here to become citizens. Heck, we should maybe allow them to be NI if they stay 5 consecutive years with the league. There are lots of reasons not to do this I suppose but we sure got some good ones before and don't forget that those were the glory years of the CFL with larger crowds in some cities than now.

One of the reasons for fans not showing interest is the issue of player identification - not enough get to know the players with so much movement.

History of Collective Bargaining in the CFL

  1. Roster Size

The characteristic general restriction on employment in the C.F.L. has been the quota for American or "import" players. In 1936, there was a limit of five imports. The quota was gradually increased to twelve during the 1950's. In 1961, it was determined that an import could be reclassified as a local if he acquired Canadian citizenship after five years of residence. Until 1965, the import regulations referred to the number of "Americans", but this terminology was amended in 1965 when the view that the roster limits were in breach of the Ontario Human Rights Code. The criteria then referred to the place of early football training (with the result that the famous American sprinter, John Carlos, played for the Montreal Alouettes in 1971 as a "non-import"). In 1968, the "designated import" rule provided that when a 14th import entered the game, another import could no longer be used; this was amended in 1970 to allow free substitution of imports at the quarterback position.

The player quota re-emerged as a point of contention after 1993 because the American teams were not required to employ "non-import" or Canadian players. Many teams favoured eliminating or severely reducing the ratio to obtain cheap talent by tapping the massive supply of American players. The C.F.L.P.A., however, resolved to protect all positions on the total roster of 37 players. In 1996, however, when the League was re-established as an exclusively Canadian franchises, the C.F.L.P.A. bargained to maintain 17 Canadian positions on the new active roster of 36.

In the current collective agreement, the minimum roster size is 39 players and the maximum is 40. Not more than 18 can be imports, which includes two designed imports, but not quarterbacks.

Buck Pierce #16 has a great future in the

To some extent, to answer my own question they get around this kind of issue with the QB situation so now a Ron Lancaster is ok at QB anyway.

But if you eliminated that current QB rule and had this old rule in play, a team would hang on to its developed QB if he wants to go the naturalized route and become a citizen.

Hey, look at the Olympics and the place of birth of Canadian track athletes who rack up our medals.

A few World Cups back (soccer), the joke was if you could spell "Ireland" or could prove a relative travelled there sometime you could be on the Irish National Soccer team. In hockey Brett Hull could have played for Canada but chose the USA.

I am wanting a system that rewards long time commitment to the CFL and teams who attract, develop and retain talent and players who may not be NFL type guys for size reasons usually as their game has different needs.

Let me repeat the old adage used often in business and life: More of the same won't get you different results. Meaning; if this game is going to regain its glory days as a top spectator sport, more out of the box thinking has to be brought to bear on the game and the rules.

Brett Hull was a dual citizen from birth, that’s why he could choose.

And a friend of mine’s father flew into Paris in the 50’s, and getting off the plane from Canada was asked to play for the French National Hockey team, they didn’t even know who he was.

That is a hoot…your friend’s dad and the French team. Did he even skate?..lol

In some sports, talk about flags of convenience and in this country we are no exception taking in the speedy and fast in track and making them citizens real quick - not that there is anything wrong with that.