|2018 CFL season|
|Duration||June 14 – November 3, 2018|
|Start date||November 11, 2018|
|East Champions||Ottawa Redblacks|
|West Champions||Calgary Stampeders|
|106th Grey Cup|
|Date||November 25, 2018|
|Site|| The Brick Field at|
The 2018 Canadian Football League season was the 65th season of modern Canadian professional football. Officially, it was the 61st season of the league. Edmonton hosted the 106th Grey Cup on November 25, 2018.The CFL announced that this season will move to a 21-week regular season (previously a 20-week season) to increase player rest time and reduce short turnaround-times for games. Given the change, the regular season began on June 14, 2018, one week earlier than usual, and concluded on November 3, 2018.
According to the new collective bargaining agreement, the 2018 salary cap will be set at $5,200,000 (average of $113,043 per active roster spot). As per the agreement, the cap is fixed and will not vary with league revenue performance. The minimum player salary is $54,000. This will be the last season under the current CBA with this deal expiring May 15, 2019 or the first day of the 2019 training camp, whichever comes first.
The 2018 free agency period began on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 12pm EST.All players eligible for free agency are unrestricted free agents, as is customary in the league.
On March 19, 2018, the CFL announced that it would introduce a new football for the 2018 season. The new ball, produced by Wilson Sporting Goods, matches the specifications of the ball used in the National Football League and uses the "slightly harder" Horween leather used in that league, but with the CFL's laces and its characteristic white striping.
Following the success of the week-long league and prospect showcase in March 2017, the league announced on September 9, 2017 that Mark's CFL Week would return and would be hosted by Winnipeg.The event took place from Thursday March 22 to Sunday March 25, 2018, and was highlighted by the CFL National Combine: In which, 52 2018 CFL Draft eligible prospects competed. The festivities were held at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg. Similar to last year's installment, over 50 current players attended for fan engagement and media photo shoots. The 2018 Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductees (Scott Flory, Barron Miles, Tommy Hugo, Hank Ilesic, Brent Johnson, Frank Cosentino, and Paul Brule) were announced during a gala and the CFL Rules and Competition Committee meetings were held.
On September 13, 2017, the league announced that the 2018 season would have a 21-week regular season schedule rather than the 20-week schedule used from 2004 to 2005 and 2014 to 2017 when the league had nine teams.This will be the longest, in terms of calendar days, that a CFL season has been. In this model, there will be 18 four-game weeks and three three-game weeks. Every team will have three bye weeks, up from the previous eight teams with two bye weeks and one team with three (while playing two games in one week). This change was also a probable result of the backlash received for the 2017 Ottawa Redblacks season schedule that saw the team play 17 games over the first 17 weeks and have their byes in weeks 18 and 20. Ottawa also had to play three games in 11 days as did the Toronto Argonauts, due to the five-game week in week 5.
On December 14, 2017, the CFL released the 2018 season schedule, which was almost two months earlier than in years past.The season opening game was hosted on June 14 by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the first time they have hosted that game since the 2014 season. The Grey Cup rematch, hosted by the Argonauts, took place in week 2, which was the first time since 2013 that it was not featured in week 1. Three-game weeks will take place in weeks 5, 9, and 14 as three teams will have byes during those weeks.
There are four triple headers, all occurring on Saturdays and after the Labour Day Classic games, presumably to avoid playing games on Sundays and interfering with TSN's broadcast of National Football League games.There are also 11 double headers this year, with one on a Thursday, three on Fridays, five on Saturdays, and two on Mondays (the traditional Labour Day and Thanksgiving contests). Other than the two Holiday Monday games, all games this season are played between Thursday and Sunday. This will be the fourth straight season to showcase Thursday Night Football with 10 of the first 11 weeks featuring Thursday night games, with every team hosting at least once. For the first time since 2014, there are not only all intra-divisional games in the last week of the regular season, but those games are also featured in the last three weeks of the regular season (which also occurred in 2014). There are nine home-and-home series, with the Argonauts playing the most, with four. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have a delayed home-and-home series with the Saskatchewan Roughriders as both teams have a bye during week 5 (in which case, the Tiger-Cats also have four such series).
|Team||2017 GM||2018 GM||Notes|
|BC Lions||Wally Buono||Ed Hervey||On November 30, 2017, the BC Lions announced that Wally Buono would step aside from his duties as general manager to be replaced by Ed Hervey. Hervey had been the general manager of the Edmonton Eskimos from 2013 though 2016, winning the 103rd Grey Cup in 2015. Buono will remain as the Lions' head coach.|
|Team||2017 HC||2017 interim HC||2018 HC||Notes|
|Hamilton Tiger-Cats||Kent Austin||June Jones||On December 4, 2017, the Tiger-Cats announced that they would be bringing back 2017 interim head coach June Jones on a permanent basis. Junes took over from Kent Austin after the Ti-Cats started the 2017 season 0-8, and under Jones' leadership the team won six of their remaining 10 games.|
|Montreal Alouettes||Jacques Chapdelaine||Kavis Reed||Mike Sherman||Kavis Reed, the interim head coach for Montreal, explicitly refused to accept any permanent appointment to the position (he lost all seven games as Alouettes head coach) but will remain on staff as general manager. Reed conducted the search for the team's new head coach following the 2017 season. On December 20, 2017, the Montreal Alouettes announced that they would be hiring former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Sherman as the club's 23rd head coach.|
In late January 2018 CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie announced that teams would be required to make public the names of 10 of the 45 players on their negotiation lists twice per year; once in February and once in December. The negotiation list is the process by which non-Canadian players enter the CFL; in lieu of a draft, teams instead unilaterally claim rights to any non-Canadian player by placing them on the list at any time on a first come, first served basis. The decision to go public was supported by the league's presidents, governors and general managers.On February 20, 2018 all nine CFL teams announced 10 players on their negotiation list.
On July 20, 2018 the nine CFL owners voted to reinstate the "NFL window". All players who sign contracts after August 20, 2018 will be eligible to work out (attend try-outs and mini-camps) and sign contracts with NFL teams during the off-season.CFL rookies will still be required to sign two year contracts, but now have the opportunity to have their contract terminated if signed by an NFL team after their first year.
In the middle of the CFL playoffs the CFL announced that they would be adding an eighth official to the final three playoff games with the sole purpose of identifying and penalizing any instances of violent impacts to the neck or head of a quarterback.The change came about as a result of injuries to Zach Collaros and Brandon Bridge who both received violent hits to the head.
In March the CFL's Rules Committee submitted a variety of rule changes to the Board of Governors, to be implemented for the 2017 season. As was the case in 2017, the proposed changes once again focused on improving game flow and increasing player safety.The proposals were reviewed and accepted by the CFL's Board of Governors on May 23, 2018.
Broadcast agreements with the ESPN family of networks, including TSN in Canada, continue. In the United States, games not carried on ESPN's linear networks will now be placed behind a hard paywall for all viewers as ESPN+ takes over streaming those games; they had previously been carried on ESPN3, the cost of which had been bundled into the price set by the Internet service provider.
Although the CFL's agreement with TSN has since been extended to 2021, that extension did not cover U.S. rights, which expire after 2018. The CFL has admitted courting a return to NFL Network, which carried the league's games in 2010 and 2011; such a move would require the league to move its schedule a month earlier than it starts now, potentially overlapping with the Stanley Cup Finals.
Teams play eighteen regular season games, playing two divisional opponents three times and all of the other teams twice. Teams were awarded two points for a win and one point for a tie. The top three teams in each division qualified for the playoffs, with the first place team gaining a bye to the divisional finals. A fourth place team in one division may qualify ahead of the third place team in the other division (the "Crossover"), if they earn more points in the season.If a third-place team finishes in a tie with the fourth place team in the other division, the third place team automatically gets the playoff spot and there is no crossover.
If two or more teams in the same division were equal in points, the following tiebreakers applied:
Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points
Teams in bold are in playoff positions.
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||18||10||8||0||20||550||419||4–6||L1||Details|
|Abbreviation and Colour Key:|
BC – BC Lions • CGY – Calgary Stampeders • EDM – Edmonton Eskimos • HAM – Hamilton Tiger-Cats • MTL – Montreal Alouettes
OTT – Ottawa Redblacks • SSK – Saskatchewan Roughriders • TOR – Toronto Argonauts • WPG – Winnipeg Blue Bombers
• • • •
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||EDM||MTL||HAM||BC||BC||TOR||TOR||Bye||HAM||OTT||CGY||SSK||SSK||Bye||MTL||EDM||OTT||SSK||Bye||CGY||EDM|
The Grey Cup was played at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium on November 25, 2018. Stampeders' QB, Bo Levi Mitchell was named Grey Cup MVP and Stampeders' wide receiver, Lemar Durant was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.
106th Grey Cup
|E2||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||48||E2||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||27|
|W4||BC Lions||8||E1||Ottawa Redblacks||16|
|W2||Saskatchewan Roughriders||18||W3||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||14|
|W3||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||23|
|1||Charleston Hughes||Mike Reilly||Derel Walker||Charleston Hughes|
|2||Bo Levi Mitchell||Chris Streveler||Jeremiah Masoli||Chris Streveler|
|3||C. J. Gable||Jeremiah Masoli||Boris Bede||Jeremiah Masoli|
|4||Adam Bighill||Brad Sinopoli||James Wilder Jr.||Adam Bighill|
|5||D'haquille Williams||Travis Lulay||Micah Johnson||Micah Johnson|
|6||Andrew Harris||Brad Sinopoli||Trevor Harris||Andrew Harris|
|7||Mike Reilly||Lewis Ward||Jovan Santos-Knox||Jovan Santos-Knox|
|8||McLeod Bethel-Thompson||Kamar Jorden||S. J. Green||McLeod Bethel-Thompson|
|9||Trevor Harris||Adam Bighill||Chris Rainey||Adam Bighill|
|10||Mike Reilly||Nick Marshall||Jordan Williams-Lambert||Jordan Williams-Lambert|
|11||Bo Levi Mitchell||Kamar Jorden||Ja'Gared Davis||Bo Levi Mitchell|
|12||Brandon Banks||Jeremiah Masoli||Luke Tasker||Brandon Banks|
|13||Mike Reilly||D’haquille Williams||Brandon Banks||Brandon Banks|
|14||William Powell||Anthony Orange||Reggie Begelton||Reggie Begelton|
|15||Lewis Ward||Jonathon Jennings||Bryan Burnham||Lewis Ward|
|16||Zach Collaros||Kevin Fogg||Don Unamba||Kevin Fogg|
|17||Willie Jefferson||Davon Coleman||Andrew Harris||Andrew Harris|
|18||Adam Bighill||Bryant Mitchell||Mike Reilly||Adam Bighill|
|19||DeVier Posey||Zach Collaros||Trevor Harris||Zach Collaros|
|20||Matt Nichols||Diontae Spencer||John Bowman||Matt Nichols|
|21||Mike Reilly||C. J. Gable||William Stanback|
|June||Mike Reilly||Jeremiah Masoli||D'haquille Williams|
|July||Andrew Harris||D'haquille Williams||Brad Sinopoli|
|August||Kamar Jorden||Charleston Hughes||Mike Reilly|
|September||Jeremiah Masoli||William Powell||Lewis Ward|
|October||Matt Nichols||Adam Bighill||Trevor Harris|
|Team||Home Avg.||% of Capacity||League Avg. Diff.|
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