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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

BOMBSHELL: ORRIDGE TO STEP DOWN


TORONTO - Jeffrey Orridge is out as CFL commissioner.

The league issued a statement Wednesday that Orridge and the CFL board of governors have agreed to part ways effective June 30.

Orridge was hired as CFL commissioner in March 2015, becoming the first African American chief executive of a major North American sports league.

Prior to joining the CFL, Orridge negotiated the media rights to several Olympic Games for CBC but was also with the broadcaster when it lost NHL rights to Rogers in 2014.

No reason was provided for the move, but in the CFL's statement Orridge said he and the board had "differing views on the future of the league.''

(Canadian Press)

22 comments:

stephen preston said...

Yes! I am very happy to hear this. The CFL deserves a much more vocal and passionate leader. I agree with some of the things Jeff did, like adding a podcast, enhancing the website and trying to beef up the CFL's online presence but he fell so short on so many things. Very glad that action was taken now and that the teams arent just letting him run out his contract. Bravo!

Anonymous said...

Word on the street is that he's going to try-out for the Roughriders QB position.

No Stone Unturned.

@mrt_man said...

HEY HOW BOUT THAT... NOW YOU WILL ONLY HAVE TO PRETEND TO LIKE HIM FOR A COUPLE MORE HOURS!

Anonymous said...

The CFL had a commissioner??? Good to know.

Rod Pedersen said...

I like Jeffrey a lot. The people who screwed here is the committee who hired him. Orridge is a smart, nice guy but running a pro football league wasn't for him.

RP

Anonymous said...

Ed Hervey to be announced CFL commissioner.

Keith Pottruff said...

Damn... Stability in that job is important. Hopefully they can find a good guy quick

Gord said...

This is great news for the league and the fans. Orridge was without a doubt a horrific commissioner. Good riddance!

Anonymous said...

Best choice would be Wally Buono if he would ever step away from the Lions.

Curtis said...

As with everything and everybody no one is all good or all bad. He was WAY OVER HIS HEAD for the first year. Also, he was not as warm to the fans as his predecessor. However, he did some innovative things like CFL week and arranging a long term deal with ESPN for increased US covereage, but he changed things that did not need to be changed like the logo (will the next commissioner please get rid of this one and return to the previous one).

As with most things it probably came down to $$. If the teams revenue from the league was increasing he could have justified his direction, but if revenue from the league is staying the same or decreasing then the board of governors probably made a good short term decision.

One question will the 'Orridge' rule regarding football operations personnel stay in effect after he leaves ?

Hopefully the board of governors makes a better decision this time.

Anonymous said...

I was not impressed with some of the decisions made during his tenure.

I am hoping they find someone who relates better to the fans.

IMAGIRL

Bob said...

Hahaha...that's gold dude.

Anonymous said...

Mr.Ed for comissioner.

IMAGURL

CJ Evans said...

Square peg, round hole... I don't think Orridge was a good fit from the beginning. The CFL needs someone who is passionate and understands the league at it's base level. I find it interesting that the league office was engaging with a lot of trash talk on social media... I, as a nobody fan, got chirped for having an opinion! Poor choice of priorities and possibly lack of leadership in the front office, is my opinion.

That being said, this Board of Governors is a tricky beast to deal with too... much like herding cats with everyone having their own agendas. The commissioner needs to be a strong personality so you're not walked over, but they can't be too strong of a personality or have your own agenda/ideas or you are removed. Overall, I think the whole CFL business structure needs to change (good luck).

Next commish needs to KNOW this league, celebrate & endorse it as a passionate member, without changing it too much for the sake of change!

Anonymous said...

Time to hire Kevin O'Leary as Commissionaire! He knows more about football and entertainment business than politics.

Anonymous said...

Let's be honest, the CFL commissioner role is one of a puppet. You can be the smartest individual, but if you do not do what the board wants.. short ride.

Cory

Evan Wiome said...

Who are you, and what have you done with Rod Pedersen?

Tim from Kansas said...

Wow. I was not a big fan early on, but he gained my support over time when I saw he was all in and working really hard. I respect that.

CFL commish is one tough gig.

Anonymous said...

Stupid is as Stupid does.

Anonymous said...

It's not the commissioners job to relate to the fans.

Anonymous said...

CFL announcement;

Glen Suitor/Duane Ford will share commissioner duties. Job description to follow.

Arash

Anonymous said...

Are we really surprised. You need a guy in with a Football background, plain and simple. Orridge wasnt going to last. Painfully obvious last year.