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Thursday, December 14, 2017

CFL RELEASES 2018 SCHEDULE

TORONTO - The Canadian Football League season will be spread over an additional week next year in an effort to promote player safety.

The league announced its schedule on Thursday, two months earlier than last year. The season kicks off a week earlier on June 14, when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers host Edmonton.

The schedule stretches the regular-season over 21 weeks rather than 20 to reduce the number of short turnarounds. No team will have to play three games in 11 days, something that had been part of every schedule dating back to 2005. The number of games to be played on less than a full week's rest has been cut to 44, down from 51 last year and 54 the year before.

The number of games played on five days rest has been cut from 21 last year to 15 this year, a 29 per cent decrease. And every team will get three bye weeks instead of two, reducing the number of consecutive weeks a team must play.

The Toronto Argonauts kick off their Grey Cup title defence on June 154 in Saskatchewan, and then return home to raise their championship banner on June 23 when they host Calgary in a Grey Cup rematch.

Rounding out opening weekend is a double header on June 16 that has Hamilton visiting Calgary and Montreal travelling to Vancouver to battle the B.C. Lions.

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said the early release of the schedule is in response to fans.

"For years, our fans have asked to have the schedule released as early as possible, preferably in time to consider buying season tickets as gifts for family and friends,'' Ambrosie said in a statement. "We are pleased today to deliver on that request. Not only is this schedule out two months earlier than last year's, it promises a season that starts a little sooner and will deliver all the excitement Canadians have come to expect from the CFL.''

The schedule will conclude with the 106th Grey Cup in Edmonton on Nov. 25.

Labour Day Weekend features the traditional rivalries _ Montreal visits the Ottawa Redblacks on Friday, Aug. 31; the Bombers visit the Riders on Sunday, Sept. 2; and the holiday Monday on Sept. 3 features a doubleheader, with Edmonton at Calgary in the afternoon followed by Toronto at Hamilton in the evening.


13 comments:

Kim K. said...

Wow...(checking my calendar to see if it's February)...

Anonymous said...

Have at'er whiner nation... Let the bitching and moaning begin.

Dyck Rubnutz said...

Looks great...lots of night games

Anonymous said...

Five eastern teams to start the year! Love the schedule, only one Friday game.

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or is the season starting 2 weeks earlier?

Anonymous said...

WOW....first 5 games vs EAST teams then a tough ending against 4 WEST teams and 4 of last 6 games on the road. Better be sharp out of the gate!

Anonymous said...

Confused: In 2017 we played Calgary and Winnipeg 3 times. 2018 is the same. Should we not be playing BC and Edmonton 3 times.

Anonymous said...

This new Commisioner is the CHAMP of all time. Thanks for 7 warm weather home games before mid September Mr commish!

Anonymous said...

In the past, my family wouldn't attend any home games after Thanksgiving, so this new schedule format suits us very well.

Anonymous said...

to anon that said "Have at'er whiner nation... Let the bitching and moaning begin." Sorry I guess you must be disappointed with all the positives!

Anonymous said...

Incredibly good schedule love the first 4 home games , bit of a break in always busy August and then perfect non conflict with nfl end of season
Absolutely love it

Anonymous said...

No conflict with NFL season is right. I can enjoy real football on Sundays now!

Anonymous said...

I've been saying for a decade, the CFL and NFL can coincide together, just don't ever put CFL vs NFL head to head on a Sunday or you know the mighty NFL marketers will always win.