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How Much Do CFL Players Make?

Julie asked me that question as I sit here watching some of the Grey Cup, the championship game of the Canadian Football League. I knew that their salaries were meagre compared to bigger professional leagues, but I wasn’t sure of specifics. TSN Magazine (it looks like that link is broken–TSN ought to know better) to the rescue:

Minimum salaries in the CFL this year are $30,000 for rookies and $32,000 for veterans. The minimum increases to $35,000 next year as a result of the CFL’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The average CFL salary is about $45,000 Canadian.

Starters, excluding quarterbacks, can command anywhere between $60,000 and $120,000, depending on their position. Quarterbacks are generally the highest-paid players, making between $150,000 and $300,000.

Later, the article discusses other jobs many CFL players take:

The effect of low salaries donned [sic] on me while I was interviewing Edmonton kicker Sean Fleming during practice at Commonwealth Stadium Wednesday. “I work full-time year-round at Price Waterhouse Coopers. I’ve done that for a year and a half. Before that, I was an investment advisor with National Bank Financial. So basically I’ve got one full-time job and this is my part-time job,” he said…

Before joining the CFL, Edmonton quarterback Ricky Ray was delivering Frito Lay potato chips for $43,000 U.S. a year – more than he’s made in Edmonton this year. That’s just plain sad.

I don’t think it’s sad. I think it’s probably fair. These guys are being reasonably reimbursed for doing something that they love. The only sad part is that they couldn’t stick in a league that paid them more. I’m guessing the owners aren’t shafting them or anything–the league is simply small, and small-time.

On a related note, I see that the Black Eyed Peas’ corporate whoredom continues.

123 Responses to “How Much Do CFL Players Make?”

  1. Cl

    I love how Matthew is acting all superior and such. And no Matthew, you sound like the asshole. And you’re in the wrong forum.

  2. Jerry

    Why do people bash the cfl so much and compare to the nfl? Two different rules and field, therefore you need a different kind of player suited more to the bigger field. The games in the cfl are much more exciting than the nfl and remember entertainment is key. We do not bash Canadian hockey players yet we bash Canadian football players, I do not get it. If those people love the nfl so much go to buffalo to watch a bunch of losers play ball, we fans of the cfl can stay here and watch our own game. Go argos

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