Closing The NFL Window: Good Or Bad Idea For The CFL?

July 15, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Canadian Football League is going to take out the NFL option window in 2012.
The NFL option window is currently between January 1 and February 16 of the option year of their contracts. Under the new rules, players keep the option window for 2011 and 2012, but after that it will be eliminated.
People have argued this is bad for the NFL because most CFL players never leave.
Very few players leave the NFL so all this would do is discourage people from playing in the CFL. The few people the NFL can retain won't be retained for long (they'll leave once they get the chance).
On the flip side, people have argued that if you sign a contract, you should honor it. You cannot just opt out one year early to go to a different league that pays you more money, that's just insane, and not fair at all.
Then there is the fact that the NFL does lose talent to this option; therefore, getting rid of the window should have been done a lot faster.
Don't get rid of the window...

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