Canadian Football League

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Riders Over Canadian Football League Salary Cap

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have violated the CFL's salary cap for the second straight season.

The CFL released results of its annual audit of its eight member teams Tuesday, and the Roughriders were the only team to exceed the $4.2-million cap.

The audit revealed that Saskatchewan exceeded the cap by $87,147 and as a result will have to pay a fine of that amount to the league.

Last year, the Riders exceeded the cap by $76,552 and had to pay a fine of that amount as well. Since Saskatchewan was less than 100,000 over the cap in both instances, the club was able to keep its first-round draft picks.

Teams are fined $1 for every dollar up to $100,000 that they're over the cap. The penalty goes up to $2 for every dollar from $101,000 to $300,000 over, plus a team's first-round draft choice.

Teams that exceed the cap by more than $300,000 are fined $3 for every dollar over and also lose their first-and second-round draft choices.

Last season, the Montreal Alouettes were over the cap by $108,285. Not only did they have to pay $116,570 in fines, they were also forced to give up the fourth overall pick in the '08 draft.