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When the B. Patrick Willis Authentic Jersey .C. Lions
used a first-round pick to draft University of Calgary offensive tackle Kirby
Fabien back in May, they did so with the hope that he could contribute to their
needs as a rookie. Same for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats when they drafted linebacker
Frederic Plesius out of Laval – considered among the most pro-ready players in
this years draft. But neither Fabien nor Plesius are participating in CFL
training camps this spring. And neither are two other draftees, Calgary
offensive lineman Carson Rockhill and Laval defensive lineman Arnaud
Gascon-Nadon (another Ticats pick). All of them have opted to pass on an
opportunity to play in the CFL this season, returning to school and another year
of CIS football instead (CIS players have five years of eligibility, compared to
four for players in American college football). All of which isnt very popular
with the CFL teams that drafted them which were apparently under the impression
theyd be turning pro this season. All four attended the CFLs Evaluation Camp
back in early March. Plesius said during TSNs draft show that he was eager to
get to training camp with Tiger-Cats. Rockhill told the Tiger-Cats leading up to
the draft that he would be at training camp. And Fabien accepted a flight to
Vancouver to don a Lions jersey for a photo op in the days following the draft.
Yet none of them are to be found this spring. So why would players pass on a
chance to play in the CFL when teams clearly are interested in their services?
Well, theres no simple answer to whats taken place. Some of the reasons cited
are the typical things like the desire to finish school or the chance to compete
for a Vanier Cup. Some in the CFL suggest CIS coaches have their own
self-interest at heart by encouraging players to defer their CFL opportunity for
another year. And then theres the notion that at least some of these players are
dreaming of the NFL and thus dont want to sign a three-year CFL contract that
would lock them up until 2015. By returning to school instead, theyre hoping to
make enough progress over this coming season to earn their shot down south in
time for next season. CFL teams scoff at this rationale, suggesting that players
who arent ready for the NFL near the end of their CIS careers are unlikely to be
so with an additional year of university football under their belts. And they
say if these players are interested in long-term development, theyre best in the
CFL where the season is more than twice as long as in the CIS and theyll see
better coaching and competition. Not coincidentally, three of the four CIS
returnees are represented by player agent Jonathan Hardaway out of Washington,
D.C. Hardaway earned considerable credibility with CIS players when, two years
ago, he managed to land former Concordia linebacker Cory Greenwood with the
Kansas City Chiefs. Last year, he helped get former Queens offensive lineman
Matt ODonnell onto the Cincinnati Bengals practice roster. ODonnell decided to
wait out the NFL lockout last spring instead of reporting to Saskatchewan when
he was drafted by the Roughriders. To say that Hardaway is not popular with CFL
general managers is putting it rather mildly (Hardaway did not return a phone
call for this column.). And at least some say that having Hardaway represent a
player affects where they might draft him. Theres not much the CFL can do about
Hardaway, but the league appears determined to reform its draft rules so that
players will have to state their intentions and lose the ability to change their
minds after the draft. This would require players to formally enter the CFL
draft – the same way players do in the National Football League – with the idea
being that publicly declaring their intentions to turn pro would mean forfeiting
whatever CIS eligibility they have remaining. That is, perhaps, unless a team
that drafts a player determines its in his best interests to return for another
year of CIS football before playing in the CFL. Such a measure would require the
CISs co-operation, which is by no means a given. Its not that the CFL doesnt
want to see players finish out their eligibility before becoming professionals.
Its just that theyd like a player to commit to his intentions before they spend
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dropping plans to play home games in London in 2013 and 2014, citing a need to
focus on negotiations on their lease and ease fan discontent. The Rams said
Monday that they will play the New England Patriots at Wembley Stadium on Oct.
28 while withdrawing their commitment for home games in London the following two
seasons. “We want to grow globally, but we need to make sure were on solid
footing first here in St. Louis,” said Kevin Demoff, chief operating officer, at
a news conference. “While this was something that we believe in and we continue
to believe in, this was just not the right timing for the organization and for
our fans.” Demoff said season ticket sales have not suffered during an impasse
with the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Bureau. But he said the decision
should ease worries they might move after the 2014 season. “I think the general
perception is that if youre playing in London, youre not looking right now for
an absolute solution, youre giving yourself an out,” Demoff said. “We dont want
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Convention and Visitors Bureau and leased to the Rams for home games. The lease
agreement signed when the team moved to St. Louis in 1994 allows for periodic
evaluations of whether it is among the top 25 per cent of all the NFLs 31
stadiums (the New York Jets and Giants share a stadium). The bureau and the Rams
have been negotiating over improvements since at least January. Unless a deal is
worked out, the Rams could break the lease and potentially leave St. Louis after
the 2014 season. “Were committed to working with the city to find a first-tier
solution,” Demoff said. “We have said we need our actions to speak louder than
our words, and this action today should show St. Louis we care about getting
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finalize these plans in the months ahead.” NFL owners have agreed to play
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Commissioner Roger Goodell has repeatedly spoken of the possibility of a
full-time franchise there one day. The NFL first played at Wembley in 2007, with
the New York Giants beating the Miami Dolphins 13-10. Since then, seven other
teams have visited, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers making the trip twice. The
Rams and the bureau are at odds about what needs to be done, and how much it
would cost to get the 18-year-old dome that was built with taxpayer money to
first-tier status. The agreement to play “home” games in London each of the next
three seasons had been met with some scorn in St. Louis since that would have
provided for just seven regular-season games in St. Louis each of those seasons.
The CVC privately proposed to the Rams a modest $48 million plan in January that
would have been publicly funded. When that was rejected, the CVC in February
announced a plan for $124 million in improvements that included better amenities
and a massive new scoreboard. It would have required to Rams to pay for $64
million of the cost. Voter approval in St. Louis city and St. Louis County would
have been required for the rest. The Rams countered with a much more elaborate
plan calling for a new roof with a sliding panel, replacing much of the brick
exterior with a glass front, even re-routing a nearby street. The Rams did not
provide a cost estimate but mayoral aide Jeff Rainford said the teams plan would
cost about $700 million and the dome, which also hosts conventions, would have
to be closed for renovation for up to three years, potentially costing the city
$500 million in revenue. The Rams were 2-14 last season, tied for the worst in
the NFL with Indianapolis, and are 15-65 over the past five seasons. They lost
their preseason opener to the Colts 38-3 on Sunday in the debut of coach Jeff
Fisher. ’ ’ ’ 

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