I’ve been critical of the job CFL Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge has done on this page in the past. That being said, I’ll give credit where credit is due as Orridge joined Jock and I for a wide ranging discussion, responding openly and without commish-speak on several key topics.
On the live-mike experiment in the Stamps Ti-Cats game:
“We had about 2.4 million million Canadians tune in….and those are massive numbers…from our measurements it seemed to be pretty successful… The cool thing was you got under the tent.”
On coach’s challenges:
“What we saw in the beginning of the year was the coach’s challenges doubled….we looked at the flow of the game …and realized some of the entertainment value was being taken out of the game…and if we’re falling short in some ways we’re certainly about making the adjustments to make it better.”
On the ‘Pre-practice roster’ fiasco in Saskathcewan:
“We conducted an investigation three weeks prior to making the findings public…It’s not just one team. If there are allegations that should be acted upon…it doesn’t matter what team it is., we’ll pursue it until we get a final resolution”
On the Duron Carter suspension appeal that dragged on for close to two months:
“I share in many of the fans’ opinion that the process was way too long…The suspension was levied July 4th…It was unfortunate that it dragged on….and certainly we’ll look at how that can be shortened in the next collective agreement.”
On the CFL’s new drug testing policy:
“Overall we’re really really pleased with the outcome…It serves as a deterrent. I’m a father of two young boys and I want them to be athletes one day and I want them to understand that performance enchanting drugs are detrimental to their health and that cheating is not acceptable…it took some time to get there but I think we got it right.”
I’ll continue to hold Orridge’s feet to the fire when I think there’s a CFL issue he needs to show leadership on, but for a little more than 12 minutes on Labour Day Monday, he delivered.