TORONTO — Canadian Football League (CFL) fans will be able to use some new sources this season to access information on video reviews in real time and learn more about the game they love anytime.
A new Twitter account, @CFLFootball Ops, will deliver explanations for in-game officiating decisions made by the Command Centre, outline what the rules say about unusual plays, provide interesting stats and keep fans abreast of the latest news involving league decisions.
A new website www.cfl.ca/football-operations will be a hub where fans can access instructional videos on what officials look for on various plays, information on player health and safety, updates on supplemental discipline and points of emphasis for this season. They will also be able to visit a storehouse of news releases and data on the three-down game.
“If you’ve ever wondered or debated, for example, whether the Command Centre ruled a pass incomplete because the receiver’s feet were out of bounds or because he was bobbling a pass, this will give you the answer,” said Darren Hackwood, the CFL’s Senior Director of Officiating. “As a league, we are in a constant conversation with our fans and the media and we’ve strived to share information. But this will allow us to streamline this aspect of our communications by giving fans and the media specific destinations for information on officiating and other football operations.”
Ryan Janzen, the CFL’s Senior Director of Football Operations, said this is an opportunity for fans to dive deep inside the decisions, rules and procedures that can affect the game they love.
“Our fans are very passionate and knowledgeable,” Janzen said. “Every time we feed that passion, and help them expand that knowledge, our league is that much stronger.”
The @CFLFootball Ops twitter account and the new football ops website will both be active tonight at 8:30 pm ET when the CFL regular season kicks off with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers hosting the Edmonton Eskimos. Friday Night Football debuts tomorrow with the Saskatchewan Roughriders facing the reigning Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts in Regina. On Saturday, the first double-header of the season features the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Calgary to face the Stampeders at 7 pm ET and the Montreal Alouettes in Vancouver to play the BC Lions at 10 pm ET. For single-game tickets, click here.
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