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As of the upcoming 2021 CFL season, the roster of CFL teams consists of:

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As of the upcoming 2021 CFL season, the roster of CFL teams consists of:


* ''Edmonton Elks'': Formerly the Eskimos (and originally the [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Esquimaux]]). Founded in 1949. Though Toronto has the most Grey Cup wins of the overall history of Canadian football, Edmonton has the most Grey Cup wins in the modern era, and is thus a very popular team. Continuing the "Battle of Alberta" tradition made famous by the NHL, its main rival is Calgary. Similar to the former Washington Redskins (now currently known as the Washington Football Team), the Esks had drawn controversy over their politically incorrect name, and on July 21, 2020, the team announced that they would [[https://www.cfl.ca/2020/07/21/edmonton-football-team-discontinues-use-name-eskimos/ discontinue the use of the "Eskimos" name]], although unlike Washington, Edmonton continued to use its "double-E" logo at the time, and in February 2021, the team announced it was seeking fan input for a new name. In June 2021, the Edmonton Football Team officially became the Edmonton Elks and introduced a new primary logo based on the new nickname, with the long-time "double-E" logo relegated to secondary status.

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* ''Edmonton Elks'': Formerly the Eskimos (and originally the [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Esquimaux]]). Founded in 1949. Though Toronto has the most Grey Cup wins of in the overall history of Canadian football, Edmonton has the most Grey Cup wins in the modern era, and is thus a very popular team. Continuing the "Battle of Alberta" tradition made famous by the NHL, its main rival is Calgary. Similar to the former Washington Redskins (now currently known as the Washington Football Team), the Esks had drawn controversy over their politically incorrect name, and on July 21, 2020, the team announced that they would [[https://www.cfl.ca/2020/07/21/edmonton-football-team-discontinues-use-name-eskimos/ discontinue the use of the "Eskimos" name]], although unlike Washington, Edmonton continued to use its "double-E" logo at the time, and in February 2021, the team announced it was seeking fan input for a new name. name]]. In June 2021, the Edmonton Football Team former Eskimos officially became the Edmonton Elks and introduced a new primary logo based on the new nickname, with the long-time "double-E" logo relegated to secondary status.


The 2020 season was outright cancelled due to the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic. The league attempted to secure a C$30 million loan from the federal government, as the CFL is more dependent on gameday revenue compared to the NHL and the other US-based leagues[[note]]While TV broadcast rights are a significant source of revenue for the CFL, the smaller Canadian TV market makes it less valuable compared to the NHL, and the CFL in the US is mostly relegated to niche status on the [[Creator/{{ESPN}} ESPN+]] streaming service and one game per week and the Grey Cup on the main ESPN channels[[/note]], to play an abbreviated season in a central hub city without spectators, but the request was rejected. Also, the CFL's 2020 season cancellation was the first time in over 100 years that the Grey Cup was not contested; the Grey Cup was not contested between 1916 and 1918 due to UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and in 1919 due to a rules dispute among the various organizing bodies for Canadian football and coincidentally UsefulNotes/TheSpanishFlu pandemic.

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The 2020 season was outright cancelled due to the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic. The league attempted to secure a C$30 million loan from the federal government, as the CFL is more dependent on ticket sales and gameday revenue compared to the NHL and the other US-based major North American leagues[[note]]While TV broadcast rights are a significant source of revenue for the CFL, the smaller Canadian TV market makes it less valuable compared to the NHL, other major leagues, and the CFL in the US is mostly relegated to niche status on the [[Creator/{{ESPN}} ESPN+]] streaming service and one game per week and the Grey Cup on the main ESPN channels[[/note]], to play an abbreviated season in a central hub city without spectators, but the request was rejected. Also, the CFL's 2020 season cancellation was the first time in over 100 years that the Grey Cup was not contested; the Grey Cup was not contested between 1916 and 1918 due to UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and in 1919 due to a rules dispute among the various organizing bodies for Canadian football and coincidentally UsefulNotes/TheSpanishFlu pandemic.


* ''BC Lions'': AKA the Leos. Created in 1954 and based out of Vancouver. It has long had to compete with hockey for fans' attention and lost miserably on this front, but events starting in the late 2000s have given it a large insurgence of viewers. No inherent major rival, since the other four teams of the Western Division are all preoccupied with each other (even during years when Winnipeg's in the East). However, it takes the place of Montreal's "rival" in rivalry matchups when Ottawa's on hiatus or otherwise preoccupied. Despite being left out of much of the major drama this way and overshadowed by hockey, BC has made a lot of accomplishments, like being the first Western team to win a Grey Cup in their own stadium (and the ''only'' one until 2013) and the only Canadian team to beat a US team -- fan favourite Baltimore -- in the Grey Cup during the American experiment. Since the Argos' 2016 move to BMO Field, the Lions are the only CFL team to regularly play in a fixed or retractable roof stadium.

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* ''BC Lions'': AKA the Leos. Created in 1954 and based out of Vancouver. It has long had to compete with hockey for fans' attention and lost miserably on this front, but events starting in the late 2000s have given it a large insurgence of viewers. No inherent major rival, since the other four teams of the Western Division are all preoccupied with each other (even during years when Winnipeg's in the East). However, it takes the place of Montreal's "rival" in rivalry matchups when Ottawa's on hiatus or otherwise preoccupied. Despite being left out of much of the major drama this way and overshadowed by hockey, BC has made a lot of accomplishments, like being the first Western team to win a Grey Cup in their own stadium (and the ''only'' one until 2013) and the only Canadian team to beat a US team -- fan favourite Baltimore -- in the Grey Cup during the American experiment. Since the Argos' 2016 move to BMO Field, the Lions are currently the only CFL team to regularly play in a fixed or retractable roof stadium.



* ''Edmonton Football Team'': Formerly the Eskimos (and originally the [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Esquimaux]]). Founded in 1949. Though Toronto has the most Grey Cup wins of the overall history of Canadian football, Edmonton has the most Grey Cup wins in the modern era, and is thus a very popular team. Continuing the "Battle of Alberta" tradition made famous by the NHL, its main rival is Calgary. Similar to the former Washington Redskins (now currently known as the Washington Football Team), the Esks had drawn controversy over their politically incorrect name, and on July 21, 2020, the team announced that they would [[https://www.cfl.ca/2020/07/21/edmonton-football-team-discontinues-use-name-eskimos/ discontinue the use of the "Eskimos" name]], although unlike Washington, Edmonton continues to use its "double-E" logo, and in February 2021, the team announced it was seeking fan input for a new name; the candidates for the new name include Elk, Evergreens, Evergolds, Eclipse, Elkhounds, Eagles and Elements.
* ''Saskatchewan Roughriders'': AKA the Riders. Founded in 1910 and based in Regina, Saskatchewan's provincial capital. Not usually a successful team, as it took the team over a half-century since their founding to clench their first Grey Cup, though there have been seasonal exceptions, the Riders are nevertheless known for their ''absolutely devoted fans'', to the point of being called the Canadian counterpart of the Green Bay Packers.[[note]]Much like the Packers, the Roughriders play in their league's smallest market and are a community-owned team. The teams' fanbases even share an affinity for unusual headgear: a good number of Packers fans wear foam blocks shaped like cheese wedges, while some Riders fans wear actual hollowed-out watermelons.[[/note]] Their major rival is Winnipeg, (often) crossing division lines, especially after an incident in which a Winnipeg player recalled a provincial stereotype in an interview and referred to the Saskatchewan population as "banjo-pickin' inbreds"[[note]]After the media took an interest, he [[BackhandedApology apologised for incorrectly implying most Saskatchewaners know the banjo.]][[/note]]. However, much like Toronto, they also hate nearly every other team in the league for some grudge or another. For many years, the Riders were one of two similarly-named teams in the CFL. From the 1950s (when Canada's Eastern and Western leagues merged into the modern CFL) through 1996, the 'Riders co-existed with the Ottawa Rough Riders.

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* ''Edmonton Football Team'': Elks'': Formerly the Eskimos (and originally the [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Esquimaux]]). Founded in 1949. Though Toronto has the most Grey Cup wins of the overall history of Canadian football, Edmonton has the most Grey Cup wins in the modern era, and is thus a very popular team. Continuing the "Battle of Alberta" tradition made famous by the NHL, its main rival is Calgary. Similar to the former Washington Redskins (now currently known as the Washington Football Team), the Esks had drawn controversy over their politically incorrect name, and on July 21, 2020, the team announced that they would [[https://www.cfl.ca/2020/07/21/edmonton-football-team-discontinues-use-name-eskimos/ discontinue the use of the "Eskimos" name]], although unlike Washington, Edmonton continues continued to use its "double-E" logo, logo at the time, and in February 2021, the team announced it was seeking fan input for a new name; name. In June 2021, the candidates for Edmonton Football Team officially became the Edmonton Elks and introduced a new primary logo based on the new name include Elk, Evergreens, Evergolds, Eclipse, Elkhounds, Eagles and Elements.
nickname, with the long-time "double-E" logo relegated to secondary status.
* ''Saskatchewan Roughriders'': AKA the Riders. Founded in 1910 and based in Regina, Saskatchewan's provincial capital.capital of Regina. Not usually a successful team, as it took the team over a half-century since their founding to clench their first Grey Cup, though there have been seasonal exceptions, the Riders are nevertheless known for their ''absolutely devoted fans'', to the point of being called the Canadian counterpart of the Green Bay Packers.[[note]]Much like the Packers, the Roughriders play in their league's smallest market and are a community-owned team. The teams' fanbases even share an affinity for unusual headgear: a good number of Packers fans wear foam blocks shaped like cheese wedges, while some Riders fans wear actual hollowed-out watermelons.[[/note]] Their major rival is Winnipeg, (often) crossing division lines, especially after an incident in which a Winnipeg player recalled a provincial stereotype in an interview and referred to the Saskatchewan population as "banjo-pickin' inbreds"[[note]]After the media took an interest, he [[BackhandedApology apologised for incorrectly implying most Saskatchewaners know the banjo.]][[/note]]. However, much like Toronto, they also hate nearly every other team in the league for some grudge or another. For many years, the Riders were one of two similarly-named teams in the CFL. From the 1950s (when Canada's Eastern and Western leagues merged into the modern CFL) through 1996, the 'Riders co-existed with the Ottawa Rough Riders.



* ''Toronto Argonauts'': AKA the Argos. Founded in 1873, it is one of the oldest North American sports teams still existing and the oldest North American football team. Has the largest amount of Grey Cup wins in the league and the longest Grey Cup winning streak in part because it is the oldest and has also never folded. Has near-equal animosity towards the entire Eastern Division, but its main rival is Hamilton. Their team name is an ArtifactTitle (they were originally owned by the Argonaut Rowing Club) but has proven popular despite that; they've never once changed it. Since moving to the formerly [[UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueSoccer MLS-specific]] BMO Field in 2016, the Argonauts are the only CFL team to play on a (mostly) grass field; however, since BMO Field wasn't originally designed for Canadian football, the end zones are artificial turf and are only 18 yards deep rather than the regulation 20 yards.

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* ''Toronto Argonauts'': AKA the Argos. Founded in 1873, it is one of the oldest North American sports teams still existing and the oldest North American football team. Has the largest amount of Grey Cup wins in the league and the longest Grey Cup winning streak in part because it is the oldest and has also never folded. Has near-equal animosity towards the entire Eastern Division, but its main rival is Hamilton. Their team name is an ArtifactTitle (they were originally owned by the Argonaut Rowing Club) but has proven popular despite that; they've never once changed it. Since moving to the formerly [[UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueSoccer MLS-specific]] BMO Field in 2016, the Argonauts are the only CFL team to play on a (mostly) natural grass field; however, since BMO Field wasn't originally designed for Canadian football, the end zones are artificial turf and are only 18 yards deep rather than the regulation 20 yards.



A CFL expansion team, the ''Atlantic Schooners'' (meant to represent all four Atlantic provinces), was awarded to Halifax in 1984, but never came to fruition. This came after the prospective franchise's owners lacked the funds needed to build a new stadium using land purchased in neighbouring Dartmouth. The Schooners are still included in official things that don't require an actual team, however; for example, when the Grey Cup rolls around, there's a party in the host city for each team [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and one for the Schooners]]. In 2017, a Halifax-based group, Maritime Football Limited, made a credible pitch to the CFL for a prospective team in the Maritimes, and two days prior to the 2018 Grey Cup game, the league and Maritime Football announced that they would revive the Schooners identity, and Maritime Football would subsequently rebrand as Schooners Sports and Entertainment (SSE). The Schooners could launch as early as the 2022 season assuming stadium plans in Halifax go through, although SSE has indicated that the team would likely start play in Moncton while the Halifax stadium is under construction.

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A CFL expansion team, the ''Atlantic Schooners'' (meant to represent all four Atlantic provinces), was awarded to Halifax in 1984, but never came to fruition. This came after the prospective franchise's owners lacked the funds needed to build a new stadium using land purchased in neighbouring Dartmouth. The Schooners are still included in official things that don't require an actual team, however; for example, when the Grey Cup rolls around, there's a party in the host city for each team [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and one for the Schooners]]. In 2017, a Halifax-based group, Maritime Football Limited, made a credible pitch to the CFL for a prospective team in the Maritimes, and two days prior to the 2018 Grey Cup game, the league and Maritime Football announced that they would revive the Schooners identity, and Maritime Football would subsequently rebrand as Schooners Sports and Entertainment (SSE). The Schooners could launch as early as the 2022 or 2023 season assuming stadium plans in Halifax go through, although SSE has indicated that the team would likely start play in Moncton while the Halifax stadium is under construction.



* ''Memphis Mad Dogs'': After Memphis was passed over for NFL expansion in favour of Jacksonville, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina in 1993, [=FedEx=] founder Fred Smith was awarded a CFL expansion franchise in 1995[[note]]The prospective NFL expansion team was originally named the ''Hound Dogs'' due to the involvement of the Music/ElvisPresley estate, but the name was changed to ''Mad Dogs'' after Presley's estate was no longer involved after the NFL expansion bid was turned down[[/note]]. The Mad Dogs' home field, the Liberty Bowl Stadium, could not fit the Canadian field ''at all''; the stadium had to use "yards" measuring only 33 inches and the end zones were an odd pentagon shape less than 12 yards deep. Much like fellow DeepSouth city Birmingham, the Mad Dogs drew well early in the season, but attendance tanked once the high school and college seasons started, and switching to Sunday games didn't help. Two years after the Mad Dogs' folding, Memphis finally got a long-desired NFL team... sort of. The Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans) relocated from Houston after the 1996 NFL season, intending to play two seasons in Memphis while what would become Nissan Stadium was built in the team's intended home of Nashville. Since Memphians weren't interested in supporting a team that would end up leaving in only two years, and Nashvillains likewise weren't interested in driving over 200 miles (320 km) one way to see "their" team[[note]]Not helping matters was that Interstate 40, the main corridor between Memphis and Nashville, was under reconstruction, nearly doubling the normally 3 hour commute between the two cities[[/note]], the Oilers' stay in Memphis was cut short by one year.

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* ''Memphis Mad Dogs'': After Memphis was passed over for NFL expansion in favour of Jacksonville, Florida (Jaguars) and Charlotte, North Carolina (Panthers) in 1993, [=FedEx=] founder Fred Smith was awarded a CFL expansion franchise in 1995[[note]]The prospective proposed NFL expansion team was originally named the ''Hound Dogs'' due to the involvement of the Music/ElvisPresley estate, but the name was changed to ''Mad Dogs'' after Presley's estate was no longer involved after the NFL expansion bid was turned down[[/note]]. failed[[/note]]. The Mad Dogs' home field, the Liberty Bowl Stadium, could not fit the Canadian field ''at all''; all'' due to being a completely enclosed stadium; the stadium had to use "yards" measuring only 33 inches and the end zones were an odd pentagon shape less than 12 yards deep. Much like fellow DeepSouth city Birmingham, the Mad Dogs drew well early in the season, but attendance tanked once the high school and college seasons started, and switching to Sunday games didn't help. Two years after the Mad Dogs' folding, Memphis finally got a long-desired NFL team... sort of. The Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans) relocated from Houston after the 1996 NFL season, intending to play two seasons in Memphis while what would become Nissan Stadium was built in the team's intended home of Nashville. Since Memphians weren't interested in supporting a team that would end up leaving in only two years, and Nashvillains likewise weren't interested in driving over 200 miles (320 km) one way to see "their" team[[note]]Not helping matters was that Interstate 40, the main corridor between Memphis and Nashville, was under reconstruction, reconstruction at the time, nearly doubling the normally 3 hour commute between the two cities[[/note]], the Oilers' stay in Memphis was cut short by one year.


The 2020 season was outright cancelled due to the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic. The league attempted to secure a C$30 million loan from the federal government, as the CFL is more dependent on gameday revenue than TV broadcast rights compared to the other major North American leagues, to play an abbreviated season in a central hub city without spectators, but the request was rejected. Also, the CFL's 2020 season cancellation was the first time in over 100 years that the Grey Cup was not contested; the Grey Cup was not contested between 1916 and 1918 due to UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and in 1919 due to a rules dispute among the various organizing bodies for Canadian football and coincidentally UsefulNotes/TheSpanishFlu pandemic.

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The 2020 season was outright cancelled due to the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic. The league attempted to secure a C$30 million loan from the federal government, as the CFL is more dependent on gameday revenue than compared to the NHL and the other US-based leagues[[note]]While TV broadcast rights are a significant source of revenue for the CFL, the smaller Canadian TV market makes it less valuable compared to the other major North American leagues, NHL, and the CFL in the US is mostly relegated to niche status on the [[Creator/{{ESPN}} ESPN+]] streaming service and one game per week and the Grey Cup on the main ESPN channels[[/note]], to play an abbreviated season in a central hub city without spectators, but the request was rejected. Also, the CFL's 2020 season cancellation was the first time in over 100 years that the Grey Cup was not contested; the Grey Cup was not contested between 1916 and 1918 due to UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and in 1919 due to a rules dispute among the various organizing bodies for Canadian football and coincidentally UsefulNotes/TheSpanishFlu pandemic.


The 2020 season was outright cancelled due to the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic. The league attempted to secure a C$30 million loan from the federal government, as the CFL is more dependent on gameday revenue than TV broadcast rights in contrast to the other major North American leagues, to play an abbreviated season in a central hub city without spectators, but the request was rejected. Also, the CFL's 2020 season cancellation was the first time in over 100 years that the Grey Cup was not contested; the Grey Cup was not contested between 1916 and 1918 due to UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and in 1919 due to a rules dispute among the various organizing bodies for Canadian football and coincidentally the Spanish flu pandemic.

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The 2020 season was outright cancelled due to the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic. The league attempted to secure a C$30 million loan from the federal government, as the CFL is more dependent on gameday revenue than TV broadcast rights in contrast compared to the other major North American leagues, to play an abbreviated season in a central hub city without spectators, but the request was rejected. Also, the CFL's 2020 season cancellation was the first time in over 100 years that the Grey Cup was not contested; the Grey Cup was not contested between 1916 and 1918 due to UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and in 1919 due to a rules dispute among the various organizing bodies for Canadian football and coincidentally the Spanish flu UsefulNotes/TheSpanishFlu pandemic.


* ''Montreal Alouettes'': AKA the Als. The original franchise was founded in 1946 and folded in 1982, was immediately relaunched with new owners as the Montreal Concordes, restored the Alouettes name in 1986, folded ''again'' after that season, and was later recreated from the ex-Baltimore Stallions in 1996; to simplify record keeping, the original Alouettes, the Concordes, and the current team are considered by the league to be one franchise which was dormant from 1987 to 1995, while the Stallions are considered a separate franchise. Under GM Jim Popp and quarterbacks Tracy Ham & Anthony Calvillo, one of the strongest teams in the league from their 1996 return until the early 2010s. Their historical rival is Ottawa, though when Ottawa's not running, they'll claim Toronto, Edmonton, and/or BC just so they have someone -- though they aren't ''that'' desperate, since they turned down [[UnknownRival an upstart prospective Quebec City team]] that tried to declare them its rivals before even officially trying to join the league. In May 2019, then-team owner Robert Wetenhall sold the Als franchise back to the CFL, citing his advanced age and recent losses both on and off the field; the CFL took over operations of the team as they searched for a new owner. On January 6, 2020, the team was purchased by the owners of Crawford Steel.
* ''Ottawa [=RedBlacks=]'' ("Rouge et Noir" in French): Introduced in 2014, the [=RedBlacks=] are the CFL's third team in Canada's capital city. The first, the Ottawa Rough Riders, was one of the oldest teams in the CFL, founded in 1876 and folded in 1996. The second team, the Renegades, only lasted for a few years before folding (it lasted 2002-2005). The league initially did not recognize the [=RedBlacks=] or the Renegades as a continuation of the Rough Riders; however, the league, as of 2017, now regards the three Ottawa teams as a singular entity for record-keeping. The [=RedBlacks=] own the intellectual property rights of the Rough Riders and honour the 10 numbers retired by their predecessor. With the [[DevelopmentHell issues regarding the redevelopment of Ottawa's football stadium]] and the area around it having been worked out, the way was cleared for the [=RedBlacks=] to return the CFL to Ottawa. The new stadium, TD Place (formerly named Frank Clair Stadium, after an Ottawa Rough Riders legend), at the redeveloped Lansdowne Park, opened with the [=RedBlacks=]' first home game on July 18, 2014; they won against the Toronto Argonauts. After a 2-16 inaugural campaign, the [=RedBlacks=] [[TookALevelInBadass clinched the Eastern Division in only their second year of existence]], marking the first time any club from Ottawa reached the Grey Cup game in over three decades, and would go on to win it all the season after, beating the heavily favoured Calgary Stampeders in overtime with their star quarterback, the aforementioned Henry Burris.

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* ''Montreal Alouettes'': AKA the Als. The original franchise was founded in 1946 and folded in 1982, was immediately relaunched with new owners as the Montreal Concordes, restored the Alouettes name in 1986, folded ''again'' after that season, and was later recreated from the ex-Baltimore Stallions in 1996; to simplify record keeping, the original Alouettes, the Concordes, and the current team are considered by the league to be one franchise which was dormant from 1987 to 1995, while the Stallions are considered a separate franchise. Under GM Jim Popp and quarterbacks Tracy Ham & Anthony Calvillo, one of the strongest teams in the league from their 1996 return until the early 2010s. Their historical rival is Ottawa, though when Ottawa's not running, they'll claim Toronto, Edmonton, and/or BC just so they have someone -- though they aren't ''that'' desperate, since they turned down [[UnknownRival an upstart prospective Quebec City team]] that tried to declare them its rivals before even officially trying to join the league. In May 2019, then-team owner Robert Wetenhall sold the Als franchise back to the CFL, citing his advanced age and recent losses both on and off the field; the CFL took over operations of the team as they searched for a new owner. On January 6, 2020, the team was purchased by the owners of Crawford Steel.
* ''Ottawa [=RedBlacks=]'' ("Rouge et Noir" in French): Introduced in 2014, the [=RedBlacks=] are the CFL's third team in Canada's capital city. The first, the Ottawa Rough Riders, was one of the oldest teams in the CFL, founded in 1876 and folded in 1996. The second team, the Renegades, only lasted for a few years before folding (it lasted 2002-2005). The league initially did not recognize the [=RedBlacks=] or the Renegades as a continuation of the Rough Riders; however, the league, as of 2017, now regards the three Ottawa teams as a singular entity for record-keeping. record-keeping with two periods of inactivity (from 1997 to 2001 and from 2006 to 2013). The [=RedBlacks=] own the intellectual property rights of the Rough Riders (although the Sask Riders vetoed reviving the old team's identity) and honour the 10 numbers retired by their predecessor. With the [[DevelopmentHell issues regarding the redevelopment of Ottawa's football stadium]] and the area around it having been worked out, the way was cleared for the [=RedBlacks=] to return the CFL to Ottawa. The new stadium, TD Place (formerly named Frank Clair Stadium, after an Ottawa Rough Riders legend), at the redeveloped Lansdowne Park, opened with the [=RedBlacks=]' first home game on July 18, 2014; they won against the Toronto Argonauts. After a 2-16 inaugural campaign, the [=RedBlacks=] [[TookALevelInBadass clinched the Eastern Division in only their second year of existence]], marking the first time any club from Ottawa reached the Grey Cup game in over three decades, and would go on to win it all the season after, beating the heavily favoured Calgary Stampeders in overtime with their star quarterback, the aforementioned Henry Burris.
* ''Montreal Alouettes'': AKA the Als. The original franchise was founded in 1946 and folded in 1982, was immediately relaunched with new owners as the Montreal Concordes, restored the Alouettes name in 1986, folded ''again'' after that season, and was later recreated from the ex-Baltimore Stallions in 1996; to simplify record keeping, the original Alouettes, the Concordes, and the current team are considered by the league to be one continuous franchise which was dormant from 1987 to 1995, while the Stallions are considered a separate franchise. Under GM Jim Popp and quarterbacks Tracy Ham & Anthony Calvillo, one of the strongest teams in the league from their 1996 return until the early 2010s. Their historical rival is Ottawa, though when Ottawa's not running, they'll claim Toronto, Edmonton, and/or BC just so they have someone -- though they aren't ''that'' desperate, since they turned down [[UnknownRival an upstart prospective Quebec City team]] that tried to declare them its rivals before even officially trying to join the league. In May 2019, then-team owner Robert Wetenhall sold the Als franchise back to the CFL, citing his advanced age and recent losses both on and off the field; the CFL took over operations of the team as they searched for a new owner. On January 6, 2020, the team was purchased by the owners of Crawford Steel.




* ''Baltimore Stallions'': FKA the CFL Colts and Baltimore Football Club. By far the most successful of the CFL USA teams, going 27-9 overall and reaching the Grey Cup in both the 1994 & 1995 seasons, winning in 1995, the only time (to date) the Grey Cup went south of the Canadian border. The team averaged over 30,000 fans a game throughout their run, and knew to sign CFL veterans on their roster and staff, including Hall of Famers Tracy Ham, Mike Pringle, Elfrid Payton, and coach Don Matthews. The team was sued by the NFL to keep them from going by the name "Baltimore CFL Colts", although this didn't stop Baltimore fans from using the Colts name (the PA announcer would give a pause after "Your Baltimore CFL" to allow the crowd to shout "Colts!" before finishing with "... football team"). By the start of the 1995 season, the team had settled on "Baltimore Stallions". While the American experiment ended in 1995, the Stallions were a strong enough franchise that they might have stayed, had Art Modell not been about to bring the Ravens to town. The news of an NFL team coming to town caused local media to virtually forget their excellent CFL team even existed. Given that Baltimore didn't have another stadium available to move into (the CFL and NFL seasons overlap) and they wouldn't be able to compete with the Ravens for fan support, the team was moved to Montreal as a revival of the Alouettes.

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* ''Baltimore Stallions'': FKA the CFL Colts and Baltimore Football Club. By far the most successful of the CFL USA teams, going 27-9 overall and reaching the Grey Cup in both the 1994 & 1995 seasons, winning in 1995, the only time (to date) the Grey Cup went south of the Canadian border. The team averaged over 30,000 fans a game throughout their run, and knew to sign CFL veterans on their roster and staff, including Hall of Famers Tracy Ham, Mike Pringle, Elfrid Payton, and coach Don Matthews. The team was sued by the NFL to keep them from going by the name "Baltimore CFL Colts", although this didn't stop Baltimore fans from using the Colts name (the PA announcer would give a pause after "Your Baltimore CFL" to allow the crowd to shout "Colts!" before finishing with "... football team"). By the start of the 1995 season, the team had settled on "Baltimore Stallions". While the American experiment ended in 1995, the Stallions were a strong enough franchise that they might have stayed, had Art Modell not been about to bring the Ravens to town. The news of an NFL team coming to town caused local media to virtually forget their excellent CFL team even existed. Given that Baltimore didn't have another stadium available to move into (the CFL and NFL seasons overlap) and they wouldn't be able to compete with the Ravens for fan support, the team was moved to Montreal as a revival of the Alouettes.
Alouettes; before moving to Montreal, the team had seriously considered moving to Houston to fill the void left by the soon-to-be departing Oilers, whose attendance and popularity was tanking when Bud Adams made the announcement of the Oilers' relocation to Tennessee, but the CFL felt that staying in America was a lost cause.


The 2020 season was outright cancelled due to the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic. As the CFL is more dependent on gameday revenue than the NHL and especially the NFL, the league and its teams could not afford to play a season without spectators. Also, the CFL's 2020 season cancellation was the first time in over 100 years that the Grey Cup was not contested; the Grey Cup was not contested between 1916 and 1918 due to UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and in 1919 due to a rules dispute.

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The 2020 season was outright cancelled due to the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic. As The league attempted to secure a C$30 million loan from the federal government, as the CFL is more dependent on gameday revenue than TV broadcast rights in contrast to the NHL and especially the NFL, the league and its teams could not afford other major North American leagues, to play a an abbreviated season in a central hub city without spectators. spectators, but the request was rejected. Also, the CFL's 2020 season cancellation was the first time in over 100 years that the Grey Cup was not contested; the Grey Cup was not contested between 1916 and 1918 due to UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and in 1919 due to a rules dispute.
dispute among the various organizing bodies for Canadian football and coincidentally the Spanish flu pandemic.


As of the recently completed 2019 CFL season, as the 2020 season was cancelled outright due to the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic, the roster of CFL teams consists of:

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As of the recently completed 2019 CFL season, as the The 2020 season was outright cancelled outright due to the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic, UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic. As the CFL is more dependent on gameday revenue than the NHL and especially the NFL, the league and its teams could not afford to play a season without spectators. Also, the CFL's 2020 season cancellation was the first time in over 100 years that the Grey Cup was not contested; the Grey Cup was not contested between 1916 and 1918 due to UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and in 1919 due to a rules dispute.

As of the upcoming 2021 CFL season,
the roster of CFL teams consists of:



* ''BC Lions'': AKA the Leos. Created in 1954 and based out of Vancouver. It has long had to compete with hockey for fans' attention and lost miserably on this front, but events starting in the late 2000s have given it a large insurgence of viewers. No inherent major rival, since the other four teams of the Western Division are all preoccupied with each other (even during years when Winnipeg's in the East). However, it takes the place of Montreal's "rival" in rivalry matchups when Ottawa's on hiatus or otherwise preoccupied. Despite being left out of much of the major drama this way and overshadowed by hockey, BC has made a lot of accomplishments, like being the first Western team to win a Grey Cup in their own stadium (and the ''only'' one until 2013) and the only Canadian team to beat a US team -- fan favourite Baltimore -- in the Grey Cup during the American experiment. Since the Argos' 2016 move to BMO Field, the Lions are the only CFL team to regularly play in a fixed or retractable roof stadium, since the Als as of late only use Stade Olympique to host the Grey Cup.

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* ''BC Lions'': AKA the Leos. Created in 1954 and based out of Vancouver. It has long had to compete with hockey for fans' attention and lost miserably on this front, but events starting in the late 2000s have given it a large insurgence of viewers. No inherent major rival, since the other four teams of the Western Division are all preoccupied with each other (even during years when Winnipeg's in the East). However, it takes the place of Montreal's "rival" in rivalry matchups when Ottawa's on hiatus or otherwise preoccupied. Despite being left out of much of the major drama this way and overshadowed by hockey, BC has made a lot of accomplishments, like being the first Western team to win a Grey Cup in their own stadium (and the ''only'' one until 2013) and the only Canadian team to beat a US team -- fan favourite Baltimore -- in the Grey Cup during the American experiment. Since the Argos' 2016 move to BMO Field, the Lions are the only CFL team to regularly play in a fixed or retractable roof stadium, since the Als as of late only use Stade Olympique to host the Grey Cup.stadium.



* ''Edmonton Football Team'': Formerly the Eskimos (and originally the [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Esquimaux]]). Founded in 1949. Though Toronto has the most Grey Cup wins of the overall history of the league, Edmonton has the most Grey Cup wins of the league in its current incarnation, and is thus a very popular team. Continuing the "Battle of Alberta" tradition made famous by the NHL, its main rival is Calgary. Similar to the former Washington Redskins (now currently known as the Washington Football Team), the Esks had drawn controversy over their politically incorrect name, and on July 21, 2020, the team announced that they would [[https://www.cfl.ca/2020/07/21/edmonton-football-team-discontinues-use-name-eskimos/ discontinue the use of the "Eskimos" name]], although unlike Washington, Edmonton continues to use its "double-E" logo, and in February 2021, the team announced it was seeking fan input for a new name; the candidates for the new name include Elk, Evergreens, Evergolds, Eclipse, Elkhounds, Eagles and Elements.

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* ''Edmonton Football Team'': Formerly the Eskimos (and originally the [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Esquimaux]]). Founded in 1949. Though Toronto has the most Grey Cup wins of the overall history of the league, Canadian football, Edmonton has the most Grey Cup wins of in the league in its current incarnation, modern era, and is thus a very popular team. Continuing the "Battle of Alberta" tradition made famous by the NHL, its main rival is Calgary. Similar to the former Washington Redskins (now currently known as the Washington Football Team), the Esks had drawn controversy over their politically incorrect name, and on July 21, 2020, the team announced that they would [[https://www.cfl.ca/2020/07/21/edmonton-football-team-discontinues-use-name-eskimos/ discontinue the use of the "Eskimos" name]], although unlike Washington, Edmonton continues to use its "double-E" logo, and in February 2021, the team announced it was seeking fan input for a new name; the candidates for the new name include Elk, Evergreens, Evergolds, Eclipse, Elkhounds, Eagles and Elements.


* ''Edmonton Football Team'': Formerly the Eskimos (and originally the [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Esquimaux]]). Founded in 1949. Though Toronto has the most Grey Cup wins of the overall history of the league, Edmonton has the most Grey Cup wins of the league in its current incarnation, and is thus a very popular team. Continuing the "Battle of Alberta" tradition made famous by the NHL, its main rival is Calgary. Similar to the Washington NFL team formerly known as the Redskins, the Esks had drawn controversy over their politically incorrect name, and on July 21, 2020, the team announced that they would [[https://www.cfl.ca/2020/07/21/edmonton-football-team-discontinues-use-name-eskimos/ discontinue the use of the "Eskimos" name]], although, unlike the Washington NFL team, the Edmonton CFL team will continue to use its "EE" logo for the time being.

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* ''Edmonton Football Team'': Formerly the Eskimos (and originally the [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Esquimaux]]). Founded in 1949. Though Toronto has the most Grey Cup wins of the overall history of the league, Edmonton has the most Grey Cup wins of the league in its current incarnation, and is thus a very popular team. Continuing the "Battle of Alberta" tradition made famous by the NHL, its main rival is Calgary. Similar to the former Washington NFL team formerly Redskins (now currently known as the Redskins, Washington Football Team), the Esks had drawn controversy over their politically incorrect name, and on July 21, 2020, the team announced that they would [[https://www.cfl.ca/2020/07/21/edmonton-football-team-discontinues-use-name-eskimos/ discontinue the use of the "Eskimos" name]], although, although unlike the Washington NFL team, the Washington, Edmonton CFL team will continue continues to use its "EE" logo "double-E" logo, and in February 2021, the team announced it was seeking fan input for a new name; the candidates for the time being.new name include Elk, Evergreens, Evergolds, Eclipse, Elkhounds, Eagles and Elements.



In recent years, especially after the success of the Ottawa [=RedBlacks=], the CFL has explored the idea of adding a tenth team to the league. One-off games have been played in Quebec City, Quebec; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Moncton, New Brunswick and all were well attended. An attempt was actually made back in 2009 to start up a team in Quebec City (the largest metro area in Canada without a CFL team, being slightly more populous than either Winnipeg or Hamilton, and Quebec's provincial population is large enough to support another team on paper), but the management of the Montreal Alouettes replied that any attempt to form another Quebec team would need to go through them and nothing has been heard since.

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In recent years, especially after the success of the Ottawa [=RedBlacks=], the CFL has explored the idea of adding a tenth team to the league.league, bring both divisions to five teams a piece. One-off games have been played in Quebec City, Quebec; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Moncton, New Brunswick and all were well attended. An attempt was actually made back in 2009 to start up a team in Quebec City (the City, the largest metro metropolitan area in Canada without a CFL team, being slightly more populous than either Winnipeg or Hamilton, and Quebec's provincial population is large enough to support another team on paper), but the management of the Montreal Alouettes replied that any attempt to form another Quebec team would need to go through them and nothing has been heard since.



West of Montreal, other locations often rumoured for CFL expansion include Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; London, Ontario; Windsor, Ontario; and Victoria, British Columbia. The Regina-based Roughriders argue that Saskatchewan, with a provincial population just barely above one million, is not populous enough to support a team in Saskatoon. For London and Windsor, the Argos, Ti-Cats, and [=RedBlacks=] would likely object to a fourth team in Southern Ontario. Also, Windsor is on the Canada[=/=]US border next to UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}, and a Windsor CFL team would almost certainly be overshadowed by the NFL's Lions and the [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball Big Ten's]] [[UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan Michigan Wolverines]] and Michigan State Spartans; some past proposals for a Windsor CFL team would have put the team in the Lions' former home of the Pontiac Silverdome at least for playoff games, before the stadium was effectively abandoned in 2013 and was ultimately demolished in 2018. Victoria is unlikely to land a CFL team due to its relative isolation from mainland Canada on Vancouver Island and much like the Als for Quebec and the Riders for Saskatchewan, the Vancouver-based BC Lions would likely claim territorial rights on the entire province. Aside from Victoria's close proximity to Vancouver, the BC capital is also relatively close to UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} and the NFL's Seahawks and Pac-12's Washington Huskies.

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West of Montreal, other locations often rumoured for CFL expansion include Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; London, Ontario; Windsor, Ontario; and Victoria, British Columbia. The Regina-based Roughriders argue that Saskatchewan, with a provincial population just barely above one million, is not populous enough to support a team in Saskatoon. For London and Windsor, the Argos, Ti-Cats, and [=RedBlacks=] would likely object to a fourth team in Southern Ontario. Also, Windsor is on the Canada[=/=]US border next to UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}, and a Windsor CFL team would almost certainly be overshadowed by the NFL's Lions and the [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball Big Ten's]] [[UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan Michigan Wolverines]] and Michigan State Spartans; some past proposals for a Windsor CFL team would have put the team in the Lions' former home of the Pontiac Silverdome at least for playoff games, before the stadium was effectively abandoned and left to deteriorate in 2013 and was ultimately demolished in 2018. Victoria is unlikely to land a CFL team due to its relative isolation from mainland Canada on Vancouver Island and much like the Als for Quebec and the Riders for Saskatchewan, the Vancouver-based BC Lions would likely claim territorial rights on the entire province. Aside from Victoria's close proximity to Vancouver, the BC capital is also relatively close to UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} and the NFL's Seahawks and Pac-12's Washington Huskies.


The Grey Cup game is a major annual event in Canada, and the Grey Cup trophy is considered to be a major symbol of Canadian sport, although it's not as well known as UsefulNotes/TheStanleyCup by non-Canadians. Like its hockey counterpart, the Grey Cup is named for a British nobleman who served as [[UsefulNotes/CanadianPolitics Canada's Governor General]][[note]]In case you're wondering, this is not the same Earl Grey who became associated with the tea: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Grey,_2nd_Earl_Grey Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey]] lent the name to the tea whereas the cup is named after his grandson, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Grey,_4th_Earl_Grey Albert Grey, 4th Earl Grey]].[[/note]] and was originally commissioned as an amateur trophy; however, it became solely contested by the CFL's predecessor leagues[[note]]The Interprovincial Rugby Football Union, which became the East Division, and the Western Interprovincial Football Union, which became the West Division[[/note]] by 1954, is reused every year, the name of winning players, coaches, and executives are engraved upon it, and the players get to spend a day with the Grey Cup. Similar to the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl, the Grey Cup game is hosted at a predetermined site every year; however, with six teams out of nine in the playoffs, it is not uncommon for a team to play for the Grey Cup in their own stadium[[note]]However, whenever Montreal hosts the game, it is held in the larger Stade Olympique rather than the Alouettes' regular home of Stade Molson.[[/note]] - this is in marked contrast to the NFL which had not seen a team compete in the Super Bowl in its own stadium until the 55th edition, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers competed as the NFC Champion, and often sees teams whose stadium hosts the game not even make the playoffs.

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The Grey Cup game is a major annual event in Canada, and the Grey Cup trophy is considered to be a major symbol of Canadian sport, although it's not as well known as UsefulNotes/TheStanleyCup by non-Canadians. Like its hockey counterpart, the Grey Cup is named for a British nobleman who served as [[UsefulNotes/CanadianPolitics Canada's Governor General]][[note]]In case you're wondering, this is not the same Earl Grey who became associated with the tea: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Grey,_2nd_Earl_Grey Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey]] lent the name to the tea whereas the cup is named after his grandson, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Grey,_4th_Earl_Grey Albert Grey, 4th Earl Grey]].[[/note]] and was originally commissioned as an amateur trophy; however, it became solely contested by the CFL's predecessor leagues[[note]]The Interprovincial Rugby Football Union, which became the East Division, and the Western Interprovincial Football Union, which became the West Division[[/note]] by 1954, is reused every year, the name of winning players, coaches, and executives are engraved upon it, and the players get to spend a day with the Grey Cup. Similar to the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl, the Grey Cup game is hosted at a predetermined nominally neutral site every year; however, with six teams out of nine in the playoffs, it is not uncommon for a team to play for the Grey Cup in their own stadium[[note]]However, whenever stadium.[[note]]However, when Montreal hosts last hosted the game, Grey Cup in 2008, it is was held in the larger Stade Olympique rather than the Alouettes' regular home of Stade Molson.[[/note]] - this Molson[[/note]] This is in marked contrast to the NFL NFL, which had not seen a team compete in the Super Bowl in its own stadium until the 55th edition, where Super Bowl LV (hosted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers competed as the NFC Champion, Buccaneers) and often sees teams whose stadium hosts the game not even make the playoffs.
playoffs; in the rare instances where the Super Bowl host ''does'' make it to the postseason, they are more often than not an early out.



West of Montreal, other locations often rumoured for CFL expansion include Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; London, Ontario; Windsor, Ontario; and Victoria, British Columbia. The Regina-based Roughriders argue that Saskatchewan, with a provincial population just barely above one million, is not populous enough to support a team in Saskatoon. For London and Windsor, the Argos, Ti-Cats, and [=RedBlacks=] would likely object to a fourth team in Southern Ontario. Also, Windsor is on the Canada[=/=]US border next to UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}, and a Windsor CFL team would almost certainly be overshadowed by the NFL's Lions and the [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball Big Ten's]] [[UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan Michigan Wolverines]] and Michigan State Spartans; some past proposals for a Windsor CFL team would have put the team in the Lions' former home of the Pontiac Silverdome at least for playoff games (before the stadium fell into serious neglect in 2013 and was ultimately demolished in 2018). Victoria is unlikely to land a CFL team due to its relative isolation from mainland Canada on Vancouver Island and much like the Als for Quebec and the Riders for Saskatchewan, the Vancouver-based BC Lions would likely claim territorial rights on the entire province. There is also Victoria's close proximity to UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} and the NFL's Seahawks and Pac-12's Washington Huskies.

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West of Montreal, other locations often rumoured for CFL expansion include Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; London, Ontario; Windsor, Ontario; and Victoria, British Columbia. The Regina-based Roughriders argue that Saskatchewan, with a provincial population just barely above one million, is not populous enough to support a team in Saskatoon. For London and Windsor, the Argos, Ti-Cats, and [=RedBlacks=] would likely object to a fourth team in Southern Ontario. Also, Windsor is on the Canada[=/=]US border next to UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}, and a Windsor CFL team would almost certainly be overshadowed by the NFL's Lions and the [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball Big Ten's]] [[UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan Michigan Wolverines]] and Michigan State Spartans; some past proposals for a Windsor CFL team would have put the team in the Lions' former home of the Pontiac Silverdome at least for playoff games (before games, before the stadium fell into serious neglect was effectively abandoned in 2013 and was ultimately demolished in 2018).2018. Victoria is unlikely to land a CFL team due to its relative isolation from mainland Canada on Vancouver Island and much like the Als for Quebec and the Riders for Saskatchewan, the Vancouver-based BC Lions would likely claim territorial rights on the entire province. There is also Aside from Victoria's close proximity to Vancouver, the BC capital is also relatively close to UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} and the NFL's Seahawks and Pac-12's Washington Huskies.


The Grey Cup game is a major annual event in Canada, and the Grey Cup trophy is considered to be a major symbol of Canadian sport, although it's not as well known as UsefulNotes/TheStanleyCup by non-Canadians. Like its hockey counterpart, the Grey Cup is named for a British nobleman who served as [[UsefulNotes/CanadianPolitics Canada's Governor General]][[note]]In case you're wondering, this is not the same Earl Grey who became associated with the tea: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Grey,_2nd_Earl_Grey Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey]] lent the name to the tea whereas the cup is named after his grandson, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Grey,_4th_Earl_Grey Albert Grey, 4th Earl Grey]].[[/note]] and was originally commissioned as an amateur trophy; however, it became solely contested by the CFL's predecessor leagues[[note]]The Interprovincial Rugby Football Union, which became the East Division, and the Western Interprovincial Football Union, which became the West Division[[/note]] by 1954, is reused every year, the name of winning players, coaches, and executives are engraved upon it, and the players get to spend a day with the Grey Cup. Similar to the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl, the Grey Cup game is hosted at a predetermined site every year; however, with six teams out of nine in the playoffs, it is not uncommon for a team to play for the Grey Cup in their own stadium[[note]]However, whenever Montreal hosts the game, it is held in the larger Stade Olympique rather than the Alouettes' regular home of Stade Molson.[[/note]] - this is in marked contrast to the NFL which has not seen a team compete in the Super Bowl in its own stadium in 54 editions[[note]]To date, the Minnesota Vikings, host team of Super Bowl LII, has come the closest, falling short in the 2017 NFC championship game. Two teams, the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers, have played in the Super Bowl within their designated home market (XIV for Los Angeles, XIX for San Francisco); however, the respective Super Bowls were played at different venues (Rose Bowl rather than the LA Coliseum for XIV; Stanford Stadium rather than Candlestick Park for XIX).[[/note]] and often sees teams whose stadium hosts the game not even make the playoffs.

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The Grey Cup game is a major annual event in Canada, and the Grey Cup trophy is considered to be a major symbol of Canadian sport, although it's not as well known as UsefulNotes/TheStanleyCup by non-Canadians. Like its hockey counterpart, the Grey Cup is named for a British nobleman who served as [[UsefulNotes/CanadianPolitics Canada's Governor General]][[note]]In case you're wondering, this is not the same Earl Grey who became associated with the tea: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Grey,_2nd_Earl_Grey Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey]] lent the name to the tea whereas the cup is named after his grandson, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Grey,_4th_Earl_Grey Albert Grey, 4th Earl Grey]].[[/note]] and was originally commissioned as an amateur trophy; however, it became solely contested by the CFL's predecessor leagues[[note]]The Interprovincial Rugby Football Union, which became the East Division, and the Western Interprovincial Football Union, which became the West Division[[/note]] by 1954, is reused every year, the name of winning players, coaches, and executives are engraved upon it, and the players get to spend a day with the Grey Cup. Similar to the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl, the Grey Cup game is hosted at a predetermined site every year; however, with six teams out of nine in the playoffs, it is not uncommon for a team to play for the Grey Cup in their own stadium[[note]]However, whenever Montreal hosts the game, it is held in the larger Stade Olympique rather than the Alouettes' regular home of Stade Molson.[[/note]] - this is in marked contrast to the NFL which has had not seen a team compete in the Super Bowl in its own stadium in 54 editions[[note]]To date, until the Minnesota Vikings, host team of Super Bowl LII, has come 55th edition, where the closest, falling short in Tampa Bay Buccaneers competed as the 2017 NFC championship game. Two teams, the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers, have played in the Super Bowl within their designated home market (XIV for Los Angeles, XIX for San Francisco); however, the respective Super Bowls were played at different venues (Rose Bowl rather than the LA Coliseum for XIV; Stanford Stadium rather than Candlestick Park for XIX).[[/note]] Champion, and often sees teams whose stadium hosts the game not even make the playoffs.


The Grey Cup game is a major annual event in Canada, and the Grey Cup trophy is considered to be a major symbol of Canadian sport, although it's not as well known as UsefulNotes/TheStanleyCup by non-Canadians. Like its hockey counterpart, the Grey Cup is named for a British nobleman who served as [[UsefulNotes/CanadianPolitics Canada's Governor General]][[note]]In case you're wondering, this is not the same Earl Grey who became associated with the tea: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Grey,_2nd_Earl_Grey Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey]] lent the name to the tea whereas the cup is named after his grandson, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Grey,_4th_Earl_Grey Albert Grey, 4th Earl Grey]].[[/note]] and was originally commissioned as an amateur trophy; however, it became solely contested by the CFL's predecessor leagues[[note]]The Interprovincial Rugby Football Union, which became the East Division, and the Western Interprovincial Football Union, which became the West Division[[/note]] by 1954, is reused every year, the name of winning players, coaches, and executives are engraved upon it, and the players get to spend a day with the Grey Cup. Similar to the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl, the Grey Cup game is hosted at a predetermined site every year; however, with six teams out of nine in the playoffs, it is not uncommon for a team to play for the Grey Cup in their own stadium[[note]]However, whenever Montreal hosts the game, it is held in Stade Olympique rather than the Alouettes' regular home of Stade Molson. The 2020 Grey Cup, originally scheduled to be played at Regina's Mosaic Stadium, will be instead moved to the team with the better regular season record, should the game be played, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[[/note]] - this is in marked contrast to the NFL which has not seen a team compete in the Super Bowl in its own stadium in 54 editions[[note]]To date, the Minnesota Vikings, host team of Super Bowl LII, has come the closest, falling short in the 2017 NFC championship game. Two teams, the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers, have played in the Super Bowl within their designated home market (XIV for Los Angeles, XIX for San Francisco); however, the respective Super Bowls were played at different venues (Rose Bowl rather than the LA Coliseum for XIV; Stanford Stadium rather than Candlestick Park for XIX).[[/note]] and often sees teams whose stadium hosts the game not even make the playoffs.

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The Grey Cup game is a major annual event in Canada, and the Grey Cup trophy is considered to be a major symbol of Canadian sport, although it's not as well known as UsefulNotes/TheStanleyCup by non-Canadians. Like its hockey counterpart, the Grey Cup is named for a British nobleman who served as [[UsefulNotes/CanadianPolitics Canada's Governor General]][[note]]In case you're wondering, this is not the same Earl Grey who became associated with the tea: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Grey,_2nd_Earl_Grey Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey]] lent the name to the tea whereas the cup is named after his grandson, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Grey,_4th_Earl_Grey Albert Grey, 4th Earl Grey]].[[/note]] and was originally commissioned as an amateur trophy; however, it became solely contested by the CFL's predecessor leagues[[note]]The Interprovincial Rugby Football Union, which became the East Division, and the Western Interprovincial Football Union, which became the West Division[[/note]] by 1954, is reused every year, the name of winning players, coaches, and executives are engraved upon it, and the players get to spend a day with the Grey Cup. Similar to the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl, the Grey Cup game is hosted at a predetermined site every year; however, with six teams out of nine in the playoffs, it is not uncommon for a team to play for the Grey Cup in their own stadium[[note]]However, whenever Montreal hosts the game, it is held in the larger Stade Olympique rather than the Alouettes' regular home of Stade Molson. The 2020 Grey Cup, originally scheduled to be played at Regina's Mosaic Stadium, will be instead moved to the team with the better regular season record, should the game be played, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Molson.[[/note]] - this is in marked contrast to the NFL which has not seen a team compete in the Super Bowl in its own stadium in 54 editions[[note]]To date, the Minnesota Vikings, host team of Super Bowl LII, has come the closest, falling short in the 2017 NFC championship game. Two teams, the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers, have played in the Super Bowl within their designated home market (XIV for Los Angeles, XIX for San Francisco); however, the respective Super Bowls were played at different venues (Rose Bowl rather than the LA Coliseum for XIV; Stanford Stadium rather than Candlestick Park for XIX).[[/note]] and often sees teams whose stadium hosts the game not even make the playoffs.



As of the upcoming 2020 CFL season, the roster of CFL teams consists of:

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As of the upcoming 2020 recently completed 2019 CFL season, as the 2020 season was cancelled outright due to the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic, the roster of CFL teams consists of:


* ''Edmonton Football Team'': Formerly the Eskimos (and originally the [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Esquimaux]]). Founded in 1949. Though Toronto has the most Grey Cup wins of the overall history of the league, Edmonton has the most Grey Cup wins of the league in its current incarnation, and is thus a very popular team. Continuing the "Battle of Alberta" tradition made famous by the NHL, its main rival is Calgary. Similar to the Washington NFL team formerly known as the Redskins, the Esks had drawn controversy over their politically incorrect name, and on July 21, 2020, the team announced that they would [[https://www.cfl.ca/2020/07/21/edmonton-football-team-discontinues-use-name-eskimos/ discontinue the use of the "Eskimos" name]].

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* ''Edmonton Football Team'': Formerly the Eskimos (and originally the [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Esquimaux]]). Founded in 1949. Though Toronto has the most Grey Cup wins of the overall history of the league, Edmonton has the most Grey Cup wins of the league in its current incarnation, and is thus a very popular team. Continuing the "Battle of Alberta" tradition made famous by the NHL, its main rival is Calgary. Similar to the Washington NFL team formerly known as the Redskins, the Esks had drawn controversy over their politically incorrect name, and on July 21, 2020, the team announced that they would [[https://www.cfl.ca/2020/07/21/edmonton-football-team-discontinues-use-name-eskimos/ discontinue the use of the "Eskimos" name]].name]], although, unlike the Washington NFL team, the Edmonton CFL team will continue to use its "EE" logo for the time being.



* ''Hamilton Tiger-Cats'': AKA the Ti-Cats. Created in 1950 from a merger of two teams. Throughout the twentieth century, either Hamilton or one of the two teams it had been before the merger won the Grey Cup at least once per decade. Its rival is Toronto, being from the same province; Hamilton largely sustains the rivalry with an image of [[SlobsVersusSnobs the working-class Hamilton people standing up to the stuck-up big-city upper class]]. Their stadium (Tim Hortons Field, which opened in 2014 on the site of the Ti-Cats' former Ivor Wynne Stadium) is notable for being smack in the middle of a residential neighborhood, giving home games a feel similar to a block party. The Ti-Cats hold the dubious distinction of being the only CFL team not to win the Grey Cup in the 21st century, last winning the Cup in 1999. They also have not hosted the Grey Cup game since 1996; however, the Ti-Cats are scheduled to host the 2021 Grey Cup.

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* ''Hamilton Tiger-Cats'': AKA the Ti-Cats. Created in 1950 from a merger of two teams. Throughout the twentieth century, either Hamilton or one of the two teams it had been before the merger won the Grey Cup at least once per decade. Its rival is Toronto, being from the same province; Hamilton largely sustains the rivalry with an image of [[SlobsVersusSnobs the working-class Hamilton people standing up to the stuck-up big-city upper class]]. Their stadium (Tim Hortons Field, which opened in 2014 on the site of the Ti-Cats' former Ivor Wynne Stadium) is notable for being smack in the middle of a residential neighborhood, giving home games a feel similar to a block party. The Ti-Cats hold the dubious distinction of being the only active CFL team not to win the Grey Cup in the 21st century, last winning the Cup in 1999.1999; Winnipeg formerly held the longest Grey Cup drought, breaking their three decade long drought against the Ti-Cats. They also have not hosted the Grey Cup game since 1996; however, the Ti-Cats are scheduled to host the 2021 Grey Cup.


* ''Edmonton Eskimos'': AKA the Esks (and originally the [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Esquimaux]]). Founded in 1949. Though Toronto has the most Grey Cup wins of the overall history of the league, Edmonton has the most Grey Cup wins of the league in its current incarnation, and is thus a very popular team. Continuing the "Battle of Alberta" tradition made famous by the NHL, its main rival is Calgary. Similar to the Washington Redskins, the Esks have drawn controversy over their [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment politically incorrect name]].
* ''Saskatchewan Roughriders'': AKA the Riders. Founded in 1910 and based in Regina, Saskatchewan's provincial capital. Not usually a successful team (it took the team over a half-century since their founding to clench their first Grey Cup), though there have been seasonal exceptions, the Riders are nevertheless known for their ''absolutely devoted fans'', to the point of being called the Canadian counterpart of the Green Bay Packers.[[note]]Much like the Packers, the Roughriders play in their league's smallest market and are a community-owned team. The teams' fanbases even share an affinity for unusual headgear: a good number of Packers fans wear foam blocks shaped like cheese wedges, while some Riders fans wear actual hollowed-out watermelons.[[/note]] Their major rival is Winnipeg, (often) crossing division lines, especially after an incident in which a Winnipeg player recalled a provincial stereotype in an interview and referred to the Saskatchewan population as "banjo-pickin' inbreds"[[note]]After the media took an interest, he [[BackhandedApology apologised for incorrectly implying most Saskatchewaners know the banjo.]][[/note]]. However, much like Toronto, they also hate nearly every other team in the league for some grudge or another. For many years, the Riders were one of two similarly-named teams in the CFL. From the 1950s (when Canada's Eastern and Western leagues merged into the modern CFL) through 1996, the 'Riders co-existed with the Ottawa Rough Riders.

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* ''Edmonton Eskimos'': AKA Football Team'': Formerly the Esks Eskimos (and originally the [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Esquimaux]]). Founded in 1949. Though Toronto has the most Grey Cup wins of the overall history of the league, Edmonton has the most Grey Cup wins of the league in its current incarnation, and is thus a very popular team. Continuing the "Battle of Alberta" tradition made famous by the NHL, its main rival is Calgary. Similar to the Washington NFL team formerly known as the Redskins, the Esks have had drawn controversy over their [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment politically incorrect name, and on July 21, 2020, the team announced that they would [[https://www.cfl.ca/2020/07/21/edmonton-football-team-discontinues-use-name-eskimos/ discontinue the use of the "Eskimos" name]].
* ''Saskatchewan Roughriders'': AKA the Riders. Founded in 1910 and based in Regina, Saskatchewan's provincial capital. Not usually a successful team (it team, as it took the team over a half-century since their founding to clench their first Grey Cup), Cup, though there have been seasonal exceptions, the Riders are nevertheless known for their ''absolutely devoted fans'', to the point of being called the Canadian counterpart of the Green Bay Packers.[[note]]Much like the Packers, the Roughriders play in their league's smallest market and are a community-owned team. The teams' fanbases even share an affinity for unusual headgear: a good number of Packers fans wear foam blocks shaped like cheese wedges, while some Riders fans wear actual hollowed-out watermelons.[[/note]] Their major rival is Winnipeg, (often) crossing division lines, especially after an incident in which a Winnipeg player recalled a provincial stereotype in an interview and referred to the Saskatchewan population as "banjo-pickin' inbreds"[[note]]After the media took an interest, he [[BackhandedApology apologised for incorrectly implying most Saskatchewaners know the banjo.]][[/note]]. However, much like Toronto, they also hate nearly every other team in the league for some grudge or another. For many years, the Riders were one of two similarly-named teams in the CFL. From the 1950s (when Canada's Eastern and Western leagues merged into the modern CFL) through 1996, the 'Riders co-existed with the Ottawa Rough Riders.

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