As the CFL season approaches the midway mark, the league is approving a rule change on coaches challenges.
The league says effective immediately, if a team makes its first coach’s challenge of the game and is not successful, they will lose a timeout. If the challenge is successful, they will keep that timeout.
The move comes as fans grow disgusted with the amount of “frivolous” challenges coaches have been using this season in an attempt to gain an illegal contact or pass interference penalty at what they deem is a crucial spot in the game.
In a statement from the league, Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge says the league is listening to its fans, and while it is unusual to make a rule change in the middle of the season, the league and its teams wanted to respond to fans concerns about the frequency of challenges.