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The eight-team CFL imposes a league-mandated $4.2 million salary cap for each franchise. The league minimum salary is $41,000 as compensation over a six-month season. This league minimum is scheduled to go up to $45,000 in 2013. As with the UFL, only a handful of players command six-figure salaries. The upside of playing for the CFL is it is a stable league that has been established since 1958. Its former downside, being paid in Canadian dollars, is now a strength due to the fact that the Canadian dollar is stronger than the US dollar. The downside of playing for the CFL is that most contracts are 2 years with a 1 year option. If a player does not have a passport, he will need to get one. Taxes may also pose an issue for the American citizen playing in the CFL. The first $80,000US made abroad is exempt from US taxes; anything above that will be taxed in the US. A common misconception is that Canadian’s taxes are higher, but if the player is making league minimum, he would be taxed at 22% in Canada, whereas in the US he would be taxed at 25%. Another thing an agent has to keep in mind is his client’s position and unique skill. The CFL plays on a much larger field than those in the U.S. A Canadian football game is played on a 110 yard by 65 yard field, compared to an American field which is a 100 yard by 53? yard field. The CFL plays with 12 men on each side, with 1 receiver permitted to go in forward motion at the snap of the ball, similar to a rugby player taking a pitch at full speed. Because of these differences, undersized, smaller players have a greater chance for success in the CFL.
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