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Canadian Football League
Ligue canadienne de football
Current season or competition:
2014 CFL season
Sport Canadian football
Founded January 17, 1958
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Commissioner Mark Cohon
Motto This Is Our League
Notre Ligue. Notre Football.
Inaugural season 1958
No. of teams 9
Country(ies)  Canada
Most recent champion(s) Calgary Stampeders (7th title)
Most championships Edmonton Eskimos (10)
TV partner(s) TSN
TSN2
RDS
FS1, ESPN, ESPN2 (US)
Official website cfl.ca

The Canadian Football League (CFL) (known as Ligue canadienne de football (LCF) in French) is a professional sports league in Canada. They play Canadian football and are they highest level of competition for the sport. The CFL is the second most popular sports league in Canada after the NHL. There are 9 teams; 4 in the Eastern Division and 5 Western Division. The Grey Cup is the championship for the CFL. The league was founded on January 19, 1958, making it the second oldest professional gridiron football league in North America that still operates.

However, several of its teams played for many years before the modern league was formed. One current team, the Toronto Argonauts, was formed in 1873, and four other teams claim descent from teams that played before 1900.

Teams

Anthony Calvillo game action, 93rd Grey Cup
The 2005 Grey Cup game between the Montreal Alouettes and the Edmonton Eskimos
Team City/Area Stadium Founded (Lineage) Head Coach Owner
East Division
Hamilton Tiger-Cats Hamilton, ON Tim Hortons Field 1950 (1869) Kent Austin Bob Young
Montreal Alouettes Montreal, QC Percival Molson Memorial Stadium1 1994 (1946) Tom Higgins Bob Wetenhall
Ottawa Redblacks Ottawa, ON TD Place Stadium 2014 (1876) Rick Campbell Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group
(Jeff Hunt, chairman)
Toronto Argonauts Toronto, ON BMO Field 1873 Scott Milanovich David Braley
West Division
BC Lions Vancouver, BC BC Place 1954 Mike Benevides David Braley
Calgary Stampeders Calgary, AB McMahon Stadium 1935 (1909) John Hufnagel Calgary Flames LP
(N. Murray Edwards, chairman)
Edmonton Eskimos Edmonton, AB Commonwealth Stadium 1949 (1895) Chris Jones Community owned
Saskatchewan Roughriders Regina, SK Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field 1910 Corey Chamblin Community owned
Winnipeg Blue Bombers Winnipeg, MB Investors Group Field 1930 (1879) Michael O'Shea Community owned

1The Montreal Alouettes play their regular season games at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium and play their playoff games at Olympic Stadium.

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