All owners in the CFL are required to practice good sportsmanship at all times. Sportsmanship is defined as "conduct and attitude considered as befitting participants in sports, especially fair play, courtesy, striving spirit, and grace in losing." American Heritage Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2000).
Some examples of unsportsmanlike conduct that may subject an owner to discipline include: 1) changing a player's position for the sole purpose of lowering his ratings; 2) releasing a highly rated player late in the season to help another team; 3) throwing games; and 4) Backloading contracts
Any free agent asking for 3 or more years MUST be offered a contract for at least 3 years for the duration of the first (pre-draft) 12 stage free agency period. In the second (post-draft) free agency period, any contract may be offered.
Any GM violating this rule will have the player immediately cut (thus penalizing with bonus payment) and will also lose a draft pick at the Commissioner's discretion.