|Dates||July 12 – November 6, 1988|
|Start date||November 13, 1988|
|East Champions||Winnipeg Blue Bombers|
|West Champions||BC Lions|
|76th Grey Cup|
|Date||November 27, 1988|
|Site||Lansdowne Park, Ottawa|
|Champions||Winnipeg Blue Bombers|
The 1988 CFL season is considered to be the 35th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 31st Canadian Football League season.
The Canadian Football Network reached an agreement with the CFL to extend its network for two more seasons.
Game rosters were revised to consist of 20-Non Imports, 14-Imports and 2-Quarterbacks. The reserve list was lowered from 4 players to 2 players. In addition, if a team decided to dress 14-Imports, one of those imports had to be designated as a special teams player.
On Monday, December 12, the CFL Board of Governors appointed Roy McMurty as Chairman/Chief Executive Officer and Bill Baker as President/Chief Operating Officer, succeeding Douglas Mitchell as the league's commissioner (both McMurtry and Baker served as the league's de facto co-commissioners for the 1989 season). Their appointments were confirmed on Sunday, January 1, 1989. The CFL Board of Governors also approved the sale of the Toronto Argonauts from Carling O'Keefe Breweries to Harry Ornest.
Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||18||9||9||0||407||458||18|
|Ottawa Rough Riders||18||2||16||0||278||618||4|
Main article: 76th Grey Cup
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were the 1988 Grey Cup champions, defeating the BC Lions 22–21, at Ottawa's Lansdowne Park. This was the first Grey Cup game between two teams from west of Ontario, and the first to be won by a team which had only a .500 season. The Blue Bombers' James Murphy (WR) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Offence and Michael Gray (DT) was named Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Defence, while Bob Cameron (K/P) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.
|November 13: Division Semifinals||November 20: Division Finals||November 27: 76th Grey Cup @ Lansdowne Park – Ottawa, ON|
|E2||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||27|
|E3||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||28||E1||Toronto Argonauts||11|
|E2||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||35||E2||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||22|
|W3||BC Lions||42||W1||Edmonton Eskimos||19|