|Dates||July 1 – November 7, 2010|
|Start date||November 14, 2010|
|East Champions||Montreal Alouettes|
|West Champions||Saskatchewan Roughriders|
|98th Grey Cup|
|Date||November 28, 2010|
The 2010 CFL season is the 57th season of modern-day Canadian football. Officially, it is the 53rd Canadian Football League season. Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton hosted the 98th Grey Cup on November 28 when the Montreal Alouettes became the first team to repeat as Grey Cup Champions in 13 years, defeating the Saskatchewan Roughriders, 21–18. The league announced on its Twitter page on January 29, 2010 that the season would start on July 1, 2010. As of 2021 this is the most recent CFL regular season to start in July.
As the league approaches the 100th Grey Cup, the CFL will celebrate the 1970s with all eight teams wearing retro-themed uniforms from that era during Weeks 6 and 7. Since Saskatchewan's alternate jersey is a version of the 1970s home jersey, they were the only team to wear both home and away retro jerseys during these games.
Additionally, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the players donned red and black centennial jerseys that the team wore from 1912 to 1947 on July 17 when they played Edmonton at Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field in Regina.
The CFL will begin a series of annual games in Moncton, New Brunswick during the 2010 season. The first game, marketed under the "Touchdown Atlantic" banner took place on September 26, as the Edmonton Eskimos defeated the Toronto Argonauts, 24–6, in front of a sold out crowd of 20,725 at the new Moncton Stadium. Tickets for the game sold out within 32 hours of going on sale. The success of Touchdown Atlantic 2010 has moved Moncton towards a position of candidate for CFL expansion.
The collective bargaining agreement between the CFL and the CFL Players' Association expires on June 5, 2010. Negotiations between the two parties have been stalled since October 2009; a meeting is scheduled on April 26, 2010 in Toronto. Stu Laird, president of the CFLPA, has sent e-mails to all players. According to Canwest News Service, the e-mails advise the players to remain unified and "It continues to be the opinion of the executive committee that a CFL management lockout of the players is a very real possibility."
On June 29, 2010, two days before the start of the regular season, it was announced that the CFL and CFLPA had agreed to a new 4-year CBA, set to expire before the 2014 CFL season. While many changes were made, the most prominent were those made to the salaries and the introduction of a drug policy. The 2010 team salary cap is set at $4,250,000 with a team salary floor of $3,900,000 and a minimum player salary of $42,000. The salary cap is set to increase $50,000 per season, reaching $4,400,000 by 2013, with the floor being $4,000,000 by that time. The minimum player salary is set to increase by $1000 per season until 2013 where it would be $45,000.
Like in the 2009 CFL season, another fan contest on what rule changes the fans wanted to see was done, this time the fans were asked by Commissioner Mark Cohon to focus on what changes could be made to the overtime format to improve it. While a complete overhaul of the format such as going to a "mini game" of playing two 5 minute no quarter halves or eliminating over time in the regular season, fans endorsed the current overtime format with one significant change. The four rules changes for the season approved by the rules committee, including a change to overtime the fans call on in the contest, are as follows:
Changes to overtime
Changes in regulation
TSN remains the exclusive broadcaster for all CFL games in Canada. In the United States, the CFL ended its longstanding agreement with America One and signed a more limited deal with NFL Network, which will air 14 games for the season (as opposed to the roughly 70 games per year carried by America One). As with America One, NFL Network will simulcast the TSN broadcast. RDS remains the exclusive French broadcaster of the CFL showing all 18 Montreal Alouettes regular season games and all of the CFL Playoffs.
Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points
Teams in bold are currently in playoff positions.
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||18||4||14||0||464||485||8||Details|
|Week||Offensive Player of the Week||Defensive Player of the Week||Special Teams Player of the Week||Outstanding Canadian|
|One||Darian Durant||Joe Lobendahn||Marcus Thigpen||Andy Fantuz|
|Two||Buck Pierce||Brent Hawkins||Chad Owens||Etienne Boulay|
|Three||Kevin Glenn||Maurice Lloyd||Noel Prefontaine||Dave Stala|
|Four||Romby Bryant||John Bowman||Jovon Johnson||Jon Cornish|
|Five||Arland Bruce||Chris Thompson||Luca Congi||Andy Fantuz|
|Six||Cory Boyd||Chip Cox||Tim Maypray||Dave Stala|
|Seven||Chad Owens||Jerrell Freeman||Kelly Campbell||Matt Kirk|
|Eight||Brandon Whitaker||Chip Cox||Jovon Johnson||Andre Durie|
|Nine||Ken-Yon Rambo||James Patrick||Noel Prefontaine||Jon Cornish|
|Ten||Kevin Glenn||Brandon Smith||Markeith Knowlton||Dave Stala|
|Eleven||Henry Burris||Ronald Flemons||Andrew Harris||Jerome Messam|
|Twelve||Andy Fantuz||Markeith Knowlton||Chad Owens||Andy Fantuz|
|Thirteen||Anthony Calvillo||Elliott Richardson||Yonus Davis||Elliott Richardson|
|Fourteen||Henry Burris||Rod Davis||Chad Owens||Andy Fantuz|
|Fifteen||Anthony Calvillo||Anwar Stewart||Colt David||Doug Brown|
|Sixteen||Daniel Porter||Stevie Baggs||Derek Schiavone||Chris Getzlaf|
|Seventeen||Kevin Glenn||Stevie Baggs||Chad Owens||Chris Bauman|
|Eighteen||Anthony Calvillo||Ryan Phillips||Chad Owens||Ian Logan|
|Nineteen||Travis Lulay||Keon Raymond||Justin Palardy||Spencer Watt|
|Twenty||Weston Dressler||Lance Frazier||Paul McCallum||Jason Clermont|
|Month||Offensive Player of the Month||Defensive Player of the Month||Special Teams Player of the Month||Outstanding Canadian|
|July||Anthony Calvillo||John Bowman||Marcus Thigpen||Andy Fantuz|
|August||Cory Boyd||Chip Cox||Yonus Davis||Kevin Eiben|
|September||Darian Durant||Ronald Flemons||Chad Owens||Andy Fantuz|
|October||Henry Burris||Stevie Baggs||Chad Owens||Andy Fantuz|
Main article: 98th Grey Cup
The Montreal Alouettes became the first team to repeat as Grey Cup Champions in 13 years, defeating the Saskatchewan Roughriders, 21–18 at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium. Alouettes' wide receiver Jamel Richardson was named the Grey Cup Most Valuable Player, and Roughriders' defensive tackle, Keith Shologan was named the Grey Cup Most Valuable Canadian.
|November 14: Division Semi-Finals||November 21: Division Finals||November 28: 98th Grey Cup|
Commonwealth Stadium – Edmonton
|E3||Toronto Argonauts||16||E1||Montreal Alouettes||48|
|E2||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||13||E1||Montreal Alouettes||21|
|W3||BC Lions||38||W1||Calgary Stampeders||16|
*-Team won in Double Overtime.