The CFL’s annual salary cap hit reached $20 million on Wednesday, but the average team paid $80,000 less than that.
The salary cap also rose to $70 million this year.
That’s a $3.3 million increase in the average salary.
The salary cap is set to hit $60 million next year, with $35 million guaranteed for teams with $20 to $30 million in cap space.
Teams with $30 to $50 million in space, however, are able to keep some of that money and potentially increase their cap space to $100 million.
The cap hit for teams in the 10 to 16-team playoff mix has risen to $15.5 million.
That is $3 million more than the average $13.5M.
That’s $1.5 or more per game more than teams in those positions.
The average salary for teams playing in the league’s 16-plus playoff format has risen from $1 million to $1,350,000.
That means teams are making about $2 million more per year than they did in 2018.
The CFLPA reported the league earned $6.2 billion from player revenue and $6 million from television revenue in 2019.
The average salary per player has risen by $1 to $8.7 million.
In 2019, the CFLPA estimated the average NFL player earned $10 million.
The NFL is the only league with a salary cap higher than the CFL.