The CFL is rolling out a new football for the upcoming 2018 season.
The “new and improved ball” is virtually identical, to the eye, to the old one, but will feature a somewhat harder leather and could inflate to an eighth of an inch larger. But it will sport the same laces and stripes as usual.
“We are currently delivering to our teams a ball that is slightly different from the one we’ve used in the past,” Ryan Janzen, the CFL’s senior director of football operations, said in a statement.
The league said last year clubs were given the opportunity to test, at mini-camps and in training camp, the Wilson ball used in the NFL. Quarterbacks indicated they preferred the laces used on CFL balls but the leather of the NFL balls.
As a result, CFL General Managers subsequently proposed that the league adopt a new ball that has the laces, stripes and other markings of the old CFL ball but the leather and size of the NFL ball. The Board of Governors discussed the change at its winter meetings and the new balls were ordered.
“A new, improved and unique CFL ball has been created. And it is being delivered to our clubs now,” Janzen said.