According to the Canadian Press on Thursday, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will join the Calgary Stampeders, British Columbia Lions, Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders in a five team Western Division when the Canadian Football League commences play in 2014.
The Canadian Football League's board of governors' decision to expand the Western Division by one comes with the league's decision to expand into Ottawa next season. The Ottawa Redblacks will be with the Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes in the Eastern Division.
There is no significant change in the playoff format. The top three teams in each division make the postseason with a possibility of a crossover still in effect.
In other CFL news, the Canadian Football League's Players Association president Mike Morreale expects disciplinary action against Edmonton Eskimos general manager Ed Hervey for publicly criticizing Eskimos' offensive lineman Simeon Rottier.
Hervey stated "the majority of my frustration has been with Simeon" and "it wouldn't bother me if he didn't play another down this year" following Edmonton's 37-34 loss to Calgary on Labour Day.