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1989 CFL season

The 1989 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 36th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 32nd Canadian Football League season.

CFL News in 1989

The CFL Board of Governors approved the sale of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from Harold Ballard (of Maple Leaf Gardens Limited) to David Braley on Friday, February 24. In April, the CFL announced a two-year television agreement with Carling O'Keefe Breweries for $12 million plus an additional $3 million for club promotional support.

The CFL hosted both, the Annual Meetings and the Canadian College Draft for the second straight year in Hamilton.

The Toronto Argonauts played their first game at the SkyDome. The SkyDome also was the host of the 77th Annual Grey Cup game, on Sunday, November 26, when the Saskatchewan Roughriders defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 43–40.

In September, the BC Lions were purchased by Murray Pezim.

The Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union decided to change the location of the Vanier Cup game, from Varsity Stadium to the SkyDome. The University of Western Ontario defeated the University of Saskatchewan, 35–10 in the Vanier Cup's silver anniversary game.

On Sunday, December 31, Bill Baker decided to resign as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the CFL.

Regular season standings

Final regular season standings

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

West Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Edmonton Eskimos 18 16 2 0 644 302 32
Calgary Stampeders 18 10 8 0 495 466 20
Saskatchewan Roughriders 18 9 9 0 547 567 18
BC Lions 18 7 11 0 521 557 14
East Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18 12 6 0 519 517 24
Toronto Argonauts 18 7 11 0 369 428 14
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18 7 11 0 408 462 14
Ottawa Rough Riders 18 4 14 0 426 630 8
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • Edmonton and Hamilton have first round byes.

Grey Cup playoffs

Main article: 77th Grey Cup

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are the 1989 Grey Cup champions, defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 43–40, at Toronto's SkyDome. This was Saskatchewan's first championship since 1966. The Roughriders' Kent Austin (QB) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Offence and Chuck Klingbeil (DT) was named Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Defence, while Dave Ridgway (K) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket

  November 12: Division Semifinals     November 19: Division Finals     November 26: 77th Grey Cup @ SkyDomeToronto, ON
  East     E3  Winnipeg Blue Bombers 10  
  E3  Winnipeg Blue Bombers 30     E1  Hamilton Tiger-Cats 14    
  E2  Toronto Argonauts 7         E1  Hamilton Tiger-Cats 40
      W3  Saskatchewan Roughriders 43
  West     W3  Saskatchewan Roughriders 32    
  W3  Saskatchewan Roughriders 33     W1  Edmonton Eskimos 21  
  W2  Calgary Stampeders 26  

CFL Leaders

1989 CFL All-Stars



Special teams

1989 Eastern All-Stars



Special teams

1989 Western All-Stars



Special teams

1989 CFL Awards


Preceded by
1988 CFL season
CFL seasons Succeeded by
1990 CFL season