"If the NBA can swallow its pride ... and go back to its old ball, we certainly can do the same."

The CFL is getting back its balls.


League sources told Metro yesterday that the heavier, tackier footballs used last season will be scrapped by next season.

"If the NBA can swallow its pride, admit a mistake and go back to its old ball," a CFL executive said, "we certainly can do the same. The precedent has been set."

Succumbing to complaints from many players, the NBA decided this week to trash the microfibre ball it introduced this season and will revert to its old, leather model beginning Jan. 1.

CFL players complained in similar fashion last season about the ball they were being forced to use but, while some league officials acknowledged its shortcomings privately, no change was made. Next month, however, the league’s competition committee will meet and sources say it will formally resurrect the old ball.

Scoring, offensive statistics and entertaining games decreased significantly in the CFL last season, and many placed part of the blame on the heavier ball.

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