Roughriders violate CFL salary cap, again

The Saskatchewan Roughriders exceeded the CFL's salary cap by $87,147 in the 2008 season, the league said Tuesday, incurring a fine for the second year in a row.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have gone over the CFL's salary cap for the second straight season.

Saskatchewan, which was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in 2008, was the only club to exceed the $4.2-million limit as the league released the results of its annual audit on Tuesday.

The Roughriders' payroll was $87,147 too heavy and the team will be fined that amount. League rules dictate that teams pay $1 for every dollar up to $100,000 that they're over the cap. The penalty goes up to $2 for every dollar from $101,000 to $300,000 over, plus a team's first-round draft choice.

Clubs that exceed the cap by more than $300,000 are fined $3 for every dollar over and also lose their first- and second-round draft choices.

Last year, the Riders were fined $76,552 for going over the cap by that amount in the 2007 season, when they won the Grey Cup. 

The Montreal Alouettes exceeded the cap by $108,285 in 2007, resulting in a fine of $116,570 and the loss of the fourth overall draft pick.