Michael Copeland has been named president and chief operating officer of the Canadian Football League. He will be responsible for the league’s strategic and business operations.

Copeland was hired in 2006 as the CFL’s chief operating officer. During his tenure, he has led several initiatives for the CFL including a new broadcast and digital rights agreement, the establishment of a new salary cap system, a new collective bargaining agreement with CFL players, which included the introduction of the CFL’s first drug testing policy, and the return of CFL football to Ottawa.

“During his first seven years with the CFL, Mike’s dedication, business acumen and leadership have had a large influence on the success our league has experienced,” said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. “Now, with the strongest foundation the league has had in decades, and with this continuity in leadership, we are strongly positioned to take full advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead.”