The 1961BC Lions finished the season in fifth place in the West Division with a disappointing 1–13–2 record and failed to make the playoffs. There was, however, a bright side to the season as fundamental building blocks were in place. In the off-season, the Lions signed Linebacker/GuardTom Brown who would become an important part of the Lions' defense. On Aug. 24, the Lions traded four players to Calgary for QuarterbackJoe Kapp and while the results weren't immediate they would prove to be critical in future seasons. Due to the poor record and play, fan attendance dropped drastically, as the Lions averaged 24,000 fans per game. It also cost head coach Wayne Robinson his job as he was fired after seven games in favour of Dave Skrien. This was also the first season that the CFL introduced inter-conference games, with the first regular season games against the Ottawa Rough Riders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts coming in 1961.