CFL players move toward a strike

Saskatchewan Roughriders v Toronto Argonauts
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The CFL easily become overlooked in the broader world of pro football. It’s currently poised to make headlines for reasons other than its games.

The CFL Players Association has informed its members that six of the nine teams will be able to commence a strike on Sunday, May 15th.

“Today, the CFL tabled a new offer which addressed a number of our key issues,” the union advised its players on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, our expectations on these issues have not been satisfied, and our committee does not believe that our key issues have been sufficiently resolved at this time. We need to negotiate further with the CFL on these critical issues to meet the standards and expectations of our membership.

“In order to do that, we need time and a united membership.

“We have planned a work stoppage, if required, that will satisfy labour laws in each club’s respective province. It is in our best interest as a Union for our members to travel to their individual club’s training facilities to be in a position to execute a legal strike. Six of our nine teams (BC, Sask, MB, Ont) will be able to strike beginning at 12:01 AM on Sunday, May 15th.

“If a new collective agreement cannot be negotiated within a reasonable time following our work stoppage, the CFLPA will ensure that no player is stranded, and we are committing to pay for players’ flights or drives home, where they may remain until an agreement is reached.”

Issues include length of labor deal, revenue sharing that would result in an annual increase in the salary cap, guaranteed contracts, and increased minimum salaries.

The strike won’t affect the entire CFL due to the laws of the different provinces in Canada. In Quebec, for example, a strike is complicated by the fact that the players must be at training camp for at least a week, before striking.

9 responses to “CFL players move toward a strike

  1. Dozens of fans are going to be upset that they can’t watch CFL for a while.

  2. Bad move – Most importantly you also need fans because you have a minor league talent level with other leagues trying to form each year.

    The fastest way to lose fans is through a strike.

  3. I like the CFL and watch it until NFL games start. But the CFL is facing a bit of an existential crisis right now. With USFL and next year XFL grabbing many of the best non-NFL players, the CFL is having trouble filling the “Non-Canadian” portion of its rosters. Maybe the CFL should have taken up the XFL’s offer to merge…

  4. It seems that they are going for the strike now, but they will be forced to punt on third. Reffing up their is terrible, teams always sneaking an extra dude on the field. Would go on strike too…..

  5. Too bad the games and rules are so different because it would be kinda cool to see a CFL/USFL championship game.

  6. USFL players sign a 2 year commitment. The CFL could only get USFL players after they’ve been released. I don’t know if they can ask to be released so they can go play in Canada.

  7. CFL games are actually a lot of fun. Like a hybrid of football and rugby. And the Toronto Argonauts are oldest professional sports team in North America. Produced all time greats like Warren Moon and Doug Flutie. Hope they don’t strike.

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