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CFL and Player’s Association Reach Tentative Deal Over Weekend

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A tentative agreement has been reached in the CFL labour dispute which avoided a possible player’s strike.

The CFL and the CFLPA released a joint statement regarding the agreement late on Saturday:

“A tentative agreement has been reached between the Canadian Football League and the Canadian Football League Players’ Association on a new collective agreement. It is pending ratification by a vote of the Players and the CFL’s Board of Governors, which will be scheduled as soon as possible. Further details will not be made public until these votes have taken place.”

A league source, according to CBC.ca, requesting anonymity said the agreement calls for a $5-million salary cap. The source added the two sides had discussed a four-year contract early Saturday that called for cap increases of $50,000 annually.

Other details have been reported by CBC.ca and there was backlash from the players over the reported agreement. The source added the agreement calls for the elimination of the option year on CFL contracts, excluding rookies, which the union had wanted. The players’ practice day goes from 4.5 hours daily to a maximum of six hours with just one padded practice a week during the regular season.

“There is no way we agreed to THAT,” Calgary Stampeders receiver Maurice Price tweeted.

“How it works in the 21st century: Unions are dead,” Calgary running back Jon Cornish, the CFL’s outstanding player last year, said on his Twitter account.

Find out more information on the report at CBC.ca

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