September 27, 2022
CFL players reject new collective bargaining agreement with league: reports

According to the source, CFL players voted against ratifying the tentative deal reached Wednesday between the league and CFL Players’ Association. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity Monday as neither the CFL nor the CFL Players’ Association immediately confirmed the vote.

The CFL and CFLPA reached a tentative seven-year agreement Wednesday, four days after players with seven of the league’s nine teams went on strike. It marked just the second work stoppage in league history and first since 1974.

The CFLPA executive recommended acceptance of the deal, which featured increases to the CFL salary cap ($100,000 annually starting next year) and minimum salary (from $65,000 to $75,000 by 2027). It also included a revenue-sharing formula for the union and gave players a chance to have the final year of their contracts guaranteed up to 50 per cent.

And while the CBA called for a return to padded practices _ one hour weekly during the regular season to a maximum of 12 _ it extended medical coverage for retired players to five years from three.

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