Monday, November 24, 2014

Players ratify deal

TORONTO—The CFL Players’ Association has voted to accept a new collective bargaining agreement with the league.
The union said in a statement last night that its players voted to accept the five-year contract reached Saturday with the CFL.

“It’s a YES!” offensive lineman Peter Dyakowski, a player rep with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, tweeted.
“We’ve got a new CBA!
“It’s time to get back to football! Everybodywins.”
The CFL’s board of governors is scheduled to vote on the deal Friday and the expectation is they’ll accept it.
The CFLPA didn’t provide a breakdown of the votes but a majority of players—50 percent plus one—on six of the nine CFL teams was required for the deal to be accepted.
The players voted in favour despite many expressing their unhappiness publicly and on social media about the deal.
It offers a $5-million salary cap in the first year of the agreement after the CFLPA originally had sought a $6.24-million cap.
Last year, the CFL’s salary cap was $4.4 million.
The CFL also got the players to agree to its gross revenue formula that would trigger the renegotiation of the cap or entire collective agreement.
The players, who initially wanted the CBA to include revenue-sharing, wanted the cap or entire agreement renegotiated if league revenues increased by more than $18 million, excluding the Grey Cup, in the third year of the deal.
But the union ultimately agreed to the CFL’s figure of $27 million. The union did get the option year on CFL contracts eliminated, excluding rookies.
Also, the players’ practice day, for the most part, remains at 4.5 hours, but can be increased to a maximum of six hours while teams will hold just one padded practice a week during the season.

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