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Mark Cohon
Commissioner, Canadian Football league

"This afternoon, the Canadian Football League has sent its best offer for a new collective bargaining agreement directly to the players. Unfortunately, this best offer was rejected by the CFLPA executive committee this morning. We strongly believe it is a fair and equitable agreement for both parties. We want football. We want our season to start on time. But not at the cost of the unrealistic proposal put forward by the CFLPA. We do hope the CFLPA executive committee will put this offer to CFL players for a vote."

Fan Comments
The latest deal by the owners would see 3 out of 9 teams lose money this year. To me that's already too many teams losing money. The CFLPA needs to get realistic or they are going to sink the league and everyone will lose.
May 30, 2014 - 2:40pm
Players need to realize that the league needs to be healthy BEFORE more money rolls in. The CFLPA seems to want owners to commit to paying them more from pockets that were being bled dry in previous years.
May 30, 2014 - 11:20am
Unfortunately I have only heard details from the owners side, but from that interview it seemed to me like they made a decent offer. They included Revenue Protection which I thought was a pretty big step. The players offer had a large cap and an extra million dollars in non-cap salary provisions per team. I don't know how the CFLPA ever thought that was going to get through.
May 30, 2014 - 8:39am
als rule
strike? so be it!! CFLPA hold the line!! it's a 2 way street owners!!
May 30, 2014 - 7:29am
I am not a fan of absolutes. Last eek, the commissioner invited the CFLPA to negotiate and told them to plan on staying a few days. Then, they blindsided the players with a power play. Generally, I just do not respond well to bullies and neither are the players. Enough absolutes commish. Hey, you negotiated the TV deal, even with the increase the deal far undervalues the ratings generated by the CFL. I want football, I think the players should show up and play while continuing to work toward a fair deal. If the Commish sticks to bully tactics and absolutes, strike mid-season.
May 29, 2014 - 8:21pm
Fortunately on June 12, the FIFA World Cup starts with daily games. Once the fans are hooked there, they may not come back until the end of the cup games
May 29, 2014 - 7:40pm
Maybe down east, bur out west CFL will beat soccer anydayeveryday
May 29, 2014 - 8:25pm
als rule
@P: NO not down east either!!
May 30, 2014 - 10:06pm
If the CFLPA believes that the clubs should profit share then maybe the players should buy the clubs and pay their own wages. It is a job! No one should expect a pension for playing/working 10 years, that sound more like a politicians expectation. You play football for 10-15 years then you get a job like the rest of the world, plan for it. Fix the schedule so fans can attend on the weekends not 7 or 8 pm weeknights
May 29, 2014 - 7:01pm
GC Bound
Yah, this doesn't look good.
May 29, 2014 - 6:11pm
Come on people. It's depressing enough going to games where the stadium is half empty. If you don't get a deal done it will be a disaster for the league. Besides, I've already shelled out a bunch of money for our season's tickets and Grey Cup tickets!! Owners, make a fair offer and Players, don't get too greedy or you'll bankrupt the CFL!!
May 29, 2014 - 5:56pm
The CFL board are being selfish and greedy. Yes David Braley saved this league by purchasing two struggling clubs but he has been generously reimbursed and more so with approximately $25 million+ in recent Grey cup revenues. When eventually MLSE buys the Argos certainly Mr. Braley will surely get his hand greased for the 5th t 6th time???
Why is there not a significant increase in the cap, some sort of revenue sharing to improve the quality of players, roster sizes, and to promote expansion or infrastructure development and improvements is a mystery. Where Mr. Cohon are all the TSN monies being allocated to...the CFL front staff operational costs...board and staff travel and perks???
Well keep up this form of negotiations that will lead to a walkout and a players strike and subsequent delay with a possible shortened season where everyone suffers and then see how that benefits all involved!
THis is what happens when non players on behalf of investors do not negotiate in good faith to ensure their ever increasing piece of the pie...share the wealth or suffer the consequences. This league could easily expand to 12 teams and remain vibrant and healthy but unde3r your watch the only things growing are the corporate bank accounts of ownerships groups and their associates..typical
May 29, 2014 - 5:25pm
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