CFL extends ratification bonus deadline | | Official Site of the Canadian Football League

TORONTO -- The Canadian Football League has informed the CFLPA negotiation committee through the mediator that they are prepared to extend the deadline for the ratification bonus until Friday, June 6 if the CFLPA wanted to have its members vote on the CFL’s latest proposal, which was put forward on Wednesday, May 28.

“We have made our best offer and continue to believe the CFLPA should allow its members to vote on our offer,” said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon.

“The most recent CFLPA proposal, which was presented to us yesterday through the mediator, would not form the basis of a settlement as it was unrealistic.

“Our offer increases the average player salary by 16% in 2014, to more than $96,000 per player, and significantly reduces the number of padded practices throughout the season. Our proposal also includes ratification bonuses of $5,000 for veteran players and $1,500 for rookies. We are confident that our offer is fair to the players and would allow us to continue to build our league while not jeopardizing the positive momentum we have collectively achieved over the last several years.”

Fan Comments
the cfl players don't make nearly as much money as the players in the nfl, Let's just end this farce of a lockout & get a deal done that both sides can be happy with & start filling the seats at all the stadiums, & also include tsn's deal.
June 03, 2014 - 6:32pm
That's easier said than done
June 03, 2014 - 9:58pm
Fan of 28 years, season ticket holder since I turned 16 and had a driver's license to get myself to games. I drive over 2 hours, one-way, to attend Argo games. I've never seen the league, in my time, in better shape... yet this issue over the last week is casting some of the darkest shadows over the league at a time when things could be finally on the right track. Overall, I side with the owners/league. We aren't out of the rough times yet, particularly in Southern Ontario. We need stability, cost certainty, and to attract a 10th franchise, and that would come through profits league-wide invested yes in the players, but also in the league itself. Passionate owners have lost millions to keep this league alive, so we can't expect one windfall of a TV deal to jump the cap significantly.

CFLPA - please don't strike. Look longer term and bigger picture.
CFL - please get back to a table. Use ANY proposal as means to continue dialogue.

No fan wants to hear any words like "strike", "stoppage", or "final" and "best". We want to see sides talking and not know what they are talking about, but that there are talks. Let's get this done.

6 sleeps until the first pre-season game, 23 sleeps until the regular season opener. There's no time not to be hammering out a deal.
June 03, 2014 - 4:59pm
als rule
@CFLPA: another bad deal from the owners!! don't accept it as owners are playing nothing BUT hardball!! to owners not in public BUT at the tables!!
June 03, 2014 - 2:30pm
small town argo
UGH. Just get a deal done!
June 03, 2014 - 12:54pm
The player's last offer was pretty fair despite the numbers you want to throw out. I've always thought Cohon has been doing a great job with this league but the fact that they flat out rejected an offer that represented a pretty big move without any desire to discuss it is ridiculous. Play hardball all you want but the message is clear: the players want to play and are willing to make significant moves to do so, the owners don't care enough to make any concessions. That's poor negotiating, the players are going to remember it during the next CBA negotiation, and the fans are well aware that one side is moving and one is just ignoring it.
June 03, 2014 - 12:43pm
Canadian Study
It is unfortunate that both sides of the negotiations have lowered themselves to the "blame-game" of public support. Focus on what you have to offer and not what the other side isn't offering.

At the same time, a key component in the public support campaign is the lack of relevant statistical facts. One glaring component is the "average salary". This means nothing because it skews the actual salary of most players. A better statistical statement would be to reveal the "median salary"; this gives a clearer picture of what the majority of players are being paid and reduces the tipping point of those that have significant wages.

The other point is the "demand" to have players vote on the proposal. Unfortunately, to "request" the League have the owners vote on the CFLPA's proposal would mean nothing because of the obvious collusion that exists.

Negotiations are always a win-lose proposition. We can discuss win-win but most negotiators don't have common assumptions or goals. In the world of sports, especially, it is clear that there is a need for short-term reward and long-term sustainability. Players have short careers and owners have long term commitments. It's that simple.

In order to ensure a respectful agreement, there needs to be a mechanism to manage the expectations for the short and long-term. All this "chest-pounding" and "sacrifices" mean nothing. They are nothing more than a ruse, propaganda, media manipulation.

The final thought is this: I am a fan. It is now the only sport I watch in Canada. Continue along a path of pompous positioning and arrogance will risk losing the fan base.
June 03, 2014 - 2:40pm