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CFL's CBA expires with no progress on new deal
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Canadian Football League's collective bargaining agreement expired Thursday at midnight ET without any progress for a new deal between the CFL and the Players Association.
Following two days of meetings in Toronto, both sides gave in on certain demands, with the CFL increasing its financial offer while the union removed any revenue-sharing percentages from its own proposal.
However, talks between the two sides broke down Thursday afternoon, prompting CFL commissioner Mark Cohon to release a statement.
"This afternoon, the Canadian Football League has sent its best offer for a new collective bargaining agreement directly to the players," Cohon's statement read. "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."
No further meetings have been scheduled, but both the union and the league have stated that players will be allowed to report when training camps open Sunday.
The players are reportedly awaiting all strike ballots and reviewing particular provincial labor laws before declaring to the league they have the will and right to strike at any time.
The most recent breakdown in talks comes just over a week after Cohon released a letter stating that the league would try to work directly with the players instead of the union.
05/30 02:33:39 ET
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