The CFL and CFLPA have begun collective bargaining discussions in downtown Toronto.

The current CBA expires on May 18, ending a five-year agreement that was ratified on June 13, 2014 – nearly a month after the original deadline.

The players want respect along with fair treatment from the league while Randy Ambrosie wants to save the CFL’s side of the negotiations for the bargaining table.

Split of league revenues will certainly be discussed. NHL players receive approximately 50 per cent of league revenues while the NBA is at between 49 and 51 per cent. NFL players get between 46.5 and 48 per cent while the MLB is around 50 per cent. While neither league or the union will confirm the numbers, it’s clear CFL players receive significantly less – and want to change it.

According to the CFLPA, the league office issued a directive to the teams instructing them not to pay signing bonuses, roster bonuses and report and pass bonuses starting Jan. 1, 2019 – despite the fact that the collective agreement is not slated to expire until May 15 of that year.

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