The terms of the new collective bargaining agreement between the CFL and the players are likely to start leaking out at any moment but there’s already a sense of foreboding from players.
A couple of guys I’ve spoken to are worried that players will, once again, get the short end of the stick.
This Tweet ssums it up pretty good:
Lol ????????♂️ can’t wait to hear this
— ShamawdChambers (@ShamawdChambers) May 15, 2019
Veteran CFL player John Bowman was a member of the union’s bargaining committee, which means he was at the bargaining table. He’s already defending the agreement and talking about how difficult the negotiations were.
I wasn’t and like you I was sceptical. But I can tell you being in that room this yr we had to fight for everything. And no matter what you never get everything you want and ppl are never satisfied lol that’s life
— John N. Bowman (@7Bowman) May 15, 2019
Key issues for the union were overall compensation (the salary cap) the ratio (which was rumoured to be going from seven to five Canadian starters) the minimum salary and protections for severely injured players.
So we’ll see.