The Canadian Football League and players’ association are nearing consensus on a new collective bargaining agreement, per sources.

The potential deal would have to pass a ratification vote by the union membership.

The current CBA was set to expire at midnight on Saturday. More than 97 per cent of the players voted to strike if needed, but lengthy negotiations this week turned in a positive direction.

The CFL made a unilateral decision to delay negotiations until April 29. B.C. Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian said the union was prepared for any situation during the bargaining process.

The CFLPA’s bargaining committee followed by instructing players not to arrange travel to the league’s member clubs for training camp. The group informed players that the association did not intend to work past May 18 unless a new deal was first agreed upon.

Players reported to training camp in May of 2014 without a CBA in place. 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. It seems possible a new CBA will be agreed upon prior to training camps opening on May 19.

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