The Canadian Football League’s self-imposed collective bargaining deadline has passed, except it hasn’t.

The CFL Player’s Association issued an update to its members Friday evening stating the drop dead date has been extended into next week as they await a decision from the Canadian federal government on potential funding.

Full memo:

Gentlemen,

We are continuing to engage in discussions with the League on outstanding issues of the health and safety of players, quality of life in the bubble, medical coverage, surgeries, game schedules and others. We await a decision early next week from the Federal Government when we can work to finalize certainty of compensation for players who are prepared to commit to playing in the 2020 season.

The League has extended the deadline of today (July 24th) that they previously imposed as they await decisions from the Health Authorities and Federal Government regarding funding and confirmation of health protocols. 

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The final decision regarding a potential shortened 2020 season is expected to come closer to the end of July, with the support of Justin Trudeau’s government being essential for any return to play strategy getting off the ground.

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