Following delay to 2021 season, CFLPA advises players not to make any decisions related to current employment

Photo edit: 3DownNation

The CFL Players’ Association has sent a memo to its membership following the announcement of a delayed 2021 season.

The league office has targeted August 5 as a potential kick-off date for the regular season. Union president Solomon Elimimian penned the note to all players.

The CFL has announced a delayed, 14-game season that proposes play starting the first week of August and ending with a mid-December Grey Cup. While a delayed season is not ideal and disappointing, we understand the increasing impact of the pandemic. Getting everyone back to work this year, with safety requirements in place, has been, and continues to be, our priority.
Your CFLPA bargaining committee will continue negotiations with the CFL to discuss specific issues related to playing a shortened season and any potential impacts that may have on you, the collective agreement and your playing contract.
At this point, we continue to advise you not to make any decisions related to your current employment. There is work and planning to be done with the CFL and public health requirements, including each province’s COVID-19 response efforts, which are changing rapidly in Canada. The CFLPA will provide details soon that will help you make choices that are in the best interest of yourself and your family.
While the potential for game play is encouraging news, be assured that the CFLPA will continue to work hard on your behalf to ensure all safeguards are in place to protect our members when it is time to play.
We encourage you to continue to take advantage of the growing opportunities available to you and your family as part of the CFLPA Academy.
Our communication lines remain open, and we urge you to contact your player reps, executive, and CFLPA office directly if you have any questions or comments.
CFL Players’ Association

The league and union began meetings during the second week of February with a focus on playing football this year. The two sides have submitted return to play health and safety plans to various levels of government in Canada.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.