CFL Players’ Association continues to stress ‘the league has not made a firm decision’ whether it’s playing football in 2021

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The Canadian Football Players’ Association wants decisive action from the CFL regarding the potential 2021 season.

Union president Solomon Elimimian sent a memo to the membership on Friday.

We continue to stress that the league has not made a firm decision, and their announcement of an August 5th season start date is only tentative. At this point, we continue to advise you not to make any decisions related to your current employment.

Your CFLPA bargaining committee will continue negotiations with the CFL to resolve specific issues related to playing a shortened season and the potential impacts on you, the collective agreement and your playing contract. There is still work and planning to be done with the federal and provincial public health authorities to receive authorization to play football in the six provinces.

It is anticipated that you will be asked to join a voluntary information session by your member club. We encourage you to attend and ask questions. Your player representatives and a CFLPA representative will also participate in each call to ensure your rights are protected and maintained.

Following those updates, we will again plan for internal CFLPA meetings to provide you with further information and answer any questions you may have.

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.

The league office has targeted August 5 as a potential kick-off date for the regular season. After that announcement from commissioner Randy Ambrosie, the CFLPA advised players not to make any decisions related to current employment.

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.

Even though the appropriate paperwork has been submitted, the CFL did not include a 14-game schedule when the decision to postpone the start of the 2021 season was made. That along with other details has left the players to wonder and become increasingly uncertain.

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