Bombers-Riders preseason game won’t be played unless CBA is completed by Wednesday: report

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The CFL’s first preseason game scheduled between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders for Monday, May 23 at Mosaic Stadium is unlikely to be played, according to TSN’s Dave Naylor.

While no decision has yet been made, hearing that Monday’s pre-season game between @Wpg_BlueBombers and @sskroughriders won’t happen without a CBA deal done by Wednesday. Given that’s 2 days from now and no bargaining scheduled … seems unlikely to take place.#CFL #CFLPA

The league’s collective bargaining agreement expired at midnight on Saturday, May 14, which led seven teams to strike. The Calgary Stampeders and Edmonton Elks have voted 99 percent in favour of a work stoppage, though they must complete the first three days of training camp in order to legally execute a work stoppage. As such, the first day that are eligible to strike is Wednesday, May 18.

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie recently shared the details of the league’s latest collective bargaining proposal, hoping to turn public opinion against the union. The CFLPA subsequently called the league’s negotiation tactics “authoritarian” in a communication to its membership.

The preseason game between Winnipeg and Saskatchewan is scheduled to be played well before the rest of this year’s preseason games, all of which are slated to be played on May 27 or later.