CFL board of governors ratifies new collective bargaining agreement

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The Canadian Football League’s board of governors has officially ratified the new collective bargaining agreement with the Canadian Football League Players’ Association, the league announced on Tuesday.

The CFL and the CFLPA reached a tentative agreement on a new CBA on Thursday, May 26. The deal was ratified by the players that same day in order to comply with the league’s imposed deadline of midnight ET for their final proposal.

The new deal reportedly includes a ratification bonus worth $1.225 million, up from the $1 million the league offered after the first tentative CBA was rejected by the players.

The ratio will remain unchanged in 2022 before allowing two veteran American players to rotate with Canadian starters for up to 49 percent of snaps in 2023. The league has the option to increase the number of veteran Americans who can rotate with Canadian starters from two to three in 2024.

The two teams with the most number of snaps played by Canadians in a season will be awarded an additional second-round pick in the CFL draft.

The CFL’s new CBA is seven years in length, though the players have the option to opt out after the fifth year to coincide with the expiration of the league’s broadcasting deal with TSN.

The league’s new CBA is now officially in effect.