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CFL comes to a tentaive agreement with CFLPA

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According to Dave Naylor of TSN, representatives from the Canadian Football League came to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement with the Canadian Football League Players' Association late Saturday night. The agreement will last five seasons but is still subject to ratification by the Canadian Football League board of governors and its players.

Normally it is a formality in these situations that both sides would approve the deal when there is a tentative agreement. However, according to Naylor, both sides have come away not overwhelmingly pleased.

A major reason for the dissatisfaction is that the CFLPA was hoping for a significant increase in the salary cap to approximately $6.8 million. Even though they received an increase from $4 million to $5 million per team, the CFLPA was hoping for a greater revenue increase because of the new agreement between TSN and the CFL which sees the CFL earning $40 million per year from TSN (a jump from $15 million per year) over the next five years.

When TSN and the CFL came to an agreement in March of 2013, it is possible that representatives from TSN spent more than normal for the CFL rights because they had an inclination that they might lose the NHL rights to Sportsnet. TSN's loss of their NHL rights came to fruition in November of 2013 when Rogers Communication, which owns Sportsnet, formed a 12 year deal worth $5.2 billion to be the exclusive television rightsholders for the NHL in Canada.

Representatives from the CFL meanwhile may not be all that excited to give more money to its players. Do not forget that the CFL has not been an economically prosperous league over the last three decades, and even though the league has a new television contract, the CFL has taken the risk of expanding to Ottawa (a place that the CFL has not worked very well before), a new stadium in Regina will soon be built and then there is that whole question of what will happen in Toronto in the next decade?

We do know that if everything goes according to plan, the Calgary Stampeders will continue with training camp. Their first scheduled exhibition game will be June 14 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and their first scheduled regular season game will be June 28 against the Montreal Alouettes. Both games will be played at McMahon Stadium.