Sunday May 15, 2022

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League and the CFL Players’ Association broke off negotiations on a collective bargaining agreement Saturday.

The move came after the two sides met for roughly 16 hours into the night Friday, then returned to the bargaining table Saturday morning. The current agreement, reached in 2019 and amended last year to allow the league to have a 14-game season, expired at midnight.

It’s unclear if, or when, the league and union will meet again. Training camps are scheduled to open Sunday, but players with six of the CFL’s nine teams will be in a legal strike position Sunday.

Players with the Edmonton Elks, Calgary Stampeders and Montreal Alouettes will still report to camp. That’s because those three teams won’t be in a legal strike position until later in May because of provincial labor laws. The regular season is scheduled to begin June 9.

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Negotiations resumed Wednesday, six days after the CFLPA rejected the CFL’s first proposal. The lone previous CFL strike came in 1974 and was resolved before the season.


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