We are learning that the Canadian Football League could have a huge problem on their hands. We are hearing a rumor that the CFL players are not planning on reporting to camp until a new collective bargaining agreement is complete. It was also reported by 3DownNation’s John Hodge.
The players have been talking with the CFLPA and they are being told not to report or book their flights until after May 18th the day the CBA ends.
Do not agree to book yourself to travel prior to the 18th of May, 2019. If travel is already confirmed, please re-communicate to your member clubs that you will be unable to travel until the day of the 18th.
After consulting with your team Player Representatives, it is our intention not to work past the 18th of May 2019 without a new signed agreement. This is the date in which the current collective agreement expires. We continue to request the CFL meet with the Association to work towards a new collective agreement to start the 2019 CFL as scheduled. We believe it is in everyone’s best interest to conclude collective bargaining and reach an agreement as soon as possible. Having said that, we have informed the League that we as a membership are not prepared to move forward with training camp under the current working conditions. The CFLPA will confirm again to the membership prior to the 18th of May whether you should be traveling to training camp. Prior to that, it is imperative that we all remain united on our travel dates as per the above.
If the CFL players actually stick to their guns, this could be a huge move in the CFL. The players would be speaking in loud volumes. CFL teams and owners, time to step up to the bargaining table.