Football: An agreement reached Thursday between the CFL and the Players Association

The Canadian Football League has reached a new tentative seven-year deal with its players.

According to a source familiar with the matter, the two sides reached a preliminary agreement on Thursday.

It comes two days after Tour commissioner Randy Ambrosie submitted a final qualifying offer. The pact is subject to ratification by the league’s players and board of directors. The players confirmed at the end of Thursday that the deal is complete and the Bond is looking forward to the 2022 season.

“We are pleased to learn that the players have ratified the new collective agreement agreed between the CFL and the AJLCF. The Board of Directors will shortly proceed to its ratification vote. We now look forward to a successful season, including weekend pre-season games, and a long and productive partnership with our players,” Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement.

On Monday, the players refused a deal recommended by the association. He also recommends giving the green light to Thursday’s deal.

The practice matches of the Tour start on Friday evening. The Montreal Alouettes start their preparatory season in Hamilton on Saturday evening.

There would be eight Canadian starters in each lineup this season, including a nationalized Canadian (an American who had played four years in the CFL, or at least three years with the same team).

By 2023, teams will be able to rotate two such players for up to 49% of games, both offensively and defensively.

Teams can grow to three nationalized Canadians by 2024; the two clubs with the most Canadians at the end of the season will receive additional draft picks.

The CFL will also provide $1,225 million to a player ratification pool.

The two sides disagreed over the Canadian relationship.

Last Wednesday, the CFL and CFLPA reached a seven-year preliminary agreement, ending a four-day strike by seven of the league’s nine teams.

At first glance, there seemed to be many positives for players, including a revenue-sharing model, the ability to reopen the pact in five years (after the broadcast contract expired), and the ability, for veterans, to negotiate partially guaranteed contracts .

But the deal also called on CFL teams to increase the number of Canadian starters from seven to eight. The additional player would be a nationalized Canadian.

Three other nationalized Canadians could participate in up to 49% of the games, and the deal did not include a ratification bonus.

Despite a union recommendation to accept, the players voted against ratifying the agreement.

On Tuesday, Ambrosie unveiled an amended proposal that included a $1 million ratification pool and the elimination of the three nationalized Canadians who played 49% of the games. However, he reduced the number of Canadian starters to seven, including one nationalized Canadian.

Ambrosie had set a deadline for accepting him at midnight on Thursday. He had said that if the players declined the offer and chose to resume the strike, they would have to leave their training venues.

It was the second time Ambrosie made a so-called final offer to the AJLCF.

On May 14, he posted a letter to fans on the CFL’s website, explaining the league’s proposal to the players, hours before the old collective bargaining agreement expired.

The next day, players from seven teams withdrew from training and went on strike.

The Elks and Stampeders started their camps as planned, as they were not in a legal strike position under provincial labor laws.

It was only the second stoppage in the league’s history and the first since 1974.

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