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Title: Updated June 25. From the boss! CFL players vs owners saga over!Reports!Tweets!
Post by: Myk Aussie on May 21, 2014, 01:07:27 PM
2014 CFL season starts Thursday night! The boss is happy, a report below from the commissioner! The fans are happy! I know I'll be watching the games Thursday night, Saturday and Sunday on TSN at home and in a couple of sports bars in Kanata!

"CFL Fans: It's finally here: the start of our regular season. " Mark Cohon CFL Commissioner
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From June 13. Yeh! CFL footy is go! No games will be missed including the preseason! Seems like a nice win for the owners!

Message to BC Lions fans about the agreement from Dennis Skulsky President & CEO BC Lions Football Club. Refer to June 13 2.30pm post below.

From June 13 at 11.15am post below. CFLPA ratifies new proposed CBA!
http://cfl.ca/article/cflpa-ratifies-new-proposed-collective-bargaining-agreement

A more detailed article here.
http://argonauts.ca/article/syndicated/453389/new-five-year-cba-ratified-by-cfl-and-cflpa

Some tweets in regards to the agreement. Refer to June 13 1.00pm post below.

From June 10. "Tone has totally changed since yesterday, now that emotions vanished. MT @CFL_News: #Redblacks poised to grudgingly approve CBA deal. #CFL" @ArashMadani

It must be tough for the players especially the REDBLACKS as they are a new team, keen to bond as mates, impress the coaches and bosses and get as good as they can during training camp and leading up to the first game.

From June 8. CFL, CFLPA reach tentative agreement on deal! This was great news on Saturday night! For a report. http://www.sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/cfl-cflpa-reach-tentative-agreement-on-deal/

From June 4".......It’s time to lead, Mr. Commissioner. Wrap your arms around the players and make this league whole again. Everyone wins." @garylawless

Above is the last sentence of this excellent article entitled "D-day is coming for CFL!"
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sports/football/bombers/D-day-is-coming-for-CFL-261772841.html

From June 3. It is being reported that player votes are in from 7 of the 9 teams and 98% of these CFL players have voted in favor of a strike. Ooch!

I heard this 98% vote news on TSN1200 radio today. Here is the report by Dave Naylor on TSN.ca
http://ww.tsn.ca/cfl/story/?id=453856

From May 30. "Where are the CFL’s revenues going? Could the league afford to meet the CFLPA’s demands?" Andrew Bucholtz. I heard a excellent interview today on TSN1200 Ottawa radio with Andrew Bucholtz of 55 Yard Line. Here is the article they discussed. 
https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/cfl-55-yard-line/

From May 29. Ooch! CFL strike looms as league rejects last-minute offer from players, union says!

To read a report from today. http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/cfl-strike-looms-as-league-rejects-last-minute-offer-from-players-union-says-1.1844061#ixzz338gq5lwr

From May 27. Talks are due to begin again tomorrow Wed May 28.
Two artcles today! 1) Players want to be partners! CFLPA boss Scott Flory says there's plenty to go around and hopes new talks can help bring labour peace.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sports/football/bombers/players-want-to-be-partners-260722641.html

2) Source: ‘No way’ CFL agrees to revenue sharing. http://www.sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/source-no-way-cfl-agrees-to-revenue-sharing/

From May 22. "Revenue-sharing plan won't fly! CFL needs to improve offer, but players must accept fixed cap this time!" Gary Lawless of winnipegfreepress.com
Refer below May 22 post for I think were some important points and the link to the full article.

From May 22. Tweets from yesterday regarding this topic including tweets from Jim Lang and Christie Buono. Refer below May 22 post.

From May 21. CFL contract talks!

The message below is from the Commissioner of the CFL, Mark Cohon regarding the status of ongoing contract talks with the CFLPA.

Dear CFL Fans:

Thank you for your patience and understanding during our contract talks with our players.

Out of respect for our players and the negotiation process, we have had little to say in public. But now that the talks have reached a critical juncture, I want to provide you, the most important people in the CFL, with an update.
 
Today, we have directly communicated to CFL players the full details of our offer to them.
 
It is fair and reasonable. It would increase the average player salary by 12 per cent this season, to $92,917. It would increase the minimum player's salary by 11 per cent this season, to $50,000. It would increase the salary cap by nine per cent this season from $4.4 million to $4.8 million per team. More increases would come over the life of an agreement.
 
Unfortunately, the union's bargaining team has rejected this offer, and instead put forward an unrealistic proposal which, if adopted, would threaten the very existence of the CFL.
 
This is why we are now communicating directly to the players. The details of our offer, in a letter from me to the players, are posted on CFL.ca.
 
You may hear a lot in the media about revenue sharing. Our offer would share increased revenue with our players. But we cannot agree to an approach that would focus solely on our teams' revenues while ignoring their costs and the investments we must make to modernize, stabilize and maximize the CFL.
 
For example, our teams are directly investing $175 million in new stadiums and stadium improvements. Like your mortgage, these costs have to be financed over several years. We also need to invest in our digital properties, our social media, marketing and ticketing, and the fan experience in our stadiums. We need to serve you better to continue to earn your support and attract new fans.
 
Like you, we want football. We want training camp to open and our full pre-season and regular season schedule to be played. We don't want a work stoppage.
 
Like you, we admire and appreciate what our players do on the field and in the community. They deserve to be paid fairly.
 
But also like you, we love this league. And that means we have a responsibility to you, and future generations of fans, to keep it strong.
 
Thanks to your support, the CFL is in a better place today than it has been in years. And we have made an offer that reflects this growth.
 
But we still have work to do to ensure all of our teams can make a profit, which is crucial to attracting the next generation of owners, at the same time we attract new fans. We still have a long way to go to realize our vision of a strong, sustainable league that can succeed in today's rapidly changing business climate, and in every market.
 
It was a long winter in Canada. And like you, we can't wait for the season to start. But we owe it to everyone who loves the CFL to seek an agreement that's fair to our players and right for our league and its future.
 
Thank you again for your patience and all you've done to help us grow.
 
Mark Cohon

Commissioner, Canadian Football League
Title: Re: Updated May 22. CFL contract talks! From the Commissioner Mark Cohon!
Post by: Myk Aussie on May 22, 2014, 04:10:46 AM
From twitter on May 21.
"1 of 3 reasons I came back to #Ottawa in April was for 1st @REDBLACKS season! I say #CFL season will be go! Players Assoc not strong enough!" @MykAussie

From Christie Buono "There's SO much excitement around the 2014 season. Would be a shame if the #CFL & #CFLPA can't come to terms. If they can't we all lose!!" @ChristieBuono

From Jim Lang "I didn't become @CFL fan because of owners, it was because of the players. The players drive the league and deserve a fair share of the pie." @JimLangSports

"Numerous times the players took a hit for the greater good of their individual teams and the league. Now it's their turn to get paid. @CFL " @JimLangSports 


Title: Re: Updated May 22. CFL contract talks report from the boss Mark Cohon! Tweets!
Post by: Myk Aussie on May 22, 2014, 01:20:18 PM
Revenue-sharing plan won't fly! CFL needs to improve offer, but players must accept fixed cap this time! By Gary Lawless of winnipegfreepress.com

Part of the article that seems to make sense!
"There's no question the players in the CFL are underpaid considering the physical toll the game takes on their minds and bodies.

The league needs to give more than it did last year in terms of its salary cap and more than it has proposed to date in these negotiations.

Commissioner Mark Cohon said he won't do a deal that includes a salary cap tied to revenue. Fair enough. But he's going to have to spend a little more than he's currently offering to get the players to go along. The players have sacrificed and done what's right for the league -- as they should, seeing it's where they get paid to play professional football." Gary Lawless

Copy & paste this link into your browser to read the article.
winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/revenue-sharing-plan-wont-fly-260221921.html?device=mobile
Title: Re: Updated May 27. CFL contract talks report from the boss Mark Cohon! Tweets!
Post by: Myk Aussie on May 27, 2014, 01:14:35 PM
Players want to be partners! CFLPA boss Scott Flory says there's plenty to go around and hopes new talks can help bring labour peace.
 
Copy & paste this link into your browser to read the article.
winnipegfreepress.com/sports/football/bombers/players-want-to-be-partners-260722641.html
Title: Re: Updated May 27. CFL contract talks report from the boss Mark Cohon! Tweets!
Post by: Myk Aussie on May 27, 2014, 01:17:43 PM
Source: ‘No way’ CFL agrees to revenue sharing.

Copy & paste this link into your browser to read the article.
sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/source-no-way-cfl-agrees-to-revenue-sharing/
Title: Re: Updated May 27. CFL players vs owners saga! Reports! Tweets!
Post by: Myk Aussie on May 29, 2014, 01:39:19 PM
Ooch! CFL strike looms as league rejects last-minute offer from players, union says!

Copy & paste the link into your browser to read the article.
ctvnews.ca/sports/cfl-strike-looms-as-league-rejects-last-minute-offer-from-players-union-says-1.1844061#ixzz338cr7rqH
Title: Re: Updated May 29. Ooch! CFL players vs owners saga! Reports! Tweets!
Post by: Myk Aussie on May 30, 2014, 02:22:52 PM
"Where are the CFL’s revenues going? Could the league afford to meet the CFLPA’s demands?" Andrew Bucholtz

I heard a excellent interview today on TSN1200 Ottawa radio with Andrew Bucholtz of 55 Yard Line. Here is the article they discussed 
Copy & paste the link below into your browser to read.
ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/cfl-55-yard-line/
Title: Re: Updated June 3. Ooch! CFL players vs owners saga! Reports! Tweets!
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 03, 2014, 02:46:21 PM
It is being reported that player votes are in from 7 of the 9 teams and 98% of these CFL players have voted in favor of a strike. Ooch!

I heard this 98% vote news on TSN1200 radio today. Here is the report by Dave Naylor on TSN.ca
To read the report copy & paste this link into your browser.
tsn.ca/cfl/story/?id=453856

Title: Re: Updated June 3. Ooch! CFL players vs owners saga! Reports! Tweets!
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 04, 2014, 01:17:04 PM
".......It’s time to lead, Mr. Commissioner. Wrap your arms around the players and make this league whole again. Everyone wins." @garylawless

Above is the last sentence of the excellent article entitled "D-day is coming for CFL!"

To read the article copy & paste the following link into your browser.
winnipegfreepress.com/sports/football/bombers/D-day-is-coming-for-CFL-261772841.html
Title: Re: Updated June 4. Ooch! CFL players vs owners saga! Reports! Tweets!
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 08, 2014, 09:53:03 AM
CFL, CFLPA reach tentative agreement on deal! This was great news on Saturday night!

Copy & paste the link into your browser to read the report.
sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/cfl-cflpa-reach-tentative-agreement-on-deal/
Title: Re: Updated June 10. Yeh! CFL players vs owners saga nearly over! Reports! Tweets!
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 10, 2014, 06:47:45 PM
"Tone has totally changed since yesterday, now that emotions vanished. MT @CFL_News: #Redblacks poised to grudgingly approve CBA deal. #CFL" @ArashMadani

It must be tough for the players especially the REDBLACKS as they are a new team, keen to bond as mates, impress the coaches and bosses and get as good as they can during training camp and leading up to the first game.
Title: Re: Updated June 10. Yeh! CFL players vs owners saga nearly over! Reports! Tweets!
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 13, 2014, 10:16:41 AM
Yeh! CFL footy is go! No games will be missed including the preseason! Seems like a nice win for the owners! Some tweets!

"Thanks to all @CFLPA teams reps, especially @Mr_Raymond25 and @robcote26 for tirelessly putting in hours for your teammates @CFL #OurLeague" @BoLeviMitchell  I call him "Bo Levi Jeans Mitchell"

"Awesome to hear #CFL players ratify CBA. Hated the thought of missed pay cheques for guys who need it and deserve it. #readyforsomefootball" @TimCBaines

"RT .@murraylp: Durant, Foley, LaBatte among #riders unhappy with new CBA. All call for CFLPA execs to resign. #riders #CFL" @CFL_News

"What Iannuzzi's tweets show just how disorganized the #CFLPA is. Their message is all over the place. How do they expect to succeed. #CFL" @Dave_CHED

CFLPA ratifies new proposed CBA!
Copy & paste the link below into your browser to read the article on CFL.ca

cfl.ca/article/cflpa-ratifies-new-proposed-collective-bargaining-agreement

A more detailed article here.
argonauts.ca/article/syndicated/453389/new-five-year-cba-ratified-by-cfl-and-cflpa
Title: Re: Updated June 13. Yeh! CFL players vs owners saga is over! Reports! Tweets!
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 13, 2014, 01:35:18 PM
From Dennis Skulsky President & CEO BC Lions Football Club.

Hello Lions Fan,                                                             

I wanted to personally send you the great news regarding our newly reached collective bargaining agreement. In the last hour, I participated in a CFL Board of Governors conference call and am happy to report that we approved the new five-year collective bargaining agreement that the CFL players ratified last night. This new five-year agreement puts us all in a stable position to continue growing this league for years to come.

I want to acknowledge the work that General Manager Wally Buono, Coach Mike Benevides, and his entire coaching staff have done throughout training camp to keep our players focused on preparing for another great season of Lions football. I also want to commend and thank our players for their professionalism and hard work throughout the past few weeks as we get set to kickoff tonight in Edmonton for our preseason game. A reminder that fans can catch the game live on TSN tonight or listen to the call on TEAM 1040.

To you, our loyal BC Lions fans, I also want to sincerely thank you for your patience in allowing the process to play out and for your continued support towards this football club, and this great league. Now, let’s shift our focus and attention where it belongs – on the players and the game we love. We look forward to hearing you ROAR all season-long at BC Place this year!
 
Game on! Let’s go play some football!

Dennis Skulsky Signature
Dennis Skulsky
President & CEO
BC Lions Football Club
Title: Re: Updated June 13. Yeh! CFL players vs owners saga is over! Reports! Tweets!
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 25, 2014, 01:07:41 PM
"CFL Fans: It's finally here: the start of our regular season. " Mark Cohon CFL Commissioner

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