CFL Players’ Association ratifies new collective agreement


BC Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke, top, lines up to play during a light practice at the Canadian Football League team’s training camp in Kamloops, B.C. British, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)


The CFL Players’ Association ratified a collective agreement with the Canadian Football League Thursday night.

The CFLPA made the announcement by email. The player vote came hours after the sides reached a tentative seven-year deal — and two days after CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie unveiled the league’s final offer.

“We are delighted that the players have now ratified a new collective agreement between the CFL and CFTPA,” Amnbrosie said in a statement. The CFL Board of Governors will soon proceed to its ratification vote. We hope for a successful season, including the preseason games. this weekend — and a long and fruitful partnership with our players.

With the players agreeing to the deal, the league’s exhibition season will open on time Friday night.

On Monday, the players voted against a tentative agreement that the union had recommended they accept.

Lynn A. Saleh