It’s been a hot minute since a top professional sports league went on an all-out strike. But for the Canadian Football League, the time has come.
According to Citizen of Ottawa, talks broke down between the CFL and the CFL Players Association (CFLPA). As a result, players from seven of the nine teams asked their teammates to skip training camp and go on strike instead.
It would have been all nine, but provincial labor laws in the province of Alberta prevent Calgary and Edmonton from joining. But they are expected to do so when these laws allow it.
However, while the talks have broken down, the strike may not last too long. Tim Baines of Citizen of Ottawa noted that the two sides are not that far apart on their points of contention.
But unless those differences can be ironed out in less than a month, the June 9 season opener will be in jeopardy.
Canada’s TSN reported that the two sides met for a total of 16 hours last Friday and continued on Saturday. But the CFLPA ultimately rejected the CFL’s proposal.
The CFLPA would hold a town hall meeting this Sunday to tell players how to proceed during the strike.
The NFL has had several lockouts but no strikes since 1987.
Will the CFLPA strike result in a late start to the season?