CFL players are back on the field after the league’s first strike in 48 years, but a growing number of veterans are voicing their dissatisfaction with the terms of the proposed collective bargaining agreement that ended the shutdown. work.
“If I’m being honest, no, it’s not something I’m 100% happy with,” Montreal Alouettes linebacker Chris Ackie told reporter Herb Zurkowsky on Thursday. “I feel like we’re giving up a lot of things that are important to the CFL. The report. We give up a lot.
The executive of the Canadian Football League Players’ Association signed a memorandum of understanding on the new ABC on Wednesday following a four-day strike by its members. The proposed seven-year deal has yet to be ratified by a player vote, but despite the near consensus in the media that the deal is good for the players, many remain unconvinced.
Canadian players like Ackie are particularly concerned about changes described to the ratio, which would allow three “nationalized Americans” – defined as any American who has spent three seasons with their team or five in the league – to be replaced instead of one. a Canadian. starter for up to 49% of plays in a game.
While this amendment to the CFL’s Canadian ratio is far less dramatic than what the league originally proposed, it has done little to allay concerns that the league is trying to get rid of Canadian players.
The deal also has other flaws and some players expected bigger gains after finally holding out in the league. As a representative of his CFLPA team, Ackie is tasked with communicating the terms of the deal and he refuses to sugarcoat it.
“There are good things, but there are also things that are not ideal,” Ackie pointed out. “Overall, I think revenue sharing is an important thing for the players. But going back to the pads when our insurance is still the same? I feel like we’re increasing the risk of injury. Our insurance does not match the risks on the ground.
“Personally, I don’t think it’s the best deal. I don’t agree 100% with that.
The Alouettes players will meet with ACPLF management in the coming days to get their opinion on the agreement, but Ackie will not endorse the agreement on the table. Players can draw their own conclusions, but he won’t pressure them.
“Once they hear the terms, they can make a decision for themselves. I can’t speak for all the players in the league. If they feel it’s not up to their needs, I’m afraid it will be rejected,” Ackie warned, although he added that his opinions may not reflect those of the dressing room.
“Just because I feel my lane doesn’t mean other players will feel the same way.”
Ratification votes are usually considered a formality, but this one seems to be anything but. Several prominent Alouettes players, including veteran defensive tackle Almondo Sewell and safety Marc-Antoine Dequoy, also expressed their displeasure Thursday and those sentiments reverberated throughout the league.
It looks like after another offseason spent holding their breath, CFL fans shouldn’t be exhaling yet.
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