CFLPA Release

NEWS RELEASE

Wednesday July 5, 2017

CFL Players’ Association congratulates new CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie; hopes having ex-CFL player will move forward outstanding player safety and rehabilitation issues

TORONTO – The Canadian Football League Players’ Association is congratulating new CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie on his appointment today.

“We congratulate and welcome Randy Ambrosie as the new CFL Commissioner and look forward to building a strong relationship with him,” says CFLPA President Jeff Keeping.

The CFLPA is hoping that having a former CFL player as Commissioner will help move forward critical player safety and rehabilitation issues with the League.

“We hope that as a former player, Commissioner Ambrosie will be attuned to the major issues facing CFL players – safety and rehabilitation – which we need addressed to reduce unnecessary serious injuries in the game and treat players fairly,” Keeping said.

CFL teams are only required to give injured players 12 months of rehabilitation after an injury, Keeping says, a length of time insufficient to deal with some serious injuries that can require more time for complete recuperation.

“Rehabilitation coverage for players is simply not adequate – and we need to get it fixed,” said Keeping.

The CFLPA launched #1PlayAway campaign earlier this year, submitted a Workers’ Compensation Board application for player coverage to the Alberta government and met with the federal and several provincial sports ministers about the rehabilitation issue.

“We wish Commissioner Ambrosie well in his new role and think that his player and business experience can serve him well in helping us make sure player safety is a priority for the CFL by resolving these important issues,” Keeping concluded.

For more information:  Brian Ramsay, CFLPA Executive Director at 1-800-616-6865.

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