February 8, 2018
Statement from the Canadian Football League Players’ Association
Toronto – The following statement addresses recent public concerns related to fair and just treatment of CFLPA players.
“We are aware of the concerns made public by members of our association, and we take them very seriously. We are investigating the circumstances as well as the discussions referenced by the players as they relate to their contracts or any other agreements that may have been in place. Once we are satisfied with the results of the investigation, we will meet with the Commissioner and League office to discuss next steps,” said Brian Ramsay, Executive Director, CFL Players’ Association.
Ramsay continued, “Unlike our players, CFL coaches and management have the benefit of both guaranteed contracts while also being able to seek other opportunities in either the NFL or college, despite having active contracts with the CFL. The CFLPA, as well as our membership, are distressed with this continuing double standard as it relates to how the rules and agreements within our League are applied. We have brought these concerns to the CFL and will ensure that a fair and positive action can be taken to the satisfaction of our membership.”
The CFLPA does not expect to provide any public updates related to these investigations until the results are understood, communicated to all parties and we have agreed upon a fair resolution.
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About the CFLPA
The Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA) is the union for professional football players in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Since 1965, the Association has worked to establish fair and reasonable working conditions while protecting the rights of all CFL players. In addition to negotiating and enforcing the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the CFLPA provides a variety of member services, builds corporate and community partnerships and works diligently for the betterment of its membership. The current CBA will be in place through 2019.