CFLPA ready to put up a good fight in new CBA talks with league

Former CFL receiver Mike Morreale wasn't afraid to go into the trenches to make a catch and he's...

Former CFL receiver Mike Morreale wasn't afraid to go into the trenches to make a catch and he's ready to do some gritty work on behalf of the CFLPA as the take on the flourishing league in CBA talks. (Reuters)

Paul Friesen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:00 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Well, well, look who’s all grown up and ready to flex his new muscles.

It’s the Canadian Football League Players Association, that former 98-pound weakling of a union that used to get sand kicked in its face every time it tried to establish a beachhead in contract talks.

Bolstered by the prospect of sharing a rich, new TV deal in a league finally finding its financial legs, and beefed up after an off-season session with Don Fehr, the guru of sports labour bosses, the brotherhood of three-down football is united and ready to claim its fair share of Canadian cake.

“We are as strong as we’ve ever been — if not stronger,” union president Mike Morreale said, Thursday. “People see that there’s a lot of positive things going on in the CFL. And they feel the timing is right. They’ve rallied together. They see good things on the horizon.”


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