Outside, the sun-soaked scene said football.
Inside a fluorescent-bulb lit conference room at the Calgary Delta Airport Hotel, however, it was all business, as the Canadian Football League Players’ Association and league owners met for the first time in more than a month in an attempt to hash out a new collective-bargaining agreement.
Hashed out, it was not.
But there may have been an iota of movement, Calgary Stampeders player rep Keon Raymond said after emerging from negotiations shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday.
“I think there was some progress. I don’t think it was much, but I think there was some,” Raymond said. “We’ll come back again (Friday) and see if we can hash out a couple more details.”
Raymond and fellow Stampeders player rep Rob Cote were in attendance Thursday, along with teammates Rob Maver, Corey Mace and Jeff Hecht.