Strike vote, shortened season looking likely for CFL as CBA talks break down

Blue Bombers offensive lineman Glenn January says it's make-or-break time for the CFL and the...

Blue Bombers offensive lineman Glenn January says it's make-or-break time for the CFL and the players association to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement. A strike vote and shortened season could be coming next. (QMI Files)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:01 PM ET

The CFL players union has grown a backbone, and it’s probably going to cost us part of the 2014 season.

Negotiators for the players and the league will try one last time to find some common ground toward a new agreement, Wednesday.

But the two sides are so far apart on the four core issues — money, player safety, career transitioning and pension — don’t be surprised if the talks fall apart and players vote to strike in the next few days, potentially leading to a shortened season.

“This is where it really is a make-or-break deal,” Bombers O-lineman Glenn January, on the phone from Houston, told the Winnipeg Sun, Tuesday.

The only way this thing can be salvaged, allowing players to report for training camp in two weeks, is if the CFL finally agrees to the key issue: the concept of revenue sharing.

That’s not likely to happen, as the league is content to play the delay game, hoping players begin trickling into their respective cities for camp.


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