Siding with CFL players union in labour dispute

Union president Scott Flory said Wednesday he was

Union president Scott Flory said Wednesday he was "shocked and a little bit ambushed"ť by the CFL's outright rejection of the players' proposal and its subsequent PR moves. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:11 PM ET

The gloves are off amid labour talks breaking off between the CFL and its players association, a private negotiating process that has now gone public in as bad and as awkward a forum as anyone can possibly imagine.

 

For reasons only the CFL can articulate, assuming it doesn’t turn to its mouthpiece broadcaster first, it basically tried to undermine the players union on Wednesday by first rejecting a proposal and then sending out open letters to players and fans in a desperate attempt to win over support.

What the league does not recognize — and probably never will, given its arrogance — is the simple fact that what makes three-down football is its unique rules and the enormous sacrifices players have made and are prepared to make.

Wednesday was not a good day for football in Canada, the rhetoric and public posturing more in line with any other labour negotiation involving billionaire owners and millionaire players, a landscape that hardly describes the


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