Too much at stake for CFL to have shortened season

CFL commissioner Mark Cohon has a delicate situation on his hands with players wanting more money...

CFL commissioner Mark Cohon has a delicate situation on his hands with players wanting more money and fans wanting an uninterrupted season. (Reuters)

Paul Friesen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:20 PM ET

All was quiet on the CFL labour front, Thursday, and that’s not a good thing.

The more days that pass without a meeting between the league and its players, the better chance they won’t have a new collective bargaining agreement before training camps are scheduled to open, June 1.

Rookies report a few days earlier, and if the vets vote to strike and don’t join them, it’ll be 1974 all over again.

Ed Molstad remembers it fairly well, considering it’s been 40 years.

Legal counsel for the CFL Players Association, Molstad filled a different role then, the only time in its history Canadian football has experienced a labour shutdown.

“At that time I was a defensive end,” Molstad, on the phone from his Edmonton law office, said, Thursday. “I was on the negotiating committee, though. There was a new television deal with more money. Does it sound familiar? I can’t recall the dollars, but the players wanted a share of it.”


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