Coming to an agreement?

The CFL and its players will have a new collective bargaining agreement in place just before the...

The CFL and its players will have a new collective bargaining agreement in place just before the pre-season starts. (Toronto Sun File/Dave Abel)

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

The Canadian Football League and the Players Association will announce a new collective bargaining agreement today, The Toronto Sun has learned.

The new four-year pact that will have some similarities to the National Hockey League's system. The so-called ceiling will be $3.8 million, an increase of $1.2 million from last year, but there will be a minimum level for teams based on a percentage of individual club's revenues.

Similar to the NHL, the new CBA will allow for increases in the cap each year based on a percentage of total revenues.

The new CBA will increase roster sizes to 42 from 40 and expand the practice roster to seven from six.

The minimum entry-level salary is expected to be slightly under $40,000 from the previous figure of $38,000.

14-POINT SYSTEM

The CBA is intertwined to the proposed salary management system, which still requires full approval from the board of directors.

The 14-point system has some contentious points that need to be resolved pertaining to monitoring each team's annual spending with so-called paid enforcement officials and penalties based on exceeding the ceiling.

In addition to the new agreement, the CFL will begin testing its instant replay system on an experimental basis tonight using the video replay scoreboards. TV replays will be used once the games are broadcast for the start of the season, pending full approval of the competition committee.

Each team has two challenges per game. If a team is unsuccessful with its second challenge, it will lose a timeout.

Inside the final three minutes of the game, any contentious plays will be viewed by a video replay official and video replay technician and then sent down to the on-field official, who will render a decision.


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