CFL, players expected to ratify agreement

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:36 PM ET

Bryan Crawford was right.

Last November, not long before the Argonauts departed to various points in North America for the off-season, Crawford was asked whether a work stoppage was going to halt CFL football in 2010.

“I’m going to be playing football next year,” Crawford said seven months ago. “A work stoppage is not beneficial to either party.”

There has not been a ratification of the tentative deal recently reached by the players and the CFL, but a vote to do just that is expected to take place not long before the regular season starts on July 1.

“I expected we would be in camp, and that’s what happened,” Crawford, an Argos player rep, said on Monday.

“Both sides did an excellent job to mediate and get done what was needed to get done. It will be ratified as soon as they are done writing the details of it.”

Few details about the new collective-bargaining agreement, expected to be for four years, have emerged, but it is known a drug-testing policy will be in place.

Another Argos vet, offensive lineman Rob Murphy, said the thought of a work stoppage ate at him a bit during the winter.

“It was a big issue,” Murphy said.

“(The players’ union) was not going through the motions. (A work stoppage) was one of the things that could have come out of this. Hopefully it get ratified, but nothing has been crossed off yet.”


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