Mark Cohon warns that CFL coffers not as full as CFLPA thinks

CFL commissioner Mark Cohon warned that the league is not pulling in the amount of money the...

CFL commissioner Mark Cohon warned that the league is not pulling in the amount of money the players think is being made. (Chris Procaylo/QMI Agency)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:45 PM ET

WINNIPEG - CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said he didn’t want to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement in public.

Then he proceeded to do a bit of just that.

Asked about talks with the players union that have broken down over the concept of revenue sharing, Cohon said league coffers aren’t as overflowing with cash as the players might think they are.

And he held up the debt-strapped Blue Bombers, just awarded the 2015 Grey Cup game, as his example.

“We talk about new revenues coming from television,” Cohon began. “But the fact of the matter is the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have to write a cheque every year for $4 million to $4.5 million back to the province for the support on this stadium. It’s not the revenues. It’s about profitability.”

Actually, the Bombers’ commitments are $1 million to the province each of the next three years, $3.5 million to the bank.


Videos

Photos