Contract limbo looms over camp

Ottawa RedBlacks warm up during the team's first ever day of training camp on June 1, 2014. (Errol...

Ottawa RedBlacks warm up during the team's first ever day of training camp on June 1, 2014. (Errol McGihon/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency)

TIM BAINES, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 11:58 PM ET

There was lots of laughing, some trash talking and some pretty good football during Day 1 of the Ottawa RedBlacks training camp Sunday morning at Carleton University.

Count on more of the same, likely at least for the next week or so. But if the CFL and CFLPA don't soon get on the same wavelength, that nasty business side of sport is going to get in the way.

“It was good, good enthusiasm today,” said RedBlacks coach Rick Campbell. “People were working hard. The key now is that we carry this over into the coming days. It's about keeping your eye on the prize, getting better each day — not getting too emotionally high or low. Training camp is a long process. It's a marathon, as we like to call it. You're doing what you need to do to get better each day.”

Linebacker Jason Pottinger, one of the team's union reps, is hopeful the league and union will sit down soon and try to find common ground in their talks on getting a new collective bargaining agreement.


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