CFL players expect CBA to be ratified

, Last Updated: 9:13 PM ET

Mark Cohon has no worries that the new collective-bargaining agreement between the CFL’s owners and players will be ratified.

“It should be in a few weeks,” Cohon, the CFL commissioner, said on Friday. “We will get it done just before the season starts.”

Several Argos have said in the past few weeks they expect fully that the CBA will be ratified. With the regular season slated to open July 1, when the Montreal Alouettes visit the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a 2010 Grey Cup rematch and the Argos visit the Calgary Stampeders, the CBA vote likely will be on June 29 or 30.

Though few details have emerged, a drug-testing policy will be part of the agreement.

Also, it is expected that non-import numbers will remain the same, meaning teams will be required to dress 20 Canadians in each game and start seven. There had been talk last fall that the league was going to try to reduce those numbers during negotiations.

Cohon and CFL chief operating officer Michael Copeland were at the Argos’ practice on Friday at Erindale, and briefly addressed the players and coaches afterward.

“I just wanted to wish them a good season,” Cohon said. “And to tell the rookies it is more than just a game, it is jumping into the community as well. That was the message.”

Cohon and Copeland plan on visiting all eight teams once the regular season begins.


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