New player rep riled by 'Gades gaffe

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive tackle Doug Brown is in his first year as a player representative with the Canadian Football League Players' Association, and he can't wait to get his feet wet.

The CFLPA will meet in Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday to pore over the collective bargaining agreement that has been drawn up to replace the one that will expire before the start of the upcoming season.

Considering the current plight of the Ottawa Renegades franchise, one gets the feeling that the CFLPA reps (there are two from each team) will be in an ornery mood this weekend in Sin City.

"I'm so tired of this happening," Brown said yesterday. "I'm only going into my sixth year in the CFL, and this is the third time I've seen this situation happen."

As a result, Brown would love to see the CFLPA have a say in who gets to own franchises in the nine-team loop. He plans to bring that up this weekend.

NO ONE TO BLAME

"At least if we had signed off on bringing Bernie and Lonie Glieberman back for a third time to operate a CFL franchise, then we'd have no one to blame for our situation and the fact that we could potentially lose a high percentage of jobs," said Brown. "Our mandate as the CFL players agency, No. 1, is to protect the jobs of our union members."

If the CFLPA doesn't get to have a seat at the board of governors table when ownership matters are discussed, Brown at least wants to make the league more accountable when situations like the latest Glieberman fiasco occur.

"I would really like to see some sort of penalty phase for the league and/or bonus for the players that are affected if the wrong decisions are made," he said.

Brown noted that it's not just the Renegades players who are twisting in the wind right now, either.

"There's all the players on the other teams now that don't even know if they're going to have a job, because they're going to possibly be competing against Ottawa players," said Brown.

The players this weekend also will discuss the new salary management system and the expanded rosters. In addition, CFLPA president Stu Laird and members of the executive, which includes Bombers defensive tackle Joe Fleming, are up for re-election.


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