This week has been, for many fans, players, and team owners, the one they all likely want to forget.
With all the drama fitting for a soap opera, the cflpa and the cfl owners waged a disastrous exchange after their most critical meeting to date this past Wednesday came without a major push to end the ordeal.
This is my take of this. For the players, I understand greatly on how they got underpaid for what they love to do, and with the new broadcasting agreement going at $40 million, I get the fact that they want their piece of the pie. However, when they mentioned about them willing to accept for less, and acknowledging their relations with their prospective bosses as very good, seems to me that they are closing in at an agreement that they all want to play under the soon to expired cba they and the owners agreed in 2010, for this season and they can negotiate in the offseason without pulling the stuff like the mlb did in 1994, and the nhl with the entire season wiped out in 2004.
For the owners, I understand that they would like to preserve their teams stability based on the growth of fanfare and stable revenue increase, despite the fact that hamilton and Toronto, the area in which it should be the center of pro football in Canada, is still lacking stability. It is a good sign that cities like Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Regina are all thriving with great profits. But what they did to the cflpa on Wednesday by disclosing info to the public without proper consent or acknowledgement from the players union is down right wrong.
Hearing from both sides, I still hope that we, the great fans of cfl, can get the season over with. Ottawa needs this season to come on as well as hamilton with the new stadium set to open and would like to break even. As well as Toronto goes, the better the season commences, the better the flexibility that they will get revenue to cover the possible additional costs of expanding BMO field as their new home. May god helps us all.
Final note… Visit the new tigers den page on soundcloud as myself and fellow ticat fan/blogger extraordinaire Claudio Raposo have successfully recorded and downloaded our inaugural show. Check us out and also get a chance to see Claudio’s blog as he has wrote terrific amount of ticat content as well as his latest blog on the cba. Trust me, he is that damn good.