Key elements of 2014 CBA
Here is a list of the key elements that came out of the last CFL collective bargaining agreement, providing a bit of a template for what the two sides might look to improve on — or erase — when negotiating the 2019 CBA.
• The agreement changes the way players are classified. Instead of being known as non-imports and imports, they will now be classified as nationals and internationals.
• A player will be considered a national player if he was a Canadian citizen at the time of signing his first contract, was classified as a non-import prior to May 31, 2014, or was physically resident in Canada for an aggregate period of five years prior to reaching the age of 18.
• Increases the salary cap per team from
$4.4 million to $5 million in 2014, and an additional $50,000 a year in subsequent years to a total of $5.2 million in 2018.
• Sets the minimum any team must spend on players’ salaries at $4.4 million in 2014, and an additional $50,000 a year in subsequent years, to a total of $4.6 million in 2018.
• Increases the minimum pay for players from
$45,000 to $50,000 in 2014, and an additional
$1,000 a year to a total of $54,000 in 2018.
• Increases pension contributions from
$3,600 for clubs and $3,600 for players to
$3,700 each in 2014, and an additional
$100 each a year to a total contribution of
$4,100 each in 2018.
• Provides a $1,500 ratification bonus per each rookie player, and $7,500 per each veteran
player for ratification bonuses, with the union to determine the scale on which veterans will receive bonuses (with all such bonuses to be paid to players on team rosters as of June 22,
• Increases a team’s active roster from 42 to
44 players, and decreases a team’s reserve roster from four to two players.
• Amends the rules and regulations to provide for a six-game injured list, eliminating the nine-game injured list. Clubs are allowed to pull a maximum of two players off the sixgame injury list early, and without it counting against the salary cap for any player who continues to be on that list for more than six games.
• Amends the training camp protocol to allow only one practice a day to have contact.
• Amends in-season provisions to allow only one practice a week to have contact.
• Eliminates the current requirement for an option year on all future contracts with the exception of first contracts for rookie players.
• Expands practice rosters from seven to
10 players per team and, come the fall, from
12 to 15 players.