Key el­e­ments of 2014 CBA

Winnipeg Free Press - - SPORTS -

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.

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