With no agreement reached between the Canadian Football League and the CFL Players’ Association, the collective bargaining agreement expired Saturday and the union began its first labour strike since 1974. Keep up with all the latest news and reaction with TSN.ca’s CFL strike blog.


Players past and present sound off

Seven of the league's nine teams participated in a work stoppage over the weekend. The Edmonton Elks and Calgary Stampeders reported to camp on Sunday as they were not yet in a legal position to strike, per Alberta labour laws. This sparked frustration from players, including Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Simoni Lawrence and CFLPA vice-president and defending Grey Cup champion Adam Bighill of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

TSN's Farhan Lalji pointed out on Sunday that the next big day is May 18. Then, the Alberta-based Elks and Stamps can strike. 

In a tweet by the CFLPA, Bighill and fellow vice-president Henoc Muamba stated how players can help grow the league, why it's important that the PA and the league are partners, and outlined what a fair agreement looks like.  

Toronto Argonauts defensive back Shaquille Richardson tweeted to the fans, thanking them for their support and saying he hopes to be back on the field soon. He added in an earlier tweet that though he wants to play, a deal is the priority. 

B.C. Lions linebacker and 2021 CFL Most Outstanding Canadian Bo Lokombo shouted out the CFLPA  reps and said he wants to get a CBA deal done. 

Alex Singleton, a 2017 CFL All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year with the Calgary Stampeders and current Denver Bronco, voiced his opinion. 

Retired CFL veteran Marc-Olivier Brouillette issued the same sentiments as Singleton, urging the union to stay strong.

Fellow retired CFL veteran Jason Vega applauded the CFLPA for their efforts on making sure all their players and representatives are on the same page. He adds that this has not always been the case and that he is happy to see progress made. 

In a back-and-forth conversation on Twitter with the retired voice of the Bombers Bob Irving, Stampeders lineman Derek Dennis notes the players want a deal done.

Ticats running back Don Jackson notes that this isn't just about the game of fooball. 

On Monday evening, the CFLPA released a statement that was shared by past and present Tiger-Cats, announcing that CFLPA members from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be gathering outside Tim Hortons Field in an act of solidarity. Fans were invited to come to show their support. 

 


Informal workouts 

After the Winnipeg Blue Bombers issued a statement informing fans that practices have been cancelled, players came together for an informal workout Monday morning, according to current voice of the Bombers Derek Taylor. 


Potential pre-season cancellations 

Next Monday's pre-season game between the defending Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders will not be played without a new collective bargaining agreement done by Wednesday, according to TSN CFL insider Dave Naylor.