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Lengthy work stoppage could cause real headaches for CFL

The CFL players went on strike yesterday after CBA talks broke off earlier in the weekend, making this the “third straight spring” that the league’s season has been interrupted, according to Steve Milton of the HAMILTON SPECTATOR. The pandemic resulted in the ’20 season being canceled and training camp last year being postponed. There is “likely to be a period of at least two or three days of ‘cooling off’ before any further negotiations occur, which jeopardizes the first exhibition games set for next Monday.” Owners and players “without doubt … have lost a lot during the pandemic, financially and emotionally, but the fans have suffered too.” Social media indicated that a percentage of fans “will turn their backs on the league” after being guaranteed “that training camp would have no chance of being delayed or, unthinkably, cancelled.” Milton: “Neither players nor owners can want that” (HAMILTON SPECTATOR, 5/16). In Montreal, Jack Todd writes if there is “one league on the continent that can’t afford a lengthy labour stoppage, it’s the CFL.” Todd: “This must be settled and quickly. The pandemic was a real body blow to the CFL, a gate-driven league. This is not the time to quarrel over the pie” (MONTREAL GAZETTE, 5/16). In Ottawa, Tim Baines: "Buckle up as the CFL and its players association are taking us on what could be a bumpy ride" (OTTAWA SUN, 5/15).

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