A message from Commissioner Randy Ambrosi to CFL fans and players


CFL fans:

We know you’re looking forward to a CFL season that starts on time and includes a full schedule of games. To achieve this, we need a new collective agreement with our players, one that creates a new and positive partnership. Today we made a bid for the CFLPA that achieves that goal. We have notified the players of this offer live this afternoon. We want to share this information with you as well.

Dear CFL players:

This document summarizes the CFL presentation that was submitted to the union today for consideration.

It is designed to build a true partnership with you, talented, hardworking and community-minded CFL players.

It increases total player compensation by more than $24 million over the term of the agreement – plus the opportunity to participate in increased revenue as we successfully work together to grow the league.

It protects the jobs of Canadian players, and is a cornerstone of the CFL.

It’s offering partially guaranteed contracts, for the first time in our league’s history.

It recognizes the contribution of veteran Americans, with a new opportunity to expand their careers with their team, without restricting free agency in any way.

Includes two minimum league salary increases.

Provides certainty and stability for 7 years.

Details here:
• $18.9 million in total guaranteed salary cap increases at the league level.

• $5.94 million in guaranteed compensation for community outreach and promotional visibility at the league level.

• An opportunity for twenty-five percent of all revenue growth above an agreed limit, to be added to the salary cap starting in 2023.

• It will allow clubs to re-sign veterans to partially secured contracts, the first of its kind in the CFL.

• The club will be allowed to select one US player (not a quarterback), who has been in the league for at least four years or has played with the same team for at least three years, who will be considered a US citizen.

• This nationalized American is considered a citizen on the list. He will join 20 or 21 Canadians who are also nationals on the list.

• Each menu should contain at least seven national appetizers. This will include at least six Canadian players. The seventh principle can be either nationalized American or additional Canadian.

• The list will also include three midfielders of any nationality, 19 Americans and up to two international players.

• A Canadian midfielder who starts will be considered a National (Canadian) player.

• These changes to the list will start from 2023.

• The minimum salary will increase to $70,000 in 2023 and $75,000 in 2027.

• An updated Code of Conduct that applies to all members of the CFL community, including fans, rather than just players.

• Having your association seat on the board of directors of CFL Ventures, the commercial arm of the league, will allow us to work together to market our league and build our business.

The deal based on this offer helps everyone across the CFL. Fans can expect continuity of a better roster, which has been a top priority for them for years. Our clubs will be able to constantly market their stars, with greater confidence in their ability to re-sign.

But this is about you and your career, first and foremost. That’s why this promotion protects roster points for our great Canadian players that mean so much to the CFL, it celebrates the veteran American players who have built their careers here, and it includes raises for all players, including players who have paid the bottom line of the league.

This is a win-win offer. It creates a stronger partnership, so we can work together to further improve our game and build our business. It comes at a critical time. Our league, our clubs and especially our players have suffered a lot during the pandemic. We got past the corner in 2021, working together to get back on the field. Now we have a chance to speed towards a brighter future.

Let’s seize this opportunity together.

Commissioner Randy Ambrosi

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