June 13, 2014 2:13 pm

CFL ratifies its collective bargaining agreement with players

Aaron Woods #14 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers can't come up with the ball in the endzone as Vincent Agnew #23 of the Toronto Argonauts defends in second-half action in a CFL pre-season game at the Investors Group Field on June 9, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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TORONTO – The CFL has ratified its collective bargaining agreement with the CFL Players’ Association.

The league’s board of governors accepted the five-year deal during a conference call Friday.

The move comes after the CFLPA voted to accept the contract Thursday night.

Under terms of the agreement, the salary cap in the first year will increase to $5 million. The CFL operated with a $4.4-million cap in 2013.

The salary cap will increase $50,000 annually over the term of the deal.

With both sides having signed off on the agreement, the ’14 regular season will kick off June 26 as originally scheduled.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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