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CFL Players’ Association ratifies new CBA

May 27, 2022 GMT
B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke, top, lines up to run a play during a light practice during the Canadian Football League team's training camp in Kamloops, British Columbia, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke, top, lines up to run a play during a light practice during the Canadian Football League team's training camp in Kamloops, British Columbia, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke, top, lines up to run a play during a light practice during the Canadian Football League team's training camp in Kamloops, British Columbia, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
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B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke, top, lines up to run a play during a light practice during the Canadian Football League team's training camp in Kamloops, British Columbia, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
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B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke, top, lines up to run a play during a light practice during the Canadian Football League team's training camp in Kamloops, British Columbia, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) — The CFL Players’ Association ratified a collective bargaining agreement with the Canadian Football League on Thursday night.

The CFLPA made the announcement via email. The players’ vote came hours after the sides hammered out a seven-year tentative agreement — and two days after CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie unveiled the league’s final offer.

“We are pleased that players have now ratified a new collective bargaining agreement between the CFL and CFLPA,” Amnbrosie said in a statement. The CFL’s Board of Governors will conduct its ratification vote shortly. We look forward to a successful season — including preseason games this weekend —- and a long and productive partnership with our players.”

With the players accepting the agreement, the league’s exhibition season will open on time Friday night.

On Monday, the players voted against a tentative deal the union had recommended they accept.