CFLPA - - The Most Useless Union In Sports
Forget the speculation about a strike or if the season will be cancelled. I’ll tell you what’s going to happen - - the players are going to get totally screwed once again.
As I’ve said numerous times, the CFL is controlled by a small group at the top. Very similar to what the NHL was back in the 1980s. They profit off the backs of the players and use the league as their own personal cash register.
Everyone talks about the Argos losing “millions? on an annual basis. Really? Open the books and let’s take a look at these “losses? for what they really are. Of course that’s a closely guarded secret. It’s like claiming a tax refund but not having to actually file your taxes. “Just take out word for it, we’re losing money.?
The owners have had the CFLPA in their back pocket. I’ll be shocked if this new contract is anything less than a total farce, just like the 2010 CBA was. The union will come to the players with another pathetic deal claiming that’s the best they can get and urging the players to accept it.
The new television contract has gone from $15M to more than $40M. That works out to an annual increase of more than $2.75M per team. How much of that increase do you suppose the owners will share with the players?
Article 30.02 of the 2006 CBA guaranteed the players 56% of gross revenue. http://cfldb.ca/faq/compensation/
Based on that, the $2.75M increase in television revenue would equate to a salary cap increase of just over $1.5M - - which would put the cap at $6M. Any chance of that happening?
Everyone knew there was a television deal coming in 2013. The owners wanted no part of having to share 56% of the increase in television revenue, so that was negotiated out of the 2010 CBA. What did the players get in exchange for giving up their 56% share of revenue? An annual salary cap increase of $50k for the duration of the 2010 CBA. That’s beyond stupidity. FFS, it’s just not possible for any union to be dumb enough to accept that kind of lopsided bargaining.
Who are the idiots at the CFLPA that would agree to accept a laughable $50k in exchange for the guarantee of 56% revenue sharing when a new television deal was coming up? The ones that are in the pockets of the owners, that’s who. The CFL is now the only sports league in North America that doesn’t have revenue sharing. How is that possible?
For the same reason the CFLPA insists on not publicizing player salaries. Naturally the CFL owners do not want player salaries to increase because it means less money into their pockets. And the best way to suppress salaries is to keep everything a hush-hush top secret. It’s the same reason the NHL refused to do so up until 1990. Any guesses as to what happened to NHL salaries once they were made public? When the NHL players finally opened their eyes and replaced the convicted fraudster Al Eagleson as head of the NHLPA with Bob Goodenow, one of the first things Goodenow did was to publish everyone’s salary information. How did that work out for the NHL players? Was anyone embarrassed? Think any of them regret making NHL salaries public information? Not a chance.
It’s an absolute no-brainer for the CFLPA to fully disclose player salaries. Doing so will set the standard for contract negotiations as players will finally be able to judge their worth against the contributions of other players relative to their salary. The only plausible reason for the CFLPA to not do so would be pressure from the owners to keep it classified.
I fully expect the CFLPA to preach for “unity? amongst the players during this negotiating. Because “unity? means nobody rocks the boat or questions the CFLPA leadership. “Unity? means the players will do as the CFLPA advises them.
Expect to hear a sob story about how the CFL just doesn’t have the revenue like the other sports leagues. Well, let’s see. The NHLPA holds its annual meeting in Toronto. The MLBPA holds its annual meeting in San Diego. The NBPA holds its annual meeting in New York. The NFLPA used to hold its annual meeting in Hawaii but then moved it to Florida. Any guess as to where the CFLPA holds its annual meeting?
In a league where players make a fraction of the salary that other sports leagues enjoy, WTF is the CFLPA doing in Barbados? And it’s not just for the annual meeting. The CFLPA also hosts a camp to “generate interest? for Canadian football in Barbados.http://www.vancouversun.com/life/pla...525/story.html
Interest in football is non-existent in Barbados. The sport is not even played there. Why is the CFLPA wasting its time as well as wasting the dues collected from players travelling to Barbados to “promote the Canadian game?? Seems like it would make much more sense to devote that energy to “promote the Canadian game? right here in Canada.
What better way for the owners to reward the CFLPA leadership for all its “hard work? than by sending them on a boondoggle to Barbados?