CFLPA vs CFL re: Air Quality

This is not a good look for the league. They look utterly unprepared for worst case scenarios. There were definitely warnings regarding air quality prior to the Edm/Cgy LDC game and this will happen more and more in the future.

I think a lot of this falls on the fact that there are really no contingency plans if a game is to be postponed. The schedule is fairly tight as it is.

There’s no way that games can be tacked onto each other or at the end of the season, and I doubt they want to have a shootout-style for an unplayed game like for weather-postponed games.

If I were the PA, I would definitely ask the league how they could bake some contingencies in before agreeing to the next contract.


Yeah it would be tight to reschedule games especially later in the season.

Are player salaries insured in the event a game cannot be rescheduled in a case like this?

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Hopefully won’t become an issue they can’t resolve amicably. Management/union relationships can be pretty fragile.

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They need to figure out a way to attach oxygen tanks to players. Perhaps they could play flag football without equipment. Modifying the rules is better than total cancellation.

Interesting. I don’t remember hearing any meaningful discussion on this in game.

It’s certainly a conundrum. As you point out, it would be very difficult to reschedule the game. I don’t know whether players would be paid if the game wasn’t played. I also wonder whether a policy exists to refund ticket prices to fans who couldn’t go because they are medically susceptible to poor air quality.

One thing I do know is that the players would have overwhelmingly if not unanimously voted to play the game had they been asked. I’m more concerned about the fans. This is yet another case where the union did the opposite of what the players wanted. I have some difficulty with that in principle. Remind me again who the union represents.

In any event I don’t think much will come of this.

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I think if its something that is decided during the actual game, its fully possible to play a shortened game (the the OT rules) 10 mins more in poor aquality is not going to do that much damage.

Why didn’t the CFLPA tell their members to pull off the field instead of asking the CFL to do it?

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Becuase that would be deemed an illegal strike and the cflpa could be sued for all costs

Alberta labor board is not worker friendly so would not have been an option

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or build a dome in every city :slight_smile:


at least alberta is not all bad :slight_smile:

Based on what I can recall from the 2021 season. Edmonton had to postpone a game due to COVID. They voted to play the game instead of cancelling it even though they had to play 3 games in a short span due to the fact that they wouldn’t have been paid.


I just checked back on that year’s schedule and yes they postponed it from Aug. They played 3 games in 6 days (Nov 13-19). Traveling from Regina to Toronto to Vancouver for 3 road games. Just absurd.


Yikes, and some people complain about playing 2 games in 6 days


So the Elks could sue the CFL it they called off the game?

Or the CFLPA could also?


The cflpa is …and the very minimum sense … a union

All union contracts contain the following

“The parties agree that during the life of the agreement that the union shall not engage in any forms of job actions or strikes and the employer will not lock employees out”

A canceled game is NOT a lock out and the cflpa recourse might be limited to seeking compensation if the game isnt reacheduled

Each province has thier own worksafe.rules.

In BC a player who felt the smoke was dabgerous has the right to refuse unsafe work and cant be disciplined

Not all provinces have that same language

So for this game if the players refused to play it “might” be declared by the labour board as an illegal wildcat strike/job action which can expose the union to penatlies and costs if the employer pursued it

In a rare joint statement by the league and the PA.

They’re using a third party to measure the air quality. Play will halt if it reads 7 or higher.

No word on what would happen if a game can’t be rescheduled. More likely to happen as the season goes on.


. More likely to happen as the season goes on.


I guess it would be in bad taste for me to tell them to ‘suck it up’ & play. :crazy_face:

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thats what they wish they could do when the air quality is bad


I’m surprised no one has mentioned the secret giant vacuum technology that sucks up air pollution prior to this :wink:

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