Jeff Keeping is going to challenge Scott Flory for President because some players do not like the current direction.
"To me, this union is on the verge of growing up and becoming more than just a way for Canadian Offensive Lineman to keep their salary at its peak. It's gonna be more representative of the entire league."
"In the last CBA the way it was structured, you know they did all these things to raise salaries, but they didn't do anything to raise salaries for the young guys, and as a result, the minimum in the league is still very low, and it's getting more and more difficult to attract good players to the CFL. And that eventually will erode the league. You know, the union can't just worry about a few guys. They have to worry about the future of all the players and how they can get paid, and they didn't do that in that CBA, and Flory was a major piece of that."
"Owning a Canadian Football League franchise is not the road to get rich right now. Most guys break even or even lose money. There are some teams that are making some money now, but it's not a lot. I don't have a problem with where the salary cap is right now, but it has to grow. And to make that happen, they have to work with the commissioner & with the league and make good things happen for the league. If you're an American football player right now with the state of the Canadian dollar & the minimum salary in the CFL, you're talking about playing football in Canada for$30,000US for 18 professional games? Then you gotta train all year to be in position to do it. It's a losing proposition, and the players have to be concerned about that. To me, the minimum has to go up. And that would mean taking money out of the pockets of quarterbacks and Canadian offensive lineman who are getting the lion's share of those dollars right now. That to me would have (it needs to be) a very hot point issue for this union right away."
"Gates are down in a number of places last year, and as well tv ratings weren't as strong as the league would like them to be, and that affects revenues across the board. So one way to make the league better is to make the play on the field better. One way to do that is to attract better Americans. We're getting the best Canadians that don't go to the NFL. We're not getting the best Americans that don't go to the NFL. And there's a threat from another league right now which is taking a bunch of good players. That bottom salary in the CFL is a major problem right now."
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