Started by TecnoGenius, April 08, 2022, 07:33:23 AM
Quote from: theaardvark on April 07, 2022, 06:07:20 PMWonder if players are going to regret signing before the new CBA? Or does the new CBA preempt current deals?
Quote from: TecnoGenius on April 08, 2022, 07:33:23 AMYa, what's up with the CBA? Isn't it getting down to crunch time?I hope Solly creams the CFL this time. It is still Solly there, right? Players really get the shaft. And I'm a "management" type guy, so this is really saying something.I think many people would love to earn $64K minimum for half a year of part time work.
Quote from: TecnoGenius on April 08, 2022, 07:33:23 AMYa, what's up with the CBA? Isn't it getting down to crunch time?I hope Solly creams the CFL this time. It is still Solly there, right? Players really get the shaft. And I'm a "management" type guy, so this is really saying something.
Quote from: Blue In BC on April 08, 2022, 03:35:23 PMI think many people would love to earn $64K minimum for half a year of part time work.
Quote from: theaardvark on April 08, 2022, 04:29:14 PMComparing CFL to NFL, you can't. Total different economies of scale.Comparing CFL to any other football league, again, you really can't. Being stuck in the middle, $64k/yr is like $30/hr over the year, for 40hrs/week, 50 weeks a year. Not many entry level jobs pay that, but most og these guys have degrees, so should have earning potential at or above that in $US without having to live in Canada... so is it really that great? We see players who are more than capable of making rosters retiring to go to post football jobs every year.So, really, from the CFLPA aspect, for NAT's, sure, $64k is pretty sweet, especially is you play at home. For INT's, the main focus is showcasing for NFL opportunities, or playing for much more than $64k here. I'm not sure they really understand that, or can articulate that in negotiations. To make the league more attractive to better players, the NFL avenue MUST be enhanced, not closed. And to keep high calibre INT talent here after that window closes, we need senior man clauses, non-SMS veteran resigning bonuses, multi-year bonuses, 401k/pension bonuses, extended health care, etc. $paychecks are the most visible aspect, but possibly the least important one long term.The league will never give guaranteed contracts. Players need to negotiate a larger "signing bonus" clause. Its a close to a guaranteed contract as they can get. I do think the players need more, but not in $$$, but rather opportunity and support.My win/win CBA?Min 2 year entry deal at min salary with an NFL window starting after the GC and ending before the NAT draft. Re-signing bonus allowed up to 10% of contract outside the SMS. No limit to how many/how much can be used per year, per team. 401k/pension match by league for approved deposits up to 15% of payments made on an annual, non accruing basis.Health insurance while under CFL contract, and for a variable number of years after final game cheque based on total years/games played.Educational bursaries, again based on total years/games played.Cap stays where it is, or even drops 10% in concession for new benefits and in consideration of current economic situation. Min salary matches cap (stays the same, or drops 10%). Both to be evaluated annually should TV revenue / attendance increase.
Quote from: Blue In BC on April 08, 2022, 04:53:23 PMThe 1st point is that CFL football is NOT a full time job even during the season. It's money for 6 months work. Nobody is twisting the arms of players to play football.The 2nd point is that these ideas like many of yours are just out to lunch. Trying to find ways outside / circumvent the SMS? Nutso. The SMS is only part of the equation, there is also profit and loss and not every team is able to increase costs both inside and outside of the SMS.
Quote from: Sir Blue and Gold on April 08, 2022, 05:32:55 PMAsk Andrew Harris is playing in the CFL is a 6 month job. He would have been much more effective last season and would still be a Bomber today if it was. Agree with you on the other points though.
Quote from: Blue In BC on April 08, 2022, 05:44:28 PMAthletes train all year round. It doesn't prevent them from finding additional work during the season or between the start of the next season. He also wasn't being paid an ELC wage.
Quote from: Jesse on April 08, 2022, 06:21:32 PMlol at expecting players to find work during the season.
Quote from: Pigskin on April 08, 2022, 06:41:39 PMThere are a number of Bombers work in the off season or go back to school. Some even work at there careers during the season.
Quote from: Blue In BC on April 08, 2022, 06:42:00 PMLots of them do. Some work in real estate, some work in finance for example. Some older players open business's like restaurants. It's easier for the Canadians perhaps but it's nevertheless true.Not every non football job is full time time requirement either.
Quote from: theaardvark on April 08, 2022, 08:11:22 PMIts not a full time job, but it does require full time dedication if you want to stay employed. Look at AH33 last off season. He didn't work at football full time, and showed up to camp unready to compete. So, no, its not full time and no one is twisting anyone's arm to do it. But to do it right, you have to want to do it, and work year round, especially as you age...I'm not trying to circumvent the SMS... but rather enhance it. All "SMS circumvention" would be capped. And I guess you missed my point of actually reducing the SMS, which would compensate for the potential to increase it by a maximum of 10% to re-sign veteran players....
Quote from: Jesse on April 08, 2022, 06:46:03 PMOf course they need to work in the off-season. Most salaries don't support the year round training that's required.But pretending that football is a part-time job (during the season) is ridiculous. Just because some guys are forced to do it doesn't mean it should be this expected outcome.
Quote from: Blue In BC on April 08, 2022, 08:34:05 PMNo you tried to circumvent ( enhance ) the SMS on one hand and decrease it on the other. 1 year contracts with 10% re-signing bonus's? Just look at the 1 yer deals for Hardrick, Bryant, Bighill, Jeffcoat and Jefferson a nearly $200K each on average. That's $1M and 10% re-signing bonus excluded from SMS would be $100K for just those 5 players. Collaros @$550K would mean a re-signing bonus of $55KThat's not an enhancement and it would vary from team to team depending on how many high paid veterans were involved. It changes the equal playing field the SMS is intended to create. Even if you cap the enhancement, it still creates potentially an uneven use between teams which again is the opposite of the SMS intent.
Quote from: theaardvark on April 08, 2022, 08:47:59 PMJust like every rule, it is meant to be utilized and will be by every team. You spend to the cap. 10% re-signing bonus for vets, if every contract included it, would mean maybe 6% increase in cap. Maybe. Probably less, maybe 200k. Which you are allowed to exceed the cap by already, if you want. And some teams have found other ways to circumvent the cap and sign star players for suspiciously low contracts... The key here is retention of players. Like the NHL and extending max term for re-signing, or the max contract in the NBA only being allowed for players signing with their current teams , it would be an advantage for a team to re-sign its players. Because contracts are not guaranteed, the NHL and NBA clauses would not work. So, you need another way to do it. By giving teams a "slush fund" outside the cap that they can use *if they want/need to* to retain players, you create more continuity. The actual budget, especially if the cap is adjusted down, would be the same... just you'd be allowed to spend more on your own players.
Quote from: TecnoGenius on April 09, 2022, 12:38:30 AMI was more thinking 2 things:1. Multi-year contracts should be reciprocal: if the team can hold the player to it, the player should be able to hold the team to it. (Or they can both agree to terms to cancel it.) If the teams are scared of reduced production, put more of the contract into incentives.2. Every year the CFL loses players to retirement before their time, and I bet a ton of them would stay if they earned a lot more $$. Medlock & Goose come to mind. This especially hurts with talented NATs. And we're getting awful at attracting talent at QB and kicker from the USA (and probably other positions). More money for players would help that.
Quote from: The Zipp on April 10, 2022, 05:23:21 PMIt's a full time commitment for 6-7 months of the year. Does it provide a liveable wage for 12 months? Depends on your living & family situation and your salary - for some it might be and for others it isn't.
Quote from: theaardvark on April 10, 2022, 08:53:09 PMConsidering the min CFL salary is more than double the annual minimum wage... should be liveable.