So, I'm reading that that the talks for the new CBA aren't going well. Now, I'll assume this is all about the "process" of negotiations and requesting unreachable demands is part of the "opening salvos" Personally, I find this part of the process a HUGE waste of time as both parties pull down their pants waving their junk around to see who's is the biggest, BEFORE actually having a meaningful, logical conversation on how each party can be successful.
Alright, as a 35 year fan of the league and representing, the largest supplier of revenue to the CFL, I wish to place myself as part of the negotiations of the new CBA:
Ladies and Gentlemen of the CFL, as fans, we carry signifcant weight in the success of this league, our piece of the revenue pie far outweighs any TV revenue or any advertising revenue. Our hard earned dollars go into buying seats, merchandise, food and beverages during games. You wouldn't have that beautiful TV contract if not for the millions of people who watch the games, advertisers wouldn't put the big bucks if they knew we weren't looking at them. So we suggest you listen.
Now we commend you both for stabilizing the league, providing the best talent overall in decades and having the facilities in which the games are played upgraded.
We see that the negotiations for the new CBA have not progressed as well as you both were expecting, so as a fan base we'd like to provide you with a perspective from the largest customer base you have:
CFLPA: 56% of revenue - really? I could respect the subject profit sharing, but we'll assume you already know about the small margin the CFL franchises make. If you want a piece of the revenue, then be responsible for the expenditures too. We hope you're advocating for larger rosters and higher wages for those at the lower end of the scale, practice roster salary increases and minimum salary increases should be looked at with the health of the league in good shape right now.
CFL Owners - No talk of an increased SMS - really? Do we have to be that childish? You just signed a TV deal that increases the TV revenue in the neighbourhood, doubles it's size. We know there are some franchises where the margin is tight and you're due for your share, but you cannot look at the employees of the league and think they aren't responsible for your success - not only the players, but your office staff.
Now there are other items up for discussion that rational people can figure out, but let's be honest this is about money and how much of an increase is in for the players. We have a pretty simple idea that both can hate or like.
SMS - one time increase of $300 - $500K, do what you can, agree on more players, higher minimums - figure it out.
PROFIT share - There's not a lot to pass out, but that's the reality of this league. We're just seeing an improvement in the stadium offerings across the league, Calgary and Montreal remain the last franchises with no plans for a stadium, financing and paying for refurbished stadiums or new stadiums should be a priority. After that making sure we have the best and brightest marketing and selling the league. What ever is left after that split 50/50.
Put something together that you can deal with, make it for 4 years. After 4 years, rinse and repeat. There's no need for huffing and puffing - stop this silly Union Vs Management BS, negotiate like neighbours or better yet, business partners.
Fair warning: Don't piss us off.