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TORONTO - The clock continues to tick and there are only minutes now before the current collective bargaining agreement between the CFL and the Players Association expires - but still theres no deal. Jim McMahon Bears Jersey . After almost two days of talks at a Toronto airport hotel, the CFL eventually did increase its financial offer and the union removed any revenue-sharing percentages from its own proposal, but talks between both sides broke down Thursday afternoon. The current CBA expired Thursday at midnight ET. Neither side knows when theyll meet again at the bargaining table, but the union wont stop players from reporting when training camps open Sunday and the league, too, wont stop any player from stepping onto the field. "No we wont [keep players away from the field]," commissioner Mark Cohon told TSN after both sides parted. "We want football to be played. We want them to vote on this best offer that we have for them." "Weve come to the table many times and theyve pushed away," union president Scott Flory told TSN before leaving the hotel to catch a flight. With so much on the line so late, its a frustrating and compelling moment in the immediate future of Canadian football. The sides met for over a 12-hour period Wednesday in the company of a third-party mediator and on the surface, everyone agreed those discussions were beneficial. "We thought we had good talks in the [Wednesday morning]," Flory, a former Montreal Alouettes offensive lineman said. "We had some [talks] without prejudice. We talked freely and we were allowed to discuss issues." "Great conversations [Wednesday] - some important issues that were important to the players - and we came back with some creative ideas," Cohon said. Cohon and his team - chief operating officer Michael Copeland, vice president of football operations Kevin McDonald, Calgary Stampeders president Ken King, Roughriders president Jim Hopson and CFL legal counsel Steve Shamie - presented the union with a base salary cap of $5 million in 2014, along with a clause that stipulated if in the third year of a new CBA (potentially 2016) the leagues aggregate revenues grew by $27 million compared to the previous year, the CFL would be open to renegotiating and possibly raising the salary cap. Cohon later called it the leagues "final offer." "In the discussions the players said to us Were really worried if you have some break-out revenues, some extraordinary opportunities - new TV deal, major, major sponsorship, all of a sudden all your stadiums are full - we want to participate," Cohon said. "We thought that was a major step forward for us." The players representatives at the table - union president Scott Flory, vice presidents Marwan Hage and Jeff Keeping, treasurer Brian Ramsay and CFLPA legal counsel Ed Molstad - tabled a counter proposal before 11:30am ET. It included a $5.8 million cap and $4.8 million minimum cap floor. The players also banished the revenue-sharing percentages from their previous offer, and in its place created a "Revenue Protection Clause." The clause offered the potential for a "fixed cap for a minimum of two years," and if league revenues in the third year - excluding money made from the Grey Cup - increased "more than $12 million," the league and union would reopen talks on the salary cap limit or the existing CBA would be void at the end of that season. "A system where the cap is tied to revenue," Flory said. "They are fixed on fixing the cost of the players. We came up with a system that we thought was incredibly reasonable, where there is a protection for guys. If revenues grow by a certain amount, we are just going to recalibrate the cap." The league met the players after 2pm ET, saying the unions proposal was unacceptable and walked out. "You get to a point in negotiations where you have to look holistically at whats important to our league - we have to protect and continue to try and thrive and build this league," Cohon said. "The reason [talks] broke down is the proposal from the players would set us back. We cant do that." "We tried to accommodate and make a deal because we want to be on the field," Flory said. "We want to play football. It is just clear to the other side that they are going to try and dictate terms to us. We arent willing to accept that." Cohon said the league couldnt accept the players math. "When we put our best offer on the table, which was a significant offer - and by the way we walked in and placed down all of our financials - we broke down each teams P&L (profit and loss) and based upon their proposal over two-thirds of our teams would be losing money," the commissioner said. The players offer also includes non-financial points - including one padded practice per week and the desire to have an independent neurologist on the sideline for every game - and a proposal to reduce contract option years. But differing methods to constructing, setting and growing the salary cap appears a wide gulf right now. The one thing both sides apparently agree on, however, is its up to the players to decide their next move. Union sources told TSN the players are awaiting all strike ballots and reviewing particular provincial labour laws before declaring to the league they have the will and right to strike at any time. Flory told TSN hes encouraging players to report to training camp. Ramsay (Edmonton Eskimos) and Keeping (Toronto Argonauts) are active players and both confirmed to TSN they will report to training camp Sunday. "We hear, we listen - you can see our proposal and the movement weve made...Were telling players to report to training camp. We want to play football," Flory said. Cohon wants the players to vote on the leagues offer. "Its really our final offer. Its what weve mentioned to the players; that is what weve said to the players," he said. "We want them to take this to a vote. We want to hear from the players. "Players are all coming to camp is what we hear - theyre reporting, the rookies are there, and the quarterbacks are there. Guys are flying in. We want them to take this to a vote and let the players speak." As members of both sides left the hotel, the third party mediator - who didnt offer his name or want to comment extensively on negotiations - smiled when asked if he could see some kind of conclusion. "These kind of negotiations usually get done," he said as he walked out the lobby door. Mike Ditka Youth Jersey .ca! There is plenty of blame to be shared as a result of the most recent NHL player (Pittsburghs Brooks Orpik) to be evacuated from the ice on a stretcher following an ugly incident Saturday night in Boston. Tom Waddle Youth Jersey . Whenever United loses, its crisis. When other top teams slip up, its the quirky nature of the Premier League. The predictable reaction speaks to the sky-high expectations for a team proven perennial contender and 13 times Premier League champion. . Hall had a goal and three assists in a 5-4 loss to San Jose on Tuesday, had an assist in each of Edmontons next two games the capped the week with a goal and two assists in the Oilers 4-2 win over Anaheim on Sunday.A lot has changed in the weeks since Gary Bettman left an NHL Board of Governors meeting in early December and suggested next season’s salary cap upper limit might be $73 million, up from $69 million this season. Bettman made his prediction when the Canadian dollar was worth 89 cents U.S. Since then, it has plunged 10 per cent and on Friday morning, was trading at about 80 cents. At the end of the 2012-13 NHL season, the Canadian dollar was worth 98 cents. Canadian NHL team revenues now are worth 18 per cent less in U.S. dollars. It’s near impossible to predict the dollar’s vagaries -- CIBC predicted the Canadian dollar would slip to 81 cents, but not until September -- and its difficult to say how the Canadian dollar’s swoon will affect the cap. “I have an idea of how it might affect the cap. It’s not as much as people are suggesting,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told TSN. “You also need to understand that (hockey related revenue) and cap numbers are all a product of year-long averages, not snapshots in time.” Asked whether the dollar’s decline could push down the salary cap by a few million dollars, Daly said, “I don’t expect it to be nearly that much. The NHL had anticipated that revenue in 2015-16 might eclipse $4 billion. To understand how changes in the value of the Canadian dollar might impact league-wide revenue, you’d need to have a clear understanding of how much income the league generates in Canada. Canadian team ticket sales account for about 11 per cent of overall league income and the NHL’s new $5.2 billion TV deal with Rogers - worth $433 million a year - is another 11 per cent. Then there’s Canadian corporate sponsorships, local broadcast contracts and other income, such as licensing deals. Sports banking officials who have worked on NHL team finances say at least one quarter of the league’s overall income comes from Canadian sources. There’s another pressure that could also drive down the cap next season. When Bettman predicted the $73 million cap, he was likely assuming that the NHLPA would, as it has done consistently in past years, opt to trigger a five per cent cap inflator. Pushing the overall salary cap limit higher drives up the amount of money available for potential free agents - bad news for a spartan free agent class this summer that’s headed by Martin St. Louis - but it also leads to higher escrow collections for all players. William Perry Youth Jersey. Players have become increasingly conflicted about this, several NHL player agents say. “Players are worried about paying additional escrow,” Ian Pulver, a former NHLPA executive and current player agent said in an interview. “It’s a vicious cycle. Over the course of 10 years, players have voted to increase the cap, to ride with increasing revenue.” Pulver said it would be a mistake not to trigger the escalator clause. Because there are a couple of bumps along the way shouldn’t mean the players shouldnt continue to increase the cap and force the major players — the NHL, the clubs and the NHLPA - to grow revenues. To vote against the increase of the cap because of a fear of escrow runs counter to the collective good and common sense. Last summer offered a glimpse at the angst players are feeling when they voted on whether to include the revenue from the league’s new $5.2 billion contract in this season’s cap. The players initially voted no, 16-14. But then NHLPA executive director Don Fehr called for a second vote, a source told TSN, and the players agreed that half the value of the TV deal would be included. That boosted the cap limit by about $1 million. Since then, Pulver and other agents say players have remained upset over the high escrow that’s withheld from their pay checks. This season, 14 per cent of player salaries are being withheld until the season’s final revenue figures are established. “Given that the value of player contracts is, and has remained, less than the full face value of their contracts over the last few seasons, players will certainly discuss over the next few months whether to continue to maintain the five per cent growth factor every year,” NHLPA spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon wrote in an e-mailed statement. “This will allow the executive board to make its decision with the benefit of a full discussion of the issues by the players. There’s a real chance players next summer will vote down the five per cent escalator, which, combined with the plummeting Canadian dollar, could mean a salary cap that peaks at closer to $70 million. The issue of the cap escalator will be a main topic of discussion when Fehr makes his tour of Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles during the second half of the season to meet with player agents. ' ' '

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