Riders Practice Cancelled as CFL Players Begin Strike

This is the first strike in the CFL since 1974.

The Riders announced that their first practice was cancelled Sunday morning.

The CFL and players’ association were unable to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The union has directed players from seven of the CFL’s nine teams to participate in a work stoppage beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on Sunday.

The Riders are scheduled to play their first pre-season game on Monday May 23 at Mosaic Stadium against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. It’s believed that the Riders and Blue Bombers would need to be in training camp by Wednesday to be properly prepared for a pre-season game.

If not, there is the possibility of pre-season games being rescheduled or cancelled because of the dispute.

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