The idea behind the exclusion clause is to give players the opportunity to seize football opportunities with leagues that can play, like the NFL.
Lalji notes that the “cooperative tone” between the CFL and the CFLPA has “radically changed” in terms of how to manage the coronavirus crisis. The two sides have not met since Friday, as the league broke off all discussions following the proposal to withdraw from the AFCP.
The ALFCP sent a letter on Wednesday evening.
“They’re not looking to create a second layer of free agency by allowing all players to become free agents, but a opt-out can certainly do that,” reports Lalji.
Currently, all standard player contracts signed in the CFL contain the following clause on line 16:
“It is mutually understood and agreed that if the operation of the Canadian Football League is suspended, this contract will be immediately terminated and the remuneration to be paid to the player will be on the basis provided in paragraph 11 hereof.”
The ALFCP is ready to compromise with the league, but must return to the bargaining table to make it happen, said Lalji.
Week 1 of the CFL season was scheduled to begin on June 11, but the league has already announced that it will not begin until at least early July.