- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

TORONTO (AP) - The Canadian Football ratified its collective bargaining agreement with the CFL Players’ Association on Friday.

The league’s board of governors accepted the five-year deal during a conference call. The CFLPA voted Thursday night in favor of the deal that includes a $5 million salary cap in the first year.

“This agreement provides stability for our teams at the same time it improves pay, health and safety, and mobility for players,” CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to a successful season and working together to grow this great league.”

The new deal runs through May 15, 2019, or the first day of training camp that year. But if the combined revenues of the nine teams - excluding the Grey Cup - increase by more than $27 million in any year of the agreement, both sides will renegotiate an increase to the salary cap starting in the 2016 season.

The deal also changes how players are classified. Instead of being known as non-imports and imports, they’ll be called nationals and internationals.

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