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TORONTO -- Players on the Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders will hold a strike vote Saturday. Veterans on teams outside Alberta have already voted and are in a legal strike position but the Eskimos and Stampeders were unable to vote earlier due to provincial labour laws. If they vote in favour of a strike, the earliest they could do so is Wednesday night in accordance with the legislation. The CFL and its players have been without a collective agreement since May 29. The CFL exhibition season is scheduled to begin Monday night with the Toronto Argonauts visiting the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but with players on both teams in a legal strike position, that game could be threatened. CFL Players Association president Scott Flory didnt return a telephone message Friday while a league spokesman said commissioner Mark Cohon wasnt available for comment. The Eskimos and Stampeders will include their rookies in the vote because Alberta law requires all players to participate. Traditionally, first-year players dont vote because theyre not recognized as certified union members, but the players association is allowing them to do so to counter any potential legal challenge from the league. Some other teams in the league will also hold second votes Saturday to include their rookies. The two sides have been negotiating on a new collective bargaining agreement since February but reached an impasse on Monday when the league rejected the players latest offer. The league and union last met face to face May 29. Despite turning down the players offer Monday, the CFL extended the ratification bonus deadline to midnight ET on Friday. If the players accepted the leagues final offer in that timeframe, veterans would receive a $5,000 bonus while rookies would get $1,500. However, a league spokesman said the bonus clause would be taken off the table after the deadline. There has only been one strike since the CFLPA was formed in 1965. Three weeks of training camp were lost in 1974 before a new agreement was reached. No regular-season games were affected. The 2014 regular season is scheduled to kick off June 26. The two sides dont appear to be far apart on financial issues. The CFLPA has requested a $5.2-million salary cap and $4.8-million minimum. The CFL has countered with a $5-million cap. The two sides have agreed on boosting the minimum salary $5,000 to $50,000. After demanding specific revenue-sharing percentages, the CFLPA offer called for a fixed cap for at least two years. After the second, if league revenues increased by more than $18 million -- excluding the Grey Cup -- the two sides would renegotiate the cap or the entire agreement. The CFL offer called for the cap to be renegotiated if its revenues increased by $27 million or more in the third year. Non-monetary issues, such as player safety, practice roster size, eliminating the option year on CFL contracts and practice times, are also sticking points. 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Carleton picked up its fourth straight national mens basketball title, and 10th in the last 12 years, with a 79-67 victory over its crosstown rival on Sunday.(SportsNetwork.com) - At the end of the day, the call was right and the rule is wrong, but the only process that really mattered on Sunday was the one where Mike Pereira became a bigger story line than Aaron Rodgers or Dez Bryant. Rodgers was nearly perfect on two late scoring drives and his 316 yards passing on a partially torn left calf helped the Green Bay Packers rally from their first Lambeau Field deficit since Week 2 to top the Dallas Cowboys, 26-21, and reach the NFC title game. Those facts bury the lead, though, as Bryant hauled in a catch for the ages late in the game on a 4th-and-2 play from the Green Bay 32, climbing over Sam Shields in circus-like fashion to seemingly put the Cowboys at the 1-yard line, inches away from taking the lead. After review, however, referee Gene Steratore, with help from New York and noted Jerry Jones party bus inhabitant Dean Blandino, ruled that Bryant did not complete the process of the catch, a nod to the so-called Calvin Johnson Rule because Bryant did indeed bobble the football after slamming it on the ground while reaching for the end zone. Sorry @dallascowboys, the Lions organization wrote on Twitter after the play. We know the feeling: #CompletingTheProcess. The irony was strong on all sides because the Cowboys were the recipient of an advantageous non-call on a potential pass interference call last week against the Lions, a development that helped Dallas earn the trip to Lambeau in the first place. This time, by the letter of NFL law at least, the Zebras got it right. Bryant going to the ground. By rule he must hold onto it throughout entire process of contacting the ground, Blandino, the NFLs vice president of officiating, wrote on Twitter. He didnt so it is incomplete. Of course Bryants effort for the ages was a catch in the minds of everyone except those wearing Green and Gold glasses and the NFL, a league hamstrung by over-legislation in which common sense is replaced by five people on the face of the planet who have the ability to explain this nonsense while keeping a straight face. The rest of us learned at a very young age that what Bryant accomplished on Sunday in Green Bay was one hell of a catch -- one that woulld make Jerry Rice, Randy Moss or Odell Beckham Jr.dddddddddddd proud. I by no means cheer for Dallas but I have no idea what or how thts (sic) not called a catch, OBJ tweeted. Thts (sic) a joke. Enter Pereira, the former VP of officiating for the league that now makes his living as a rules analyst. FOX was forced to lead its post-game coverage of the contest with Pereira instead of the brilliance of the injured A-Rod or Dez. And thats a shame as another playoff game is going to be remembered for a good man (Steratore) properly officiating a dumb rule which defies common sense. Ive long argued that the very existence of people like Pereira should highlight the problem. Think about it, are there rules analysts dotting the telecasts of NBA or MLB games? Of course not because there is no need for them. You might argue so and so made a bad call in a particular game but the rules in those sports are straight forward and dont need tortured explanations from people with a PhD in contradiction. In football we have Pereira or Mike Carey to tell us that DeMarco Murray can perform the exact same action as a runner and its Cowboys ball at the one. On the other hand, a receiver like Bryant has to turn from acrobat to running back in one fell swoop before completing the play by holding tightly on the football because the ground can indeed cause a fumble for a pass catcher. A technicality not only ruined a great play, it stained the legacy of a tremendous football game. To his credit Cowboys coach Jason Garrett took the high road after the game, saying he thought it was a catch but This game wasnt about officiating we had 60 minutes to win. Bryant was predictably upset. What am I supposed to do? Im just reaching for the goal line. I dont understand, he said. Im begging them: Please, please, please take that rule out. Dez may get his wish. A trip to the NFC Championship Game or a permanent position on NFL Films greatest plays list might be preferable but this controversy could serve as the impetus for change. After all the only rule worse than this one in the NFL may be the leagues self-imposed degree that ignores proactive measures in favor of reactive ones. 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