CFL Players Vote to Not Ratify Labor Agreement; Talks are Continuing

CFL Players Vote to Not Ratify Labor Agreement; Talks are Continuing
By Mark Keast

Maybe they’re back sweating a little at Ontario sportsbooks like BetRegal, with new reports over the weekend that CFL players did not ratify the tentative labor agreement with the league.

According to Canadian Press, the CFL and CFL Players’ Association were talking again on Tuesday. The association had recommended accepting the seven-year agreement last week. Players were practicing Tuesday, despite the rejection of the latest contract offer.

Last week, sportsbooks in the Ontario sports betting market welcomed the tentative agreement, especially BetRegal (still to be licensed), the Official Sport Gaming Partner of the CFL. BetRegal has a lot of plans on the betting front involving the CFL.

PointsBet Canada is also in the CFL mix and has a sponsorship deal with the Ottawa Redblacks.

The 21-week season is scheduled to begin on June 9 with the Montreal Alouettes playing the Calgary Stampeders and runs through the end of October.

This will be the first full season since Ontario sports betting apps launched in the fully regulated market on April 4.

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Paysafe Expands OLG Partnership

Montreal-based specialized payments platform Paysafe on Tuesday announced the expansion of its partnership with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., which manages lottery games and internet gaming, including the PROLINE+ sport betting platform. 

The affiliate program is now powered and managed by the affiliate software of Income Access, Paysafe’s marketing technology and services provider.

The new affiliate platform is where digital publishers can further monetize their traffic by sharing info on available OLG products with their audience.

Paysafe has a long relationship with OLG, going back to 2015, when the company started processing payments for

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Battle of Alberta Revs Back Up Tuesday Night

There’s a lot of NHL betting talk on the odds front going into tonight’s games — the New York Rangers hosting the Carolina Hurricanes, first, with the Rangers looking to even up their series 2-2, That is followed by the Game 4 of the Battle of Alberta — the Edmonton Oilers vs. the Calgary Flames. The Oilers are up 2-1 in that one.

FanDuel Sportsbook Ontario has it this way — the Rangers (-114) and Oilers (-115) are the short favorites. Total in the Oilers-Flames series has shortened considerably to u6.5 (-114). The Rangers-Canes total is also a very low under 5.5 (-142).

In Wednesday’s action, Colorado’s prices (the Avalanche has the St. Louis Blues on the ropes, 3-1, in their series) everywhere have shortened. They are -240 to finish off the Blues in Game 5, +140 to win the Cup, and -210 to win the West.

Big mover in Conn Smythe market Tuesday was Nazem Kadri after his hat trick in Monday night’s game, a 6-3 Avs’ win. Kadri is now +2300.

Over at BetRivers Canada: Carolina is -110, the Rangers -106, Calgary +100, and Edmonton -115 on the moneyline and the puck line has Carolina -1.5 (+235), the Rangers +1.5 (-286), Calgary +1.5 (-240), and Edmonton -1.5 (+195). The O/U in the Rangers/Hurricanes is 5.5 (over +102, under -120), and in the Oilers/Flames 6.5 (over -104, under -114).

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Mark Keast

Mark Keast has recently covered the sports betting industry in Canada for The Parleh, and is a long-time sportswriter and editor, most notably with the Toronto Sun.

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