CFLPA ratifies new CBA with CFL

TORONTO -- The CFL Players' Association ratified a collective bargaining agreement with the Canadian Football League on Thursday night.

The CFLPA made the announcement via email. The players' vote came hours after the sides hammered out a seven-year tentative agreement -- and two days after CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie unveiled the league's final offer.

"We are pleased that players have now ratified a new collective bargaining agreement between the CFL and CFLPA," Ambrosie said in a statement. The CFL's Board of Governors will conduct its ratification vote shortly. We look forward to a successful season -- including preseason games this weekend -- and a long and productive partnership with our players."

With the players accepting the agreement, the league's exhibition season will open on time Friday night.

On Monday, the players voted against a tentative deal the union had recommended they accept.