CFL money demands add up to little

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The smaller the pie is, the harder hungry folks will fight for it. Certainly the CFL and CFLPA feel that way, as they’re close to entering a work stoppage in a dispute over—among other issues such as revenue sharing and player safety—the size of the league’s salary cap. The players have proposed averages of about $5.7 million per team, while the leagues proposals are closer to about $5.15 million. In other words, the entire difference between the union and the league could be bridged by one season of Alouettes receiver Chad Johnson’s NFL salary during his heyday with the Cincinnati Bengals. In fact, when compared to most North American pro sports dollar figures, the CFL’s problems seem pretty petty.