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Saskatchewan Roughriders

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are a Canadian Football League team based in Regina, Saskatchewan, founded in 1910.

CFL players to vote on collective bargaining agreement

Although a tentative agreement was reached last Saturday between the CFL and its players, proceeding with a season is not a foregone conclusion.

The Riders will vote on their collective bargaining agreement Thursday. If six out of nine CFL teams vote yes the season goes on. If they vote no, that could pause the season.

While the worst-case scenario for fans would be to find a different form of entertainment for the summer months, other groups might not have it that easy.

Several charities rely on Saskatchewan Roughriders’ home games to raise money for their cause.

Ryan Smith proves to be a quick learner

There's nothing quite like the hype of training camp.

Every year there are one or two players who grab the spotlight and the attention of fans and media. Thisyear it actually began when Ryan Smith arrived at mini-camp in Florida.

It was impossible not to make the comparison; a short, soft spoken, hard working receiver from North Dakota had caught the attention of the coaching staff, just like one did back in 2008. While it's far too early to suggest Smith is the next Weston Dressler, it's not stopping some from thinking about it.

New quarterbacks ready to show their stuff in game action

The countdown to game day is on with the RedBlacks and Riders set to open their pre-season on Saturday.

We all know the outcome of the game doesn't matter and how a number of the players perform isn't greatly important either, but the game is a big one for those trying to win a job. That is especially true for quarterbacks Adam Weber and Seth Doege who are trying to land themselves a full-time job as the team's third string and perhaps even backup quarterback depending on how things go.

Roughriders achieve record profits in 2013

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced record sales and profits at their annual general meeting Tuesday evening.

The football club's total revenue for the 2013 season was $43.8 million, with another $25 million made on top of that by hosting the Grey Cup giving a grand total of $68.8 million in revenues. That brought in a franchise record profit of $10.4 million. The previous record was set at a $6.6 million profit.

To compare, the total revenue in 2012 was $34 million with a $1.1 million profit.

Injuries present opportunities for new Riders

Injuries are a fact of life when it comes to football and especially training camp.

As of Tuesday morning, the Riders' walking-wounded list sits at 11 players. Though some of them have been working out a little bit, Head Coach Corey Chamblin admits he is a little concerned even if the injuries do pile up this time of year.

"It is normal and I am getting concerned about it just because we have a game coming up," he said.

First year defensive backs making their case to stick around

Complacency definitely isn't settling in at training camp for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

During this off-season, it would have been easy for the team to just rest on their laurels when it comes the defensive backfield. Once Terrel Maze was re-signed it ensured that all of their starting defensive backs from the 2013 Grey Cup would return for the 2014 season - a group of defenders that showed very well down the stretch and into the post-season.

Veterans being pushed at Riders training camp

Football more so than perhaps any other sport can your career come to an end sooner than you know it.

Not only can the nature of the game lend itself to horrible injuries that might end a player's career but at training camps across North America every year veteran players are pushed hard by younger up and coming players. Sometimes those veterans lose their jobs because of those younger players.

Opinions vary in Riders locker room over tentative CBA

The CFL and CFLPA are closer to making sure games are played this season but there's still a long ways to go.

On Saturday the league and it's players tentatively agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement for the next five seasons. It was a somewhat surprising move after basically little to no talk since the previous agreement expired on May 29.

Now, there's plenty of talking as players across the league were quick to take to twitter and local media to share their two cents on the deal they will be voting on over the next while.

PHOTOS: Kids bleed green at Rider Fan Fest Day

The littlest of Rider Nation got up close and personal with their favourite players Saturday at Griffiths Stadium during the Rider Fan Fest Day.

The Roughriders wrapped up their week-long training camp with the fan day which drew hundreds of fans of all ages.

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Josh Bartel looking to build off All-Star season

There are many different paths to the Canadian Football League but few have the background that punter Josh Bartel has.

Bartel is coming into his third season in the CFL, first with the Saskatchewan Roughriders after he was picked up in an off-season deal with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Bartel isn't your typical non-import punter as his previous football experience actually comes from Australian Rules football rather than the CIS, NCAA or the NFL.

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