#1 rule and the only way it can be done is by having the 3 minute clock rule for the entire game. The CFL problem is not the rules itself but the game has changed too much.
When I played in the league we had the same issue with o vs d. The complex coaching schemes and the work they put into the game has not changed. The quality of players up/down the roster has improved. The star players are not as elite. But the one thing that always was there was when the ball is in the offense hands. The fans of that team felt they had a chance to get something accomplished in that drive. First down/field possession/score
Today everything changes causes of the clock rule. The game is different yet the same however the rules of the clock hurt the offenses.
When a team holds possession and move the ball 40 yards it takes up 9 minutes of the clock. The clock runs off out of bound plays, converts, first downs. It does not make sense.
Countering this rule will bring up complaints that the game is too long. No it will not. I know the NHL has almost no commercials compared to the days I lived in Canada watching games on Hockey Night In Canada. Limit the commercials and spot the commercials accordingly and you can provide more plays for the seconds that is used.
This is the only way the CFL will be great again. As of now it is dreadful football cause there is no responses in any game. 2 scores occur and you are left with 5 minutes left in the half/game and there is nothing you can do to get your team ready for the next series accordingly. Especially compared to NFL/NCAA.
The CFL must fix this issue or you will have someone drastically change the game like have 1 more player on offense. This is the road you will be driving down unless you make this change.
As a former CFL legend you must make this a fan mission. Make the CFL a great football league again!
FIX THE CLOCK