On Fridays, you're right - gate wins out, but on Saturdays I've always wondered why they have to start late, especially if the opponent is Hamilton or Montreal or something. Or why not a Sunday afternoon game? If it's October no one is at the beach.
Saturday is usually a double or triple header b/c CFL doesn't want to compete with NFL Sunday.
You already agreed that Friday is understandable. That leaves 3 games on Saturday or two on Saturday & one on NFL Sunday. So to avoid losing TV ratings vs NFL, the other option is 3 games Saturday. Giving there Is a three hour difference in time. So to be fair to East and West, they start the first game in the East around 2pm. Which is 11am in Vancouver. Thursday Sunday & Monday Don't bring in a great amount viewers. Keep in mind this will become more difficult if/when Halifax has a team.
I do look forward to any suggestions that is fair to all
Hockey doesn't really start until November and besides it's on CBC.
But the point is that TSN and CTV both have NFL football on Sundays. Why would they want to put the CFL up against it?
TSN gets some pretty good ratings on Saturdays
But that's not really the point. The point is that whenever they play they will be up against some for of NFL NHL competition. The only thing that I would keep the CFL away from is the Stanley Cup playoffs. Other than that they have to stop worrying so much what else is on.
I just don't know why the Lions are so afraid to have a game start in the fall at 4 instead of 7. I went to football games there for 40 years. I can count on my fingers how many of them kicked off before 7pm. They put in a retractable roof at tremendous expense 10 years ago to attract fans that don't like being indoors in summer and they still kickoff at 7. I don't get it.
I am a CFL fan and have been throughout my entire 73 years of life - and plan on living a lot longer too! I can respect the American game, but as a game, I believe the CFL is the better one. Unfortunately, Canadians far too often are overly impressed with the American glitz and glitter and during those cold winter nights have watched NFL on Monday nights - but this should never replace our loyalty for the CFL nor influence our judgement on good football. The game in Ottawa was played in horrendous conditions, but it was still fun to watch and the best team did win. This kind of game has and will continue to be seen in the NFL too. What all sports teams need to consider is - what impact is global warming having on their game? Game and weather conditions like what we just witnessed just might become the norm - so we need to start planning now.
Now, lets talk CFL Hamilton Tiger Cats - they are coming on and I am hoping to see a full rooster of first string players in the line-up soon. When this happens - watch out!
Now- everyone with me, 1- 2 and 3 - Oskii-Wee-Wee! Do it with a smile!