I'm an American occasional contributor & poster to the Forum. I have an interest in & appreciation of the CFL & would love to see a better TV situation for the American cable viewer who would like to see/follow the CFL. I'm a fan of the NCAA & NFL also for almost 40 years.
I have read many many topics & posts here about expansion of the CFL & one angle always seems to be totally omitted when CFL expansion discussed for Halifax, Quebec City, London, Moncton, & even back to Ottawa. Why is their never any corporation or rich investor or backing group that is in active pursuit of a franchise? If no one thinks football would be a profitable investment to make in any of these communities, or any other possibilities I may have missed; then how will these cities ever get teams?
If Halifax, (which first ALMOST had a team in 1984! 22 years ago & counting) is still waiting for some external circumstance (the 2014! Commonwealth Games) to provide them with only a small-medium size venue for a team to play in, doesnt that say something about how badly they truly want a team there? Would YOU be willing to make a 7 figure investment in a city that seems so indifferent? If the city really WANTED a team that badly, it would not be 22 years & counting for a Stadium to be built.
There are cheap ways to get a functional stadium in place. Caesars Palace in Las Vegas used to build & THEN TEAR DOWN a temporary Boxing Stadium in their parking lot every time they wanted to hold a big money championship fight card. There are companies that provide temporary stands, scoreboards & lighting systems for stock car tracks, fairgrounds, High School football stadiums, etc. in the US.
I would bet that the CFL has used similar companies when temporarily expanding the stadiums in Halifax & Quebec City to apx 20,000 for holding exhibition games. You could construct a 30,000 seat temporary stadium very cheaply & be playing football in either city NOW on a greenfield site if the demand was really & truly there.
My point is that if no one is clamoring & pushing for construction of Stadia, & if no big money groups, individuals or corporations are pushing hard for a team in any specific city, it has to be because they dont deem it to be a profitable situation. The key to expansion is to find an owner with the financial power, AND the extreme interest in a given city, to be willing to take some losses early & stick with it & see it through to an ultimate position of profit. What does anyone else think?