After reading a few things on here about this new league, scheduled to begin play in the Spring of '08, I went to their website, www.allamericanfootballleague.com and decided to do my own investigating, to decide what, if any impact it would have on the CFL. In my humble opinion, it will have an impact, but most likely only in a positive sense, and even then, only a minor one, if at all. As far as whether or not it will succeed at all, only time will tell, and for those of you who will comment as to the many reasons why it won't, if it doesn't, your not at all a genius, this, as is any business endeavor, a very hard thing to succeed at. I only make that last point, to try and limit the naysayers, who beleive they're geniuses for stating, It won't succeed.
As far as the impact it will have on the CFL, again, I think it will only be positive, and minimal at that. NFLEuropa folded, and if you ask me, in addition to the money they where losing, the NFL decided, if someone else wants to run a minor league and foot the bill, go ahead, it can only benefit them. That is where I beleive it will benefit the CFL as well, if it does at all. This league is a minor league, and without using the word minor, they have all but said that is what they are. So, just like the NFL, the CFL, now has another training ground from which to scout talent. Of course, I understand, that it is yet another version of the American game from which to scout, but, last I checked about half the CFL, started out playing American Football. Also, on their website, the directly say, they'll be sending invitations, to any eligible player, without contract obligations to either the NFL, CFL, or NFLE(outdated). That being said, they did not mention the Arena league, meaning they won't mind haggling with that league over contract disputes, but aren't looking to take on the CFL, or NFL for that matter.
Personally, for me, if anyone read my All-Star game thread, this league, may prove itself to be a viable candidate to take on a group of CFL All-Stars. Of course, in that thread, I did give the nod to Mark Cubans UFL, over this league for chances of ever getting started up, and fielding quality teams. That opinion was based mostly on this league not starting this spring, which was initially planned, but there is something to be said for not rushing into things.