From Herb Zurkowsky:
(Alouettes co-owner Gary) Stern said he doesn’t believe the league should have played in 2020 — at least not under a Winnipeg-based hub concept, as was proposed. There were too many variables, he said, with little in the way of value.
Stern has been vocal in his criticism of the CFL business model, stating the governors — the decision makers — move too slowly to reach a consensus. But Stern believes a solution’s on the horizon. He said the league is close to adopting revenue sharing, believing the motion will be passed this season.
“All nine teams recognize the need to have nine healthy franchises,” Stern said. “In the past, more or less, there were six healthy and three (Montreal, Toronto and British Columbia) not healthy.
“We’ll be paying into that in two years,” he added, somewhat defiantly. “The CFL has to make changes that takes it into the future and makes the league more viable financially.”
While the CFL this week said its talks about a potential partnership or working arrangement with the XFL have ended for now, Stern believes there won’t be any future discussion, while intimating there never was a need for a collaborative effort.
“The nine teams have to get together and accept we have a unique game, with three downs and a wide field,” Stern said. “But we need revenue. Hopefully the fans are thrilled it’s over, come back and support us. I think they will but we, as owners, have to give them a reason to come.”