Here is an argument for a single division league. Consider that in the west with 2 weeks left in the season, the playoff picture is completely set. In the east, the playoff teams have been established as Hamilton is out. Let’s take a look & see what the league would look like if the divisions were abandoned.
2006 CFL League Standings as of October 17:
BC 11 5 22pts 2 Games Remaining
CGY 10 7 20pts 1 GR
TOR 10 6 20pts 2 GR
MTL 9 7 18pts 2 GR
SSK 8 8 16pts 2 GR
WPG 8 8 16pts 2 GR
EDM 5 11 10pts 2 GR
HAM 4 13 8pts 1 GR
Let’s assume a 6 team playoff with 1 & 2 earning byes while 3-6 play in the first round. Here BC wouldn't be wind-milling through its final two games as it still would have to fend off Toronto for 1st place & the right to play the worst team in the semi-final to the Grey Cup. Calgary would have both Toronto & Montreal on its tails for the right to host a Grey Cup semi-final instead of coasting through its final game. Saskatchewan would still be in the running for its first home playoff game since forever.
With the CFL making very little noise right now, a single division league would at least provide some compelling playoff scenarios & increase the number of meaningful games toward the end of the season. It would be good to gain exposure instead of having the sports media focus so heavily with the baseball playoffs which without the Jays have absolutely nothing to do with the sporting scene in this country.
I admit the run in the east is compelling. But bringing some of these western teams into the fold would add to the suspense heading into the playoffs.
I'm also a fan of tradition & seeing the East & West titles go would be a tough pill to swallow but bringing significance to the otherwise lame-duck games we get this time of year is important in selling the CFL. Perhaps the division titles could be retained & awarded to the team with the best regular season record in the classical East & West divisions without playoff scenario implications.