I agree with you Espo, blaming the fans for a 2000 seat ticket base is ridiculous. It is the same dogma of what we had to suffer in pre-BOB years.
If my memory serves correct, there was a comment on the old website as to how there was 1, yes just ONE solitary individual to handle the ticket sales over the winter.
I agree, in that, if the CFL can wring a few concessions from the City re the rent. Get a good ownership group in place and not shaft them in the draft (as in previous drafts) where all that are available are the lower 1/2's of teams roster. Perhaps for the first 2-3 drafts give the expansion teams the #1, #2, #3 & #4 draft selections since that would allow them to build for the future much quicker or they could trade their draft positions for proven talent.
With good ownership, they should, within 2-3 years, be in the same SAD situation that we are currently in, where our biggest gripe for the present is with the sad ship named the "COMPASS". Our Cats have done phenomenal in presenting the Game and this year in upgrading the personell. Hopefully for the 100the Grey Cup they will surprise us and have a hometown party !!!!!
Had the league taken over Ottawa and ran them for the season, I was even prepared to purchase a pair of enzone seats in Ottawa and donate them to a charity up there (Ticat games excepted).
In many regards especially with the scheduling, it would be nicer to see the CFL look at two expansions simultaneously. Ottawa and then it would be Quebec vs Halifax. As you can see by the attendance quoted 3 x 23K and 1 x 19ish, there are people interested in going they just need to learn to pay for their tickets not just wait for the freebies that were in Ottawa to boost up the attendance.