Theres a lot of threads right now about improvements to the CFL, so heres my bit. A thought on the cap increase today, it's great, it gives teams the money ($150, 000) to either sign another star player(or pay his signing bonus) or three more decent players.
College Level Football
Canadian college football is currently a joke, it needs to be better supported by us, played on networks like TSN or CBC, athletic scholarships are needed to achieve this feat. I would like to see each school with 15, 000 seat stadiums, and big football schools like Western, Queens, Saskatoon and Mac with 25, 000 seat stadiums. No one should say the schools can't afford scholarships, these schools are loaded. Being able to watch the young players develop from university to pros is huge, it puts more fans in the seats. The 6 round draft should be televised, and it should be a serious event, not just drafting players for the sake of having Canadian's to fill your roster, drafting players because they are the best at that position available, and it fills one of your teams needs. Also a 3 round NCAA draft should be held, It doesn't need to be televised, maybe they could show it on broad band over the internet. University football is where it starts, and is the most important aspect to improve our great league to be even greater and eventually be an empire.
Import non import ratio should be even, it should be half and half, and you shouldn't be forced to start a certain amount of either. Also with fewer Canadian's, you would only see the best ones, and it would make Canadian players look better. We would also be able to see more American talent which is good also. I would like to see more Canadian's starting, but I would also like to see better football, and the CFL has been a snore fest when it comes to offense the last few years, and if it means starting more Americans then might as well. Advertisement
The CFL needs to put more commercials on TV on stations like CBC, TSN and the Score. Also local TV stations have to advertise the local team. I'm not sure if they do this any where else, but they did it a few years ago on CH (Hamilton). I haven't seen anything advertising the Argo's. Logo's need to be put on the field's, and billboards around the teams cities. Also some beer commercials would be nice [img. Maybe some free shirts in beer cases would help to.[/img][/b]
[/b]Expansion Is a must, we need a coast to coast league, with teams in Ottawa, QBC, Atlantic Canada, and some where in the west, and maybe another in Ontario. Enough said there, the topics been covered endlessly.
The CFL needs to strengthen on the aspects i talked about, and alot of people are going to say i think to big, and they are happy that we have our own league here in Canada, and were doing our own thing, but the fact is it could be a lot better, and it needs to be, it currently isn't a coast to coast league like the NFL, and it should be, because CFL stands for CanadianFootball League, and should cover the whole map. We need to make our great sport even greater and build an empire.
Just one last thing. I am sick of going into sports stores and other stores and seeing piles and piles of NFL, NBA, MLB and NASCAR merchandise. Stores need to start carrying CFL merchandise, and if they won't, the CFL should open a few stores in some major cities. We need to build our league up, and the smallest things like clothes and other souvenirs help. I know i started to like the Tiger-Cats when i received a hat for my 8th birthday.