- This discussion started at riderfans - but it's time for other opinions.
Keys to a successful CFL All Star Game Concept:
Neutral site game.
The game can then be sold as an event, not just another exhibition game.
Pre-season vs. mid or post-season.
Mid - doesn't work mainly because of a already crowded season; and the potential, no matter how remote, of losing a player for the playoff run.
- Remember, these are the "stars", not the "role players".
Post - isn't great because the Grey Cup hype is over, the NHL and NFL are rolling, and players are generally beat up and worn out from a hard season.
- Weather restrictions. A week after Grey Cup is not going to be pleasant in most locations within Canada. That is, going with the non-CFL city theory.
Touchdown Atlantic covers all of the above issues.
If you are a promoter/sponsor of the Halifax game, you have a guaranteed product to sell... and quality - the marquee players rather than 2nd and 3rd string prospects.
Plus you don't run the risk of a team folding at the last minute, and ruining the entire effort.
The CFL should have an all-star game, and not be the only pro league without one.
The venue and timing would work with the existing schedule.
The injury issue?
Utilize the Pro Bowl "limited contact" regulations.
The NFL actually has rules in place, designed to prevent injuries... no blitz, stunts, etc.
All easily implemented for a CFL all-star game.