Considering the success of the CFL, and how well the CFL understand the Canadian Sports Market, I can’t help but wish the CFL would expand in to another sport, specifically Basketball!
My point is, why re-invent the wheel… I believe the head office of the CFL could act as an umbrella organization governing the business of two leagues. The CFL and the CBL (Canadian Basketball League).
The league could be opposite the CFL. Season starts with preseason games in December following the Grey Cup, and the Championship series/game would take place in May.
The infrastructure already exists. Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, London, Hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Saint John, Halifax… All major cities in Canada have at least one venue (thanks to Hockey), and I’m sure they’d all love to put more butts in their seats with more events, such as basketball.
Other Canadian basketball leagues have come and gone, I know, and think its because they just didn’t have that certain je ne sais quoi that the CFL has in spades.
I know the NBL of Canada exists, and I wish them all the luck in the world, but I don’t think they’ll succeed. But I believe the brains behind the CFL could make Professional Basketball work in Canada.