"The decision to carry CFL games on U.S. networks was greeted enthusiastically by both the CFL and by the network. Jake Gaudaur has always felt that U.S. exposure is essential in helping the CFL recruit players. While the all-sports ESPN network has been carrying the game for two seasons and had built a respectable following, the NBC coverage promised to bring the Canadian game into more U.S. homes than ever before. As for the networks they were only happy to pick up the only real professional football being played in North America at the time. The fact they were picking it up for a bargain $50,000 a game made it even more attractive."
"It was disappointing," said CFL director of administration Ken Derrett. "The problems was the timing, If the players had gone on strike two or three weeks earlier we would have had some great TV games, like ...36-35 game between Winnipeg and Saskatchewan. The timing was just off."
"And in show business, that's the difference between a hit and a miss."
I have been looking for actual game tapes from the NBC broadcasts for decades. Unfortunately, not many people had VCRs in 1982. At this point I don't know if any tapes still exist. If anyone knows different, please PM me.
Interesting. Yea if we had that NBC deal in Baltimore we may still be there. In the end I think its better we stay all Canadian. We're the only all Canadian Team league. Even the CHL has Seattle and Lewiston, and Portland as well, among others.