flutiefan02 has definitely a simplistic approach; he takes all gross revenue and he assumes that the football operations are between 15 and 16 millions,hence his surplus of $16 millions.
Yes,the 2011 gross revenue of the Riders were roughly at $38.1 millions,but these revenue included roughly $10.3 millions in merchandise,$6.0 millions in sponsorship,$3.6 millions in concessions,etc,etc.; these gross revenue were partially offset by expenses of roughly $7.1 in merchandise,$2.0 millions in concessions and $238,010 in sponsorship. Like we say,in order to make ,oney you have to spend money. In flutiefan02 simplistic approach, the gross revenue of roughly $10.3 millions in merchandise is a surplus of $10.3 millions; he forgets the costs of $7.1 millions to purchase the merchandise. Same "raisonnement" with sponsorship,concessions,etc.
For the Riders,the exact excesses of revenue over expenses were at $6,588,980 in 2011 and $3,148500 in 2010. Good results and envy of all other CFL teams but quite different than flutiefan02 numbers. With flutiefan02 numbers, the CFL should pay TSN to broadcast the games rather than the opposite.
The Eskimos had excesses of revenue over expenses of $637,806 in 2011 and $173,813 in 2010,excluding Grey Cup game.
The Bombers had excesses of revenue over expenses of $3,014,592 in 2011 and $697,639 in 2010.
While I don't have numbers/facts to prove what I write, I am under the impression that Toronto,Hamilton,probably Montreal and even BC lost money in 2010 and 2011. For BC, it excludes the Grey Cup game. I do know for a fact that in order to operate without losses all these teams have to average close to 25,000 paying customers per game. It is imperative, for the "survie" of some of these teams, that what TSN pays has to be no less than $30. millions and as much as $36.millions a year once the current agreement expires.-end of 2013- I expect it to be between $30 and $32 millions.