CFL Preview - National Post

More good coverage of the CFL from the National Post
8) Some very good reads there !!! Thanks mikem !!!

A lot about the NFL and the so Called Threat...
oh Hum it Time for CFL Football
I am tired of Here about the NFL Threat
There is team Comming for Full NFL Season to Toronto This or next
So Here what where going to do Sing This Below
"Overture, curtain, lights,
This is it, the night of nights
No more rehearsing and hearsing our parts
We know every part by heart
Overture, curtain, lights
This is it, we'll hit the heights
And oh what heights we'll hit
On with the show this is it

Tonight what heights we'll hit
On with the show this is it."[/b]

I thought that story made some great points, and I don't think it's unfair to talk about the NFL "threat."

The fact that the Bills are coming to TO just makes that threat more real and more visible to a much greater audience, but the same threat has always been there. To doubt that is being shortsighted.

Lets face it, there are only so many entertainment dollars to go around and the CFL needs to be worried about each and every one, especially as a gate driven league.

I also think the author was quite correct by saying that the league office needs to take more control. It does look bush league (and I hate that term) that a season ticket holder decides the suspension fate of his own team's top LB. And it does look odd that a coach can dictate a media lockout at a time when the league needs all the exposure it can get.

Seriously, does anyone really believe that keeping his starting lineup secret gives any real advantage? Anyone with half a brain could look at their roster and start naming starters; and if they're wrong, does being wrong about a new DB or right tackle significantly alter your opponent's game plan?

The advertisements are a different matter however. The league needs to make that cash. They NEED it. Just so long as it doesn't tarnish the league image, which sadly it does in some cases.

ie. "The Scotiabank East Final" or the rumours of a sponsorship for the Grey Cup.

The CFL isn't the NFL, NHL or MLB and it has no business trying to pretend it is. What the CFL is is a uniquely canadian game with our own traditions that need to be respected while also showcased fairly to all of Canada.

8) I agree with most of your comments, however as far as CFL players wearing company logo badges on their jerseys, I am not a big fan of that look !!
However I also see the need for increased revenue so I will go along with it.  Advertisements all over the playing field is not much worse than the NHL boards being completely covered in company ads !!!

Ads on jerseys is not something I'm opposed to. Principally because football jersey's by nature preclude glaring and gaudy ads, simply by having big, bold numbers.

Besides, it works fine in soccer and actually drives merchandise sales. The number of times I've heard people say they want a new Arsenal/ManU/Wherever shirts with the proper ads and logos just to saty current is unreal.