The other thing about the team being in Regina, and not Saskatoon, is because the team is very old … Regina may have been (and probably was) the larger of the two cities “back in the day” when the Roughriders (who were originally called the Regina Roughriders) were created. And they’re not gonna move a team every time the city its in loses its position as the biggest in the province!
I think the problem with putting a team in QC, though, is that most of the fans there are probably Alouettes fans - on the basis that it’s the only Quebecois team in the CFL. IMHO, I think it’s the same reason that a team in Saskatoon would be hard-pressed to work: the fans there are already hooked on the Riders. I could be wrong … Quebec City may never cheer for anything Montreal (I know they had a GREAT rivalry in hockey!).
Plus, the exhibition game stage at QC a few years ago drew a very, very disappointing crowd. Whereas the Rouge et Or can draw 19,000 to their games (which is incredible - good on 'em!!!), I think less than 9,000 showed up for a game featuring the Als.
I still say Halifax should have a team (and not Moncton). I didn’t know the market was bigger than Regina, Winnipeg or Hamilton … and look at how far down the list Moncton is!! Moncton may be more central, but are people really going to drive upwards of 1.5 hours for a single game? I doubt it. There are enough people in Halifax, and the population is CONCENTRATED there - which I think it needs to be. It’s the same knock against inner BC … there may be a total of 1,000,000 living there, but it’s spread out over an area the size of New Brunswick … so crowds would end up being very small.
I believe the Ottawa Senators have had attendance issues in the past (and look at THEIR team! They’re GOOD!) … and, the Corel Centre is way out in the middle of nowhere, as far as I can tell …