Well, my spin on this is a ther familiar one for those of you who are familiar with my posts on this issue.
First of all, let me say that I am an avid CFL fan. I think the pace of the game is good and it is an exciting product for fans and players alike.
However, let’s face facts - the vast majority of the football stars we like/hate to watch come from south of the border. There have been, most definitely, some great Canadians, but for the most part our best players are American. They are most likely here and in other football leagues because they couldn’t make it/were cut from…the NFL where they all would prefer to play. And who could blame them? Just look at NFL contracts! For most, that would be reason enough, along with the adulation, endorsements… For that matter, most NCAA contracts, at least for Division I schools, are better than those in the CFL.
This doesn’t mean that the CFL is an inferior product, but the fact remains that football simply doesn’t attract that much attention here. I certainly hope that changes some day.