I don't expect sympathy. Failure to develop a strong, exciting quarterback (Toronto), and keeping a coach who's past his prime and two incompetent co-ordinators (BC) - both teams only have themselves to blame for their current predicament. But to continually have mediocre product served up in the 2 largest English speaking markets is bad for the league.
This is BCs 3rd straight poor start (following back-to-back 8-10 seasons). Remarkably, Empire was 88% full on Friday (24,117) - and loud - for a non-division opponent, but the season ticket base has taken a huge hit the past couple of years.
21K in Toronto for a weekend home opener not overly encouraging (despite the hot weather). But how many years has it been since the Argos have had an exciting offense?
Like it or not, we need these markets to be healthy for fan, media, and sponsorship interest.