I just thought of this!
I find that out west (Wpg, SSK, EDM, Cgy, Van) the whole province are into the CFL.
I find that in the east (Ham, Tor, Mtl) only the people from those cities follow the CFL.
I deal with people in Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, etc. and I have found only a couple people who actually follow the CFL and hardly anyone who attends a game.
I feel that unless you are from say Hamilton, you don't really feel what it's all about. I think my generation, (I am 27) doesn't follow the CFL because of all of the media exposure of the NFL.
In my formative years, NFL football was on every Sunday from Week 1 - 17.
If you look back to the late 80s and early 90s when the CBC had games, their coverage didn't start until Labour Day and after that, they would only show 2 possibly 3 games a week.
It wasn't until the mid 90s when TSN got some rights to show games that early regular season games were actually show. CBC then started to show pre-Labour Day games but still, all of the games weren't broadcast.
If a kid out in say Woodstock likes football in the early 90s, what is he going to watch? All 16 games of the Bills or Lions or the 5 games of the Ticats? I'm sorry but it's tough to follow your team without watching them on TV.
TSN has done such a good job in broadcasting every game on TV and attracting more fans to the game. I think the youth of today are more into the CFL that people in their 20s and early 30s.
How can you attract fans not in your CFL towns if your games aren't on TV?
To summarize, the CBC really messed up the growth of the CFL with not showing so many games and giving us Chris Walby to analyze the games. TSN takes everything and makes it successful, take the World Juniors, and I hope when their contract is up, that the CFL does the right thing and renews their TV contract with TSN.