I need a heavy hitter to get on board with me and convince the CFL that exhibition games are redundant and nothing more than a cash grab and easy money.
Years ago the main job was working in the department store selling appliances or some such and the side job was football. Training camp was about getting in shape and building a team.
Now we hear that it’s not a six month season anymore but a year round job to stay game ready and the corresponding requirement to be paid as such. No problem with that.
Toss in the lame 4th string lineups the teams are showing up with and the full price ticket the season ticket holder has been required to buy with the package. Excuses of not wanting to risk injury in a meaningless game means you get to watch someone play the only game of CFL football they will ever play before being cut the following Tuesday.
Teams know who they are going to play well before it comes to exhibition games.
I say play whoever you want but there’s two points on the line. Might actually be a really good idea given the current CBA issues and timeline.
An intriguing idea! I think the exhibition games still serve a purpose in evaluating players, but I don't agree with charging full price for tickets to watch backups. Also, one or two exhibition games should be plenty. No need to drag out the pre-season.
I still see Ex games as valuable. We have no idea who has made the team if they are on the bubble and must show something in an ex game. I DO know that Mike Reilly made the Lions because he played well in his last quarter played in his Ex game in in second year. Both he and Wally have acknowledged this. And Wally told him so before he was assigned the quarter-this was in his second year as 3rd string.
I sure wouldn’t put more value on games post Labor Day. The East in particular only seem to use reg season as a practice schedule as it stands now. They seem to play to win only 8-9 games now which drags the CFL down as a whole.
If that were the case, Eastern teams would be able to afford going out West to play an exhibition game. After Jim Popp complained of the high cost (about $250,000) a few years ago, cross-country pre-season games are no longer scheduled.
Mexico for training camp…I like that idea!
MLB does it with spring training in Florida and Arizona, and it creates tons of fans. As a former resident of Fort Myers, I became a Twins fan just because they trained there, and I could catch a few games.
hahaha...I LOVE to go to training camp for a day FYB.
You live in BC...have you ever gone to TRU in Kamloops to watch? It's terrific. Great views, nice restaurants before or after. Very fun way to spend a day actually...wonderful roadie for you.
No disrespect but how did you like going to the games that counted? Practice is still there.
One of the original points was that the players no longer use training camp to get into shape and are physically ready to go from day one give or take a few oddballs here and there. Agree that the evaluation process would be initially challenged but "winners win and losers lose" is what we were told
Something on the line makes it more interesting. Better for the fans is better for the league.
This simply isn't true. They have a pretty good idea....but there are always surprises and more importantly, they players that are fighting for spots behind starters are far from determined. Those depth guys (who might become starters in time) are very much in question before these games. Every team has a handful of players that win and lose jobs in these games.
Also...it is my understanding that most teams throw in the preseasons for free for ST holders.