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« The NFL is like the Empire in Star Wars, they are looking to crush EVERYTHING. Why do you think the old AFL, the WFL, and the USFL sued the NFL for anti-trust violations? The AFL sued and were allowed to merge. The WFL lost their suit and folded. The USFL sued, won ($1 USD in damages), but folded. To keep growing, the NFL needs more fans and TV audiences. Canada is close (just like Mexico), has an "untapped" NFL audience, and the NFL is making inroads in both places. Do you think the NFL gives a flying *** about the long history and great football in the CFL? All they want are butts in the seats and, MUCH more importantly, eyes on the tube in Canada.
I am SURE the CFL broke off talks with the NFL this Spring (although Cohon will never admit it) because Cohon didn't want the CFL to become the NFL's developmental b*****. That is one decision I am glad Cohon made (probably the only decision I'm happy with thus far).
However, Cohon has to figure out a way to deal with the NFL that is advantageous for BOTH parties. Getting rid of 3-down football and a larger field to satisfy the NFL ain't gonna work. Neither will be having NFL team logo stickers on the back of CFL helmets like in NFL Europe. That being said, it would be nice for NFL teams to send players they have contractual relationships to CFL teams for "seasoning," if you will.
As far as ESPN goes, think about it, ESPN has recently established a relationship with the NFL after being "out in the wilderness" during its early years (remember Australian-rules Football on ESPN with the refs in those butcher jackets?) ESPN is big time now with NFL Monday Night Football, they are not going to jeopardize that with the threat of the NFL yanking their deal because ESPN wants to show CFL games.
The ultimate goal of the NFL, I'm convinced, is to have EVERY NFL game shown on their NFL network (hell, they'll probably have their own satellite soon - the DEATH STAR) shown exclusivey PAY-PER-VIEW. They pretty much have that already with DirecTV NFL Ticket (I pay out of the nose to watch each and every Oakland Raider game from Phoenix). The NFL does NOT take prisoners, and they have dealt - devastatingly - with "rogue" football leagues before. If the CFL isn't careful, it will be "YOUR league" alright - permanently.»