There has been much discussion on some of the other boards about revamping the CFL's playoff format. Some are in favour of doing away with the current two division system. Some believe that the two division system is actually detrimental to the CFL. Some want the best 6 teams based on wins/losses to qualify for a playoff position. Others believe the CFL needs to expand to 10 or even 12 teams in hopes of bolstering interest.
There have been some good arguments on both sides but the idea of a 10-12 team CFL league caught my eye.
Is a 10-12 all Canadian team league even possible? Here are some reasons why I cannot see a 10-12 team league in the near future or even in the distant future [whatever that might mean lol]:
In the 90s the CFL tried to expand by bringing in some U.S. teams. In one season there were actually 13 teams playing in the CFL. That failed and I'm glad it did. The CFL is a tradition for many of us. It is as Canadian as maple syrup and the maple leaf tree and Rocky mountains. Many of us grew up with the CFL in our blood. I embraced the CFL in the 1963 Grey Cup game and I've been a fan ever since. I'll never get used to the idea Canada's CFL Grey Cup having resided for a year in Baltimore. Not that I have anything against the U.S. I don't.
While I would like to see some expansion it appears that this is easier said than done. Even with 9 teams over the past 60 or so years, the CFL has struggled. Ottawa Roughriders. Montreal Alouettes. Even the B.C. Lions were on the brink at one time of going under.
Talk about expanding into the Atlantic Provinces has been going on for years. I'd love to see a 10th team. Perhaps we may see one sooner than later and I think that would be fabulous. I'm sure there are many fans east of Montreal in the Atlantic provinces that would love to see the "Atlantic Schooners". BUT... IT HAS NOT BECOME A REALITY....... YET!
Attendance from year to year though it fluctuates has also been consistent as the following graph and info shows over the last 60 years or so.... https://stats.cfldb.ca/league/cfl/attendance/... There has to be a reason for that. These stats do not appear to support expansion of even one additional team let alone three.
In 1996 the Ottawa Rough Riders folded leaving the CFL with only 8 teams. It would take 18 years before Ottawa would have its own team again. How long would it take to increase to 12 teams in the CFL?
Some are advocating 10-12 teams in the CFL. I'm all for it but what cities would [could?] the CFL expand to? What cities could actually support a CFL team? The talk is that Halifax might be able to and that is good. It will be great to see it become a reality but I cannot think of a single other city that the CFL could expand to and expand successfully. I've not heard anything. I've not read anything. Perhaps others have.
I would be very interested in hearing other fans' thoughts on this expansion thing. I for one would really like to see it to happen but I cannot see it happening for a very long time.
I love this game. I love the CFL. I certainly would like to see it remain healthy and grow.
Here's a great link provider by "Grover" regarding expansion into the Atlantic provinces: