The CFL hard core always base the “No Chance” at changing the CFL season on the premise that the CFL will always have the same low tier income stream from their broadcast partners. No one ever adjusts the financial component of equation. Never is a big word - No one has ever thrown a “big kid” bag of cash at the CFL. The CFL gets $37 million usd per year for the TSN TV Deal. If someone came to the CFL and said that each CFL team will get 2x that amount that it currently receives it would be all over.
The CFL hardcore also refuse to admit we are in a changing landscape in regard to sports gambling and online wagering. North America is awash in gambling and sports betting addicts. Completely different landscape from 10 years ago. Addicts need something to feed their addiction - in North America most of the sports wagering is on gridiron football. The NFL and NCAA can’t run nearly year round like the EPL and other soccer leagues. So the gambling and sports wagering industry is going to need a product to fill that gap in the North American sports wagering market.
It is like the idea of never selling my house. If someone doubles or triples the amount they are willing to pay me the odds of me staying in the house increase exponentially. If someone gives the CFL/XFL a big enough offer with enough zeros to move the seasons and merge it is a done deal.