HUGE problem. The CFL loses out to the NFL in the big cities it doesn't have a presence in (ie, Ottawa ... ) This must be fixed ...
I highly, highly doubt that the CFL is planning on going to QC and/or Halifax before Ottawa. I call BS on the original post ... I would like to see some proof on where the info came from, and then I'd like to see if this was radio jock speculation, or what (my guess is that's all it is). And how do you figure no one is interested in raising the Ottawa franchise? Have you heard some story about the Palmer group pulling out that no one else has?
Halifax has a plan to expand their stadium to 20,000 seats? Yeah right. I don't buy that for a second. First of all, there's no room for it. Second of all, there has been no mention of a CFL-grade stadium in Halifax since the Commonwealth Games bid went south. I am sure that that "expansion" is a made-up fact.
Yes, the new commish has mentioned making the league coast-to-coast, but that doesn't mean QC and Halifax are all of a sudden getting expansion teams (especially at the cost of Ottawa). Also, "expansion in the east" does not exclude Ottawa, either.
I don't think Victoria is a suitable place for a team either ... too close to Vancouver, and the community is likely too old/too small. I have a hard time seeing people travelling to Victoria to go to a football game (partly because of its location, partly because it's a bit of a touristy town anyway). It's true that, in the west, only Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg are bigger; but I think the fact that it's on an island hurts it a LOT. Not to mention that the CFL would go to Ottawa, QC and Halifax before it went to another western city - in which case I (now) hope it would be London.
Excuse my cynicism, but I would really like to see a source :roll: