There seems to be a debate from time to time about which team is the flagship franchise of this league. I'm going to put a bit of a different twist on it, and see what the results are. I'm not going to do a poll , because the twist is -- you cannot vote for the team you cheer for, you have to pick another team that you think is the model franchise. I will go first on this one.
My pick is the Edmonton Eskimos. In the last 36 yrs, they have missed the playoffs only twice- in the last 2 seasons. They have a record that will unmatched for a very long time-- 34 straight seasons in the playoffs. A first rate organization, with a fan base second to none. The Eskimos also have a reputation for finding top notch talent to keep such a winning record and tradition. IMO, any pro franchise in North America, or even the planet, would do well to try to emulate this franchise.