While the discussion thread about the 2020 schedule devolves into consideration of conspiracy theories, I thought I would take this in a completely different direction . . .
If and when the Atlantic Schooners join the CFL, resulting in a 10 team league spanning from the left coast to the right coast, with 5 teams in each division, the league’s schedule makers will have several options to consider when laying out each season’s games:
[ol]- the simplest schedule would involve playing each team in the league twice (home & away) resulting in a perfectly balanced 18 game schedule. Personally I do not like this option because it will result in each team playing 10 games versus the other division, and only 8 games against teams in its own division. Although very simple and balanced, this distribution does not seem to make sense.
- If each team’s schedule were to consist of playing each team in their own division 3 times, that would result in 12 intra-division games and 6 games against the other division (3 home & 3 away). Since there are 5 teams in each division, this would mean that as Season Ticket holders, we would only get to see 3 Western Division teams at THF each year. Conversely, the Ti-Cats would only visit 3 western stadiums each season. [ Aside: I seem to recall that the 16 game schedules prior to and during the 1980’s were similar to this . . . we did not get to see every Western team at IWS each year.] [/ol]
Curious to get opinions from other CFL fans . . . How would you like to see the schedule laid out, if and when the CFL becomes a 10 team league ??
Personally I would be in favour of something between the 2 options that I have presented above.
Speaking from a Tiger-Cats’ fan perspective, personally, I would like to see 10 games against Eastern opponents and 8 against the West.
I will note that one possible downside of such an imbalanced schedule, is “Strength of Schedule” will become a factor in each team’s record . . .