Check out this article. It goes with the documentary this weekend about Hollywood and the NHL/CFL relations in the business world. How the NFL was furious they lost the Rocket and how the Argonauts used connections within Notre Dame to entice Ismail to play for Toronto.
He was the highest paid player at that time.
This proves how much $$ is invested in the league and how the owners need to work with its partners like TSN to grow the business side of the league to make sure the CFL can keep doing this over and over. And have the funnest time the league has ever seen. Again!