(Many of these players from the Eastern US want to stay close enough to home to be able to drive, have their family and friends drive up to see them... they may not know where Hamilton is but when they find out its this close to Toronto we become a draw.)
I am from Windsor so I will do this "survey" as if I were a player from Detroit. Because if I was from Washington or Montana I'd probably have a different list... i.e. emphasis on Western Teams.
Now I'm going to fill this out as if it were me! Right here right now.
I wouldn't want to play in ANY of these cities. Here is why:
Sorry in advance if you are from Winnipeg but the city SUCKS! I would play there if it were my only option but if I was a free agent and had a choice... it would take a heck of a lot to get me to even think about going to Winterpeg.
Expensive to live there, nobody cares about the Argos so I'd be playing in front of sparse crowds inside of the concrete toilette bowl and I couldn't bear the shame that I would bring to my family by wearing that Blue Jeresy.
Like Toronto... nobody really cares about the Lions in Vancouver. Add to the fact that there would be a ton of travel to play the other teams in the West and that there is no natural rival to make any game really special. At least playing for the Blue Team you can take part in the Labour Day Classic. Vancouver is also very expensive and I hate hippie wanna bes.
Calgary is a very nice city. A few years ago I went to the Stampeders home opener against the Argo's. The atmosphere of a Stamps game is alright but in all honesty it doesn't even come close to Hamilton's. The Stadium is really nice for watching a game though.
Not too sure what the full list would be, but Regina would be first and Hamilton second.
Relatively small communities where football is the big game in town (Sask especially).
Playing in Regina is like playing in Green Bay. You're more than a payer on the team, you're part of the community and people recognize you and everyone across the entire province loves you. Even if you're just that guy on special teams who makes one nice play a season, there's some dude wearing your jersey with a watermelon on his head.