Given that every second thread in these forums ends up in a debate about the benefits vs problems with the CFL's Import rule, I figure, like the Stadium, we need a thread devoted exclusively to this never-ending debate. Please post your opinions here.
My $0.02 is that it is a brilliant innovation. Every sports league on the planet, with the exception of US based leagues, suffer the problem that there are more athletes and more money for training in other parts of the world than in their corner of it. Yet the fans of those leagues predominantly come from the corner of the world where the league plays. The fans want to see their friends, neighbours and fellow citizens get a chance to play in the league that their support pays for.
Over the years the CFL has had questions come in from a wide range of (non-US) sports leagues, from Italian "American" Football to Australian Basketball, looking to copy some element of our import rule. Even European Soccer leagues worry about the fact that if their professional teams can hire the very best players in the world, where will their Belgium, or Danish players ever get playing time to become good enough to create a competitive national team.
I've read all the arguments pro and con our import rule and I remain convinced our league is more fun and our games are more interesting with Marwan, Peter, Dave, Andy and the rest of our great non-import players.