From 13th man, interesting post.
"I'm sure a large number of you won't want to see these words in print, but there is no point sweeping it under the carpet. What follows is my opinion only, so take it for what it's worth. I'm looking to open some debate, not start a war here.
If the salary management system fails, the CFL is doomed.
And even if it does work, there is no guarantee it will save the league from dying.
While a number of people in existing CFL markets have been told things are running smoothly by the league's hype machines (including TSN), the Ottawa situation has uncovered the true nature of this league. Nobody with any real business sense is willing to step into the current circus.
I would love to know who you people think will take over when aging hobby owners in cities like Hamilton and Vancouver decide it is time to sell their toys. There aren't too many Mark Cuban types left over from the tech boom any more. Smart rich guys like Eugene Melnyk have said the CFL's business model does not work.
Guys like Frank D'Angelo want in, but the Globe and Mail reports that despite his bluster, his own home is mortgaged to the hilt. And it's not even his own money he's throwing around. (Plus, the CFL told him "no".)
The CFL has appeared extremely greedy during the Ottawa "unsuspension" process (I will not call it "expansion" because the Renegades franchise was "temporarily suspended", using the CFL's own words). The CFL absorbed the assets of Bernie Glieberman's franchise without paying him a single cent, yet they wish to collect a reporteed $6M from a new person who wants to repossess those assets.
Of course nobody wants to play ball.
Which brings me to my main point...
Maybe it's time for something new. Maybe it's time to get a brand new start. Maybe it's time to set up new teams for a new, smaller, intelligently run league. A league in which the commissioner actually has veto power. A league in which owners work collectively for the good of the entire league and share their financial information.
No, the history of leagues such as the WHA and XFL have not all been glorious... but I'm sure Edmonton Oiler fans will tell you it worked out fine for them. Is it worth a shot? Maybe it's just the kick in the pants the CFL and its fans need.
Take your time thinking about this possibility. Think about how attractive an alternative option might be if your team has fallen to desperate times -- as several CFL teams have done countless times over the past two decades.
What if YOUR team ends up indefinitely "suspended" by the CFL and nobody wants to pay $6M because the former owner died or gave up and walked away, and the league decided to seize his property and hold it for ransom?
It could happen to you. It happened to us in Ottawa.
But hopefully for the sake of the CFL, the salary management system is the first huge step towards sensibility. If it proves to the business world that the new CFL business model works, maybe potential owners will be willing to take a $6M hit... because I can't think of too many people who want to throw away that kind of money for the opportunity to lose a whole lot more of it."http://13thman.com/cheers/viewtopic.php?t=31726