No the Global initiative is not a flop as the ultimate goal is to help spread awareness of football outside North America, or at the very least spread awareness that there is another option for players outside of the NFL.
I can only speak for the UK, but the impact the likes of Christian Wade and Efe Obada have had in attempting to make (in Obada's case actually cracking) an NFL roster has been an increase in mainstream media interest from certain websites and newspapers who are now writing proper articles about football, whereas before their NFL "coverage" was simply listing the scores in the back pages.
In the case of the UK, time zone is not an overwhelming issue either as the vast majority of games are either 9-10 p.m. or 12-1 a.m. kick-offs so not a huge problem as many are played on Saturday anyway. Only issue is if you support the Lions as their timings mean the BC stands for "Brew Coffee" if you want to stay awake for them at 3 a.m.
The only issue right now is that the best developed Global position is kicking/punting so that's who you see, but if anything the CFL is taking the lead in drafting Globals at other positions but BE PATIENT - this is not going to be a 2-3 year miracle project.
There are some posters (you know who you are) who think this is all a farce and that the league should push Canadian talent at the expense of everything else. But be honest, how many Canadians are on CFL rosters purely for their passport instead of their genuine talent? Also, what does the CFL do when it comes to working with USports and amateur football, or is there some kind of hesitancy/resistance from both sides?
Finally, I have to ask, if a Canadian kicker had missed those chip shot FGs he'd have been laughed at, yet because Yamasaki misses them it seemed to provoke a reaction that the whole Global project is a waste???
Claiming that positions like punter are "spots for Canadians" is very telling. Surely the question to ask is, what's going wrong between the amateur and pro levels that Canadian players in other roles don't seem to move up to the CFL unless ratio demands it?
American coaches who don't scout them?
Bias that the NCAA is simply better?
USports/CJFL football being much lower quality than Canadian fans want to admit?
1 and 2 are unfortunate, 3 can be fixed but has it or will it?