You are right! The average american sports fan,(i did say average, there are exceptions) is probably the most ignorant animal on the face of the Earth! And because they have spent the majority of their lives being sucked into the almighty hype vacum that is the american media, they have absolutely no concept that the rest of the world plays professional sports outside of Soccer.
Just last week the wifey and i were at a little place up the road from the house for dinner and i overheard three 20 something gentlemen talking about Football and the CFL actually spilled forth from one the young man's lips only to be followed by one the other young men saying "oh yeah! that's Arena Football isn't it.
Upon which I felt the incredibley strong urge to set them straight which is exactly what I did. And..when i explained about the CFL and it's format..the excitement of the fast paced game...the field size..and, i even touched on the long and storied history of the league, i noticed that i was being stared at like a Deer caught in headlights. After i said my piece they all shrugged, turned to each other and said "Yeah but it aint the nfl"
So...I agree that the GC shouldn't go anywhere near the ignorant masses. The game should continue to try and find u.s. tv outlets and just let nature take it's course!