I guess the teams should immediately dump three quarters of their combined rosters then? Damn those American players coming north and taking our jobs!
And FYI, I just took a look at the BC training camp roster and Yamasaki beat out an American kicker (Flintoft) for the job. Were salary considerations a factor? I have no idea, but if he was so incompetent in training camp they'd have cut him then and kept Ford as the lone Global for punting.
I will sound like a stuck record on this, but the CFL NEEDS the Global Combine.
There is virtually nowhere left in Canada to expand to without splitting existing fanbases.
U.S. expansion as I understand it would be impossible while maintaining the "Canadian ratio" rules.
The C.I.S / USports / whatever they're calling it this year has 27 schools. You seriously want me to believe that a pro league can survive resting on an entire amateur structure of just 27 teams?
You can shout about it being a "farce" and how It's a CANADIAN league all you like, but let me give you a challenge.
I'm sure many posters here can put together a 100% Canadian roster for one team, possibly two at a push. Try doing it for all nine teams and see what kind of talent drop-off you have. Is it even possible to make nine fully Canadian teams?
For all his faults Ambrosie has an inkling that the C in CFL may just as well stand for "Crying out for exposure". If a Global talent search grows the game, gives players a realisation that another pathway outside the NFL exists and helps with TV and media exposure of the sport outside Canada, THAT is where the potential benefits of the Global initiative may bear fruit in the future.
But, if you want to rail about wanting to watch Canadian kids in an insular Canadian league while dismissing exposing Canadian football to the rest of the world as a "farce", the you and the diehards are welcome to it. The problem is, it really will end up with only other diehards watching, so in a few decades you can all reminisce about the "good old days" when the Argonauts drew 10,000 fans (yes, they really did!) to their games and CFL was broadcast in foreign markets.
P.S. If you are thinking of firing off a snarky reply along the lines of my not knowing the heritage and history of the sport because I'm English, keep in mind that I live in the country that gave the world Rugby League, so insular, terrified of expansion, "local sport for local people" mindsets are nothing new. If you've seen how that sport runs in England, trust me you will get on your knees and thank God (or deity of your choosing) for Ambrosie at the helm of the CFL!