I'm looking at 2022 and thinking about what the league should do. I think it would be a good idea to start in April. I know it's a short turnaround from a December Grey Cup but 2021 is going to be 14 regular season games (or less). Not every team will make the playoffs either. The league needs a shot in the arm so to speak. I think it would be a good idea to have a mid-season tournament with Mexico's LFA. I would get rid of the 2 pre-season exhibition games that no one cares about at the best of times. After 8 games and playing each Canadian team once we would be able to seed the teams from 1-9 easily. We could get a TV deal for Spanish speaking America and Mexico. We could give the LFA half the money and it would go toward growing the game of football there. I would invite 7 out of 8 LFA teams to come to Canada for a 16 team mini tournament. Group A would have Canadian seeds 1-3 and Mexican seed 7. Group B would have Canadian seeds 4,5 and Mexican seeds 5,6. Group C would have Canadian seeds 6,7 and Mexican seeds 3,4. Group D would have Canadian Seeds 8,9 and Mexican Seeds 1,2. Each team would be guaranteed 3 games minimum. Having the games be worth 2 points in the standings for the Canadian team winner is an option. Mexicans would have to play Canadian rules when playing against a Canadian team but they could play NCAA rules when they play each other. I would strongly suggest that the Canadian team use practice roster and back-up players as much as possible when playing the Mexican teams. If a CFL team beat them 100-0 they wouldn't want to play us any longer. The idea is to keep the games competitive. It would also be a good idea to have guest coaches for the Mexican teams. The two ways of making players better are 1) coaching and 2) higher competition.
Ambrosie's Idea of Global players is a nice one. However right now only family and friends of the player would follow his progress. If you want a bigger audience you have to play the teams themselves. If a CFL team had a global Mexican player on it and he scored a touchdown versus a Mexican team it would be huge. Also if a Mexican team could beat a really bad CFL team that would also help grow the game. The other thing is that it might get Mexican immigrants to come to the games as well. Right now the big markets are struggling and they need something like this. Some of the Global players don't make the field during the regular season and if it's going to be a success then there should be a master plan of some sort.
I would rather have that format than have the XFL come in 2023 and want to play for the Grey Cup. I don't want to lose Canadian rules even if some of them are a little crazy. If the XFL is willing to pay us TV money to have a mid season tournament I don't have a problem with it. If they want us to come to America and play XFL rules for a short time that's totally okay. I would like to have Mexico part of the tournament as well and balloon it up to a 24 team tournament. After it's all over we can go back to Canada and continue our season.