After seeing NHL Edmonton Oilers play the Cologne Sharks . The Bruins played a team in Ireland not long ago . The Raptors tonight playing Melbourne United and soccer crossing over leagues it’s time to return to the NFL and CFL exhibition game in August .
The CFL will have to bite the bullet for the exposure as the CFL teams will be in it’s regular season .
Maybe it’s time to light it up and play CFL rules one half NFL the second or vice versa and get it on .
As a fan it maybe time to bring on the heat and challenge . I know I will watch it .
I think pausing our regular season for an exhibition against another league might devalue our season. And what coach is going to risk his star players in a meaningless exhibition game, especially in the middle of the season.
I think the league’s strategy of trying to convince naysayers that we’ve got good athletes too or we are nice guys who embrace diversity are not going to sway those naysayers. They need an edgy approach that conveys something like 'yeah, we’re not the NFL and we don’t care / we don’t want to be".
Then let’s have the games in October, so both leagues have to take a break from their schedule to do it.
I don’t think the validation thing is ever going to work. If the CFL team wins, doubters will just say the NFL players weren’t trying . . . just like when Ricky Williams didn’t set rushing records when he played for the Argos.
Good luck having the NFL putting their best players at risk to injury for meaningless games.
Doing during their preseason is even more meaningless. How would the NFL evaluate their talent playing half the games on the Canadian rules anyways.
Watching NFL back ups won’t move the needle in interest.
Looking at other sports. The NHL does not stop their schedule for international tournaments. Their season is close enough to the international calendar that they can spare a couple of teams to play overseas.
If the CFL wants to use the pre season to expand their footprint, they’re better off playing nuetral site games which could be happening south of south of the border.
...we are nice guys who embrace diversity are not going to sway those naysayers.
Yes! That's putting it precisely.
They need an edgy approach that conveys something like 'yeah, we're not the NFL and we don't care / we don't want to be".
I agree! An updated "Radically Canadian" campaign. My suggestion would be "This is Canada. Love it or go for a long swim in the Lake." But then again there's a reason (probably several) why I'm not put in charge of marketing campaigns....
Even if the CFL had anything to gain through such a game, what’s in it for the NFL? What do they gain? They will gain next to no exposure whatsoever, as the vast majority of their fans wouldn’t care about the game, since they are convinced the CFL is slightly less than high school.
They win, their fans say, “Yeah, so? It’s just the CFL.” They lose, their fans say, “Really? You lost to the CFL?”
The financial gain for the NFL would be less than insignificant.
Why would they risk any of their players, all-stars or fourth-stringers, in a venture that offered them nothing in return?
Once the Schooners start to play, rotating in an NFL team in August would allow for even more difference in the schedule. NFL plays four preseason games; having 10 NFL teams play one game against CFL teams, would still allow them to evaluate their roster, I think.
Yeah, but wouldn’t it give those 10 teams an unfair advantage over the others, having the extra game?
Or if you mean play against a CFL team instead of NFL, it would put those 10 teams at a disadvantage, as they would have fewer games matched up against the teams they’ll be playing in the regular season.
can’t people just watch the CFL for entertainment which IT IS and forget about this NFL? The infatuation with anything American by some in this country is astounding. They ain’t better then us QUIT worshipping them.
The rules are the same as the 50 and 60's games one half CFL and one half NFL .
If you ask me how to get it done .
Use the goodwill angle plus every other sport and league plays other teams in other leagues now some way less in stature .
The game will be played with all proceeds to a charity . The veterans relief fund etc .. or any other worthy cause like aid for football players suffering from brain trauma . The NFL will be pulled in for a one of . I can see it .
Plus who better but our own Bell Media group to get it done . They just won some Super Bowl cash during the USMCA deal .
With Bell owning them it is one way to build the brand which is an underdog brand now anyways why not push the edge a bit .
The games where the Argos were hammered in the 59 , 60 and 61 were also a bad team in the CFL at the time .
Bottom line it really couldn't hurt but it might get more people talk CFL .
If you read Hunt's article back then they were also talking minor league CFL .
The NFL guys were bigger and still are but a one of might go over well for the CFLPA and the NFLPA if it's used for concussion awareness .
If the Boston Bruins in 2010 can play the Belfast Giants out of goodwill I am pretty sure we can get something done for the CFL . Cologne playing the Edmonton Oilers this year is another with Conner MCDavid at risk .
The travel is not too far just across the border and there will always be risk no matter what sport .
Let's bring it on and make it a worthy cause for the CFLPA and NFLPA if that is what requires to get the NFL to bring them to the contest .
Let's just hope the CFL players bring there A game that day if it ever happens .