I am a CFL fan born and raised southern california. I have been a viewer/follower of the league since the '90s but the last decade been a fan and following the Calgary Stampeders quite a bit and even have been to Calgary twice since '09 to watch Flames/Stamps live, and travel to Banff - Edmonton - B.C for vacations.
I have decided to join CFL forums as I have been more active following the CFL across websites such as CFL.ca and other fan sites. During this time of change in the world and what the CFL has gone through and even though have responded strongly I have been thinking a lot about the future and possible changes the CFL can go through in coming years to make it even better.
Below are my thoughts on what I think is best for the future of CFL,
- DO NOT EXPAND TO U.S.A
This is a must. U.S markets would dilute the product and also make it more minor league. No U.S city would be able to support a CFL franchise due to the capitalization of sports business in likely markets. Unless you want Boise, Tacoma, Fargo, Syracuse, Toledo then forget about it. Too many sports in the mid to large markets as it is and a CFL franchise wouldn't get the coverage it deserves. Plus to support a growing CFL ticket prices would have to be high and not sure if Canadians are aware but in the U.S.A inflation effects are still 3-4 years away and costs will be soaring. The existing pro-leagues like the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB are going to be suffering soon in many markets. There is a housing crisis about to happen in California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas and will trickle down to other communities.
IMPROVE THE CBA
Stop the 1 and dones. Increase salary. Maybe not minimum but star players should be getting more than $250. Yes, you must increase revenue and that brings me to next important issue
I am not a Canadian and will not pretend to know the economics of the country but it seems you have such a strong corporate base in advertising across Canada/USA that the CFL isn't getting a very good share. Its time the CFL hires some help and begins to overvalue their product like the NFL/NBA does. Corporations overspend that creates a sort of inflated $ amount for advertising across the board. Networks basically use sports as a generic table for cost per game. The CFL clearly is just setting for x amount of dollars. Probably their executive team just isn't trying enough or something fishy is going on behind the scenes.
4 downs? I think so. Why? CFL defenses have caught up and you can blame the CFL for that. A lot what NFL/NCAA teams do comes from the CFL. Believe it or not. There are lots of PAC-12 programs who are running offenses from coaches that learned their system from a tree that originates from a CFL personnel. 3 downs at times slows down the product of the game and even if you like punting, at times teams just cant get into rhythm which hurts the production value of the game.
Clock rules. CFL clock rules are dumb. I dont mind the 3 minute warning and the clock rules after but you basically have clock rules that run clock or stop clock for no particular reason. Why would a CFL team even want to run no huddle? The possessions per qtr is a clear indication the CFL has problem with the clock running rules. Almost every fan that watches with me (my uncle who watches every Saturday CFL game with me) complains about that. Its just dumb.