Interesting, will have to read this hello. Now why is the media wanting to distort the truth about a Canadian institution like the CFL? I have some theories, not the least of which is the fact that the media is mainly controlled out of Toronto.
Good info, thanks. Specifics do matter and who is in what position.
So who is this sports editor at The Star and why does he have a hate-on for the CFL do you think?
And business deals matter in this too, sometimes it's all about da money as they say.
Yes, it sounds like you have more intimate knowledge than what I have although what you are telling me is no surprise to me from what I've seen over the years from Toronto but I live in Hamilton and don't read as much of the Toronto papers.
But do these people look like fools and idiots or what. The NFL isn't coming to Canada as we all know now and if all of these people put their collective heads together, they could really make the Argos the premier franchise in the CFL and pack the Rogers Centre every game. I don't get it, I don't get it at all from what should be intelligent people. Maybe they don't get it, the NFL doesn't want Toronto and I guess they just can't see this. When someone doesn't want me, I say fine and sort of like to get back at them. But I guess Simmons, Godfrey the Star sports editor and such are spineless pieces of dirt that have no guts or courage but just would rather whine, whine, whine and cry "ma, ma, we don't have an NFL team, ma, ma" time to change the diapers there I guess.
Well, I disagree. What needs to happen with these "powers that be" is a mind change. I'm afraid I don't see enough numbers of letters to them that would change their minds.
They really need to change from within themselves and be proactive and initiate change, be the sparkplug of change. And they can do it! That's what I don't understand, these people can really put the Argos more on the map in Toronto and help fill Ted's stadium there and really show everyone Toronto is a huge football town, CFL or whatever. I don't get why they wouldn't want to do this.
It's a 12% raise when numbers are being looked at overall. But it you look at what it represents to hit 30% in hard numbers when you were standing at 18 %, it really is a 66% increase. Which means the CFL nearly doubled its popularity over ten years.
These numbers speak loud. Very loud.
Thanks for sharing them Hellothere. I will probably get my copy of the magazine in three weeks !
I believe the surge in CFL popularity goes with the decrease with NHL’s and MLB’s popularity in Canada. It remains to be seen what happens when the NFL regular season starts. Baseball has pretty much written itself off in Canada, the steroid scandal and the self-centered jerks that are in baseball is turning a lot of fans off. Add to that the Jays, as of today look like they might be fading a little in the AL East, and more fans will turn to the CFL. The NFL’s popularity, although down 4% , is not a huge loss. The NHL numbers might be even lower post-lockout, attendance at the rinks may be higher, but resentment still remains after losing a full year.
If the CFL can get its off field troubles in order (flaky owners, a backboned commish, and solid new franchises), and some on field troubles( poor officiating) ironed out, the league has the potential to go to new heights.
A SB has never done better than than a GC in ratings.
It's not so much deliberate I don't think. It's a relection of reality being skewed in GTA. Yes, there are a lot of NFL fans there but nowhere near the numbers people assume.
Late Jim Proudfoot of Tor Star told me that numbers who go down to Buffalo may be 5K a game. Of course, people assume there is a much bigger invasion.
I asked Tor print guys and TV/radio media about CFL's coverage in Tor eso when I was doing interviews back in 96.
Matsumoto of Star told me that they have all kind of ways of measuring what their readers want to read about which sports and what they don't. The (then) low priority given to Argos reflected that. Of course that was in most turbulent period in C FL history.
Don't know if you saw Reg Bibby's survey results that came out about a month ago and was widely reported. He has been doing those studies for years and they consistently show that # of Canadians who follow NHL has been declinign while CFL has been rising.
You can fire off letters if you want but it won't change. It's not defeatism, it's reality.
Global has been pro-NFL ever since I can remember. But even when Godfrey was publisher of SUN, Jim Hunt used to regularly write columns exposing his delusions about bringing NFL to Toronto.
As far as TV networks, esp TSN, they are very much aware of how important they are to their ratings and revenues.
It's one of those "perception" things that I mentioned so much in book. Once the percpetion takes root, it's nigh impossible to change it.
As for Globe not being good on sports, I strongly disagree. They have some of best writers in country. Stephen Brunt, Al Maki and David Naylor are all first-class and all love the CFL.