The thread is asking us to speculate what the FB landscape will look like in Canada 20 years out, and I opine that the NFL will muscle their way into Toronto, after they get done shoehorning a team into London (England, not Ontario).
Now it's entirely possible that the team will fail before the 20 years is up, I suppose. But it is my prognostication that they will give it a go.
Not sure how they fix the big three . Those cities are important for Lynch pin corporate support .
As far as Toronto getting an NFL team it's definitely game over for CFL in Toronto .
It would be game over for the CFL as it exists today that's a certainty . There will be no corporate support to sustain the loss of revenue . The Canadian market is not big enough for the NFL elephant and the CFL's current revenue stream.
My belief is they will try to bring the CFL into 2020 to modernize it and reframe it to suit a particular audience . Not sure that audience will include me but it will either determine long term success or absolute failure .
In 2004 I thought this was the end . From out of nowhere seemingly (Howard Cosell impression here ) came owners for the Cats and Argos and the CFL lived on
The CFL has escaped doom for so long and fails to capitalize or realize they need to protect assets during negotiations for simple things like lease rights . Needed to have exclusive rights to all football at the Skydome against Rogers Bills series .
This killed all the goodwill by C and S that rebuilt an audience in Toronto .
I want it to live on but without leadership that pulls this league as one entity and away from fiefdoms it will always be on the verge of collapse from within .
You need a brand seller who knows that your product needs exposure and needs multiple avenues of growth that can take a dime and make a dollar .
Well said, Hank. I especially like the 2nd last paragraph that mentions fiefdoms. Now that I read it over, that paragraph can have two different meanings. Do you want leadership to pull as one entity or not ? I can take it both ways depending on how I read it !
Our commish is pretty silent while all this charity work has been happening.
Even if the NFL came to Tor, I will still watch the CFL or the CIS. It's our rules that make this an exciting game.
Yes could be double meaning in one that I want the leagues revenue stream to be more conducive to one larger pot where they can invest more and get more in return .
But not in terms of the competitive talent pool area . Do not like the redistribution of players like the Ray trade .
I like the idea of a cap for some things but not in terms of building a better team .
The teams should spend as much as they can on scouting , try outs and spring camps . No cap on that aspect .
I like your last paragraph for your loyalty but with the NFL in Toronto I see a domino effect first the CFL and then the CIS no longer playing three down football . Maybe a different version will crop it's head up of the CFL but there just so much money to go around and the corporate money will be sucked dry by the NFL elephant .
The CFL to last the next 20 years rests in Toronto ( BC and Montreal will follow) and right now the CFL is analyzing the best options to gain and sustain growth in revenue . Anywhere else in the CFL the Argos would be gone by now . This is the last fight for survival . I think the CFL can win but it needs to change back to the old CFL for time of games . Then take a page out out of the book and create a new play off structure that no longer has phony championship match ups to create a real buzz for the team when it actually wins the big one . The Grey Cup wins are actually working out to be the opposite result you want right now for bums in the seats .
It's as plain as day .