Just after looking at what that jerk wrote in the Ottawa Sun … I got to thinking: Why is it SO hard to come by positive press on the CFL?
The NFL is placed on a freakin’ pedestal, and the CFL is reduced to whipping boy!
What’s so bad about the CFL? Any “ownership fiascos” or “bush league” traits are JUST as apparent in other leagues, but they never hear a negative word about it. When something happens in the NHL, NBA, NFL or MLB, it’s just a regular event, no big deal, they’ll get through it. When the same thing happens in the CFL, it’s an example of how the league is run poorly, it will never survive, this is why it’s a second-rate league, etc … (none of these do I personally believe, btw!)
There’s an ownership issue? Heaven forfend! Name ONE league that hasn’t happend in. Some teams ignore the salary cap and try to buy a championship? Um, can anyone say New York Yankees? A team may fold or relocate? That’s happened in every league. A city may lose a team for a second time? Well, how many times has LA had an NFL team? A huge, quick, mid-90’s expansion was a mistake. What do you think the NHL has to say for itself currently?
This drives me nuts. The only north american sports league to not suffer a work stoppage in the past 20 years has been the CFL!! The NHL has been shooting itself in the foot ever since Bettman got on board, but still … according to the media, it’s a much better league!
How does this make sense?
WHY does the CFL not get the respect it so VERY rightfully deserves?!?
btw - Kudos to the CFL for prospering amongst what has got to be the biggest media obstacle on the continent! Can you think of any other long-lasting, still-successful business that gets that much attention, and where so much of its attention is (unjustly) negative?