I've always been a devout defender of the CFL & its calibre of talent with respect to the fact that CFL teams staff their rosters to execute a game inherently distinct from American football. In this, I've maintained that not only is the talent disparity not proportional to the economic disparity between the CFL & NFL but that a great many players who excel in each respective league are the best because their skill sets and/or physiques are tailored for the particular game they play. Having said that, an NFL star wouldn't hypothetically be a CFL show stopper & more evidently, vice versa.
To offer the blanket statement, "The NFL has the better talent." is an unfounded because it doesn't address the issues I've discussed. However, what I haven't addressed is perhaps the most key difference in the makeup of rosters between the leagues. The ratio. Its no secret that Canadians just don't get nearly the same level of football training that Americans do. In the CFL, 19 / 42 players are staffed on the active rosters who are the product of the CIS, or of amongst what I'd guess to be 200 or so Canadians in the NCAA since, according to TSN.ca, only 70 are in Division I. Of those Div I NCAA Canucks, only 12 are starters.
The ratio is extraordinarily important in preserving Canadian football. It is very important in encouraging young Canadians to aspire to be good football players & to play Canadian football. Understanding that home-brew talent is amongst one of the biggest selling points for the CFL the question has to be asked:
Does the roster ratio diminish the talent calibre in the CFL? If so, to what extent?