Here is hoping the success this year in Moncton and probably next year when and if there are more games due to the construction in the Hammer, maybe just maybe this will become the expansion and 10th franchise city coming in the same time as Ottawa.
Bringing in a balanced league and schedule.
I thought 2005 was a good way to handle it. If you notice, the week that they played 2 games, there was 5 or 6 days between them and that week was sandwiched in between 2 bye weeks, so it wasn't so bad. Ottawa CIS does the same thing in week one of the CIS season since their playoffs start a week earlier than everyone else's. Why they don't just officially start the week before, I don't know.
That's true, Toronto had byes in weeks 5 and 7 with a game on Thursday and a game on Monday in week 6. I think they were comfortable with this, since the CFL was planning on doing the same thing in 2006 with Montreal, before Ottawa folded:
They have the team play on the civic holiday while getting a bunch of time off before and after. Although with that in mind, I would rather see a game on Wednesday because Thursday to Monday seems like a quick turn around (even though Calgary and Edmonton do the same thing every year). With that being said, I think the 2006 proposed schedule is ideal, with the regular season starting mid-June and playoffs in the first week of November. The third Sunday of November for the Grey Cup is something I would really like to see them do once Ottawa's back.
Additionally, it should be easier to schedule games at the Rogers Centre over 20 weeks than with 19 (as well as with three weeks of preseason).