throwing it out there as a simple conversation piece .
is it time for major changes and still protect the three down market in the GTA .
by suspending the Argos not killing them off entirely ..... time maybe right with no NFL openings to worry about with a new stadium .
Is there a way out of the mess with the conflict of interest of rights deals and ownership ..and the Toronto optics of lack of interest by all those involved including ownership and fans .
the CFL would need to pay the fees for June to November and retain all pro football rights to the BMO CFL stadium for it to be a successful operation .
Cut off the arm to save the patient but protect the pro football market from predatory US leagues in Toronto during the CFL season .
I believe the CFL should remove the chess piece off the board and make sure MLSE consortium does not try to move a pro team in Toronto to play any games at BMO while the league is alive .
This can be done by paying the same exclusive rights fee the Argos do today for using the stadium .
I would use those rights and 9 dates for Canadian football special events , skill games etc ... U sports football .... any three down football you name it but no Argos in the CFL for awhile . Just get together and pay the rent with exclusive pro football rights to the stadium in lieu .
I believe that 7 to 10 years maybe more would make a difference and hopefully MLSE is broken up by then or one for them buys out the other or someone in government challenges the competitive business practice in Toronto controlling sports /media unfairly .
sometimes it's all abut good timing ... heart grows fonder for something ....
My belief necessary constructive action with damage control and positive steps should be taken by CFL leadership in Toronto .
Key protective steps would be necessary for this to work properly with all stakeholders so there is not a drastic loss of ratings etc .... not sure it would hurt the league in the end anymore ... I no longer believe they need Toronto to survive .
**I use to think they have to have a Toronto team because of media coverage and national head offices
but not if the CFL protects the market during the CFL season** with proper deals at BMO for other key three down events .
I think there is a way out . It will cost them a protected exclusive lease deal .
If they don't protect the pro football market during the CFL season while away it becomes a problem .
If they do they can survive the fire and get out from under the boot and promote the game at the roots level and protect the heritage of the three down game at the centre of the universe .
I would fill those 9 dates at BMO .... again not for a financial return just to protect the market for now ...
open up the one side lower deck for spectators .
very early June a two dates CFL skills competition .
July a U sports all star game . skills competition
August a Junior football all star game . skills competition
September Host a local GTA High school game .
Sept /October Host a York university - Toronto University game
October host the national flag football championship .
October /November host womens national football championship
November Junior football championship
November Vanier Cup Championship .
this will fulfil the lease and protect the market at the same time .
Not sure the lease deal would cost but would be necessary to keep any predatory US league out at BMO during the CFL season .
MLSE can still have a XFL team from feb to may .
MLSE can still have a NFL regular season game in December .
But from June to end of November Canadian football is protected with the lease agreement .
That's my spit ball solution to Toronto .
if they can turn it around with a miracle before the east final great if not it's time for a change in direction of Canadian football in Toronto .
Not sure what the offset for the Argos is for the league what is subtracted today in the bottom line for keeping them alive .
Is there any national sponsors that would leave ?
I dunno .... is there any sponsors staying around today in the CFL because the Argos exist ?
My belief is the ratings are a wash ..... without them .
I could be wrong .... is there significant viewership loss in Toronto by not going to watch the CFL on TV if it goes dormant not sure anymore . Like to see some good analysis of viewership .
Is this just an opening for a NFL team if that happens .....
There are some concerns in my suggestion .