State of the League Address 2022

I’m guessing you’re not in Regina. Last night was WAY, WAY busier than Friday.

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I’m not in Regina. But if the Grey Cup were on Saturday, then Friday would be the new busier day. And/or Sunday could become an important festival day whereas now Monday is not.

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Just listened to bits and pieces of the “state of the league”. For me the interesting parts were:

  1. Ambrosie saying they are looking at neutral site games for Quebec, Atlantic Canada, Ontario and out west. No one asked him if they would be in the regular season or not. I’m hoping for Moncton and Quebec City for regular season. Guelph and Victoria for the pre-season.

  2. Ambrosie talking about expansion. He said that Amar Doman believed in definite timelines. He (Ambrosie) would be headed for talks with Atlantic Canada after the Grey Cup. They are working on creative solutions to not having a stadium ready ie). Atlantic Schooners just being a road team (fan inspired).

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there is discussions with ESPN right now so the move to Saturday playoffs might have something to do with it

He wanted to change it to Saturdays in 2020. This has been in the works for a while.

"The next top four finishers — regardless of division — would claim the remaining four berths, with the third- and fourth-place clubs hosting the bottom two in semifinal action on a Saturday."

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Just came across an interesting old article on Jake Gaudaur.

https://archive.macleans.ca/article/1968/11/1/send-for-gaudaur

Significantly, the Canadian average jumped to 41.1 during the first third of the current season, and this came about in a typical Gaudaur manner. In a routine study of penalty figures he noticed that the officials in the CFL had called an average of 12.3 penalties in 1967, or a total of 836 penalty calls in the 68-game season. This struck Gaudaur as representing far too many interruptions in fan enjoyment. And he knew from his own observation that penalties too often nullified spectacular offensive manoeuvres, even touchdowns. To improve the entertainment, he determined that the number of infractions had to be reduced. But how? As commissioner, he couldn’t order the officials to stop calling obvious fouls.

“I attempted to instill a philosophy of tolerance in rules interpretation.” says Gaudaur, carefully. “I was concerned that the spirit of the rules be emphasized.”

Translated, what he did in effect was tell the officials to think twice about calling borderline penalties that did not significantly affect plays. If somebody grabbed somebody away over there near the left sideline while a touchdown pass, say, was being completed over here near the right sideline, the official needn’t worry about life along the left sideline. Also, he broke down the 1967 penalties by teams. Whenever the figures showed that a team was frequently incurring a certain penalty, he had it pointed out to the coach of that team during training camp, and suggested they work on curtailing the frequency of the offense. The result was that the number of penalties per game was reduced from 12.3 to 9.5 during the first third of the present season. Fans found themselves yelling a lot louder a lot more often.

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