I agree with him totally. I don't like blackouts. I have been saying for long, and don't tell me the CFL is gate-driven league.
As Suitor says "Never have I planned an evening with my family or friends around whether or not a sporting event was blacked out, and I suspect that not many people - if any - ever have. You either plan your night to go and watch a ball game or go to the theater or a movie, or you plan to stay in and watch a little TV, read a book or maybe rent a flick."
I think it's false to assume people who go to games wouldn't if the game was not blacked out. It's time to abolish this practice!
Then, there are those who can't afford to buy season tickets or can't physically get to a game. And don't even get me started on the possible marketing opportunities when you show hundreds of thousands of potential new customers your product on what, when it is right, can become the best three and half hour commercial you will ever get. Some owners will argue that it costs them thousands of dollars to lift a blackout, but I wonder how much it would cost to run a three and a half hour advertisement promoting your product on national TV.
It is time to move into the 21st Century and get rid of this ancient practice. The CFL is a great product. It is most entertaining when you are there in person, soaking up the atmosphere, painting your face and cheering so loud for your favorite team that they actually get a competitive advantage. The Riders vs. Stamps game was a great example of that and so was the Labour Day rematch, but the time has passed where the league has to continue to influence fans to attend in person. It just doesn't make any sense anymore to deprive your fans of this great product. In fact, in realit, it never did make any sense.
Let's not forget that in a small league were there's 4 games a weak. You have one bad game because Toronto is playing. Then you potentially have a blackout in you market...that leaves what? TWO games a week, and maybe not everyone can watch it. To me the CFL is losing potential viewers by blacking out games.