Look I love the CFL as much as the next guy and I think it's great, but, it could be alot better. In the area where I live (the GTA) there is 8 million people. One of the most populated areas on the continent, yet some how, the Argos manage to get only 30- 35, 000 out to a game. That is pathetic for an area with 8 million people and a stadium with a capacity of 55, 000. I am not sure if it is the same anywhere else (except BC). Almost every stadium in the NFL sells out week in and week out, no matter what the teams record is, and I think the problem is advertising. The CFL needs to put more commercials on TV like the ones they have for the Jays or the FC, and put billboards up to. Also to appeal to kids, the teams should visit a local school every week to talk about the game, it would interest alot more kids and also increase attendance.
Which leads me to my next point, the college system. We also need to advertise this more and give out athletic scholarships. Canadian college football is great, it's just a diamond in the rough. We need to keep our best athletes here in Canada, because they would put more people in the seats. Imagine seeing a TV commercial advertising Canadian college football, It could feature a player from your home town, who just happens to be the leading receiver in the nation. That would increase national interest in the player and the program he is from, giving a larger TV audience and attendance. You could also follow the player right from college into the pros, once again increasing national exposure, and putting more fans in the seats. And believe me, the schools can afford athletic scholarships with all the money their bringing in.
Just a short word about the reffing, it is pitiful, and makes the CFL look Bush league, maybe we should pay more to get quality reffing, because that would increase interest.
Which brings me to my final point, expansion. I know you are all sick and tired of this, but it is going to have to happen sooner or later. A 12 team league would give the CFL national exposure everywhere, and who knows, it could become more popular than a the NHL. We really do need to increase national exposure, and expansion is the easiest way to do it. A 12 team league would be respected by Americans as well, and would increase American exposure. It also makes it more interesting for the people who already do watch it week in and week out, being able to see your team play a different team almost each week, and no home-home series. Moving Winnipeg back to the west, and maybe putting a team in Saskatoon or Kelowna would put the west division at 6 teams, and then putting a team somewhere in the maritimes, Quebec City and either London or Ottawa would build the east up to 6.
I'm not saying I don't like the CFL, I love it. I just think it could be alot better than it is, and right now it is not a national game like hockey, but I think it could be.