I have been thinking about this for the past week or so now, and in lieu of Ken Peter's article in The Spec today, I thought I would share my thoughts and throw it out to all you Tiger-Cats/CFL fans.
I am starting to get the impression that the CFL rule that states teams must start 7 Canadians is becoming almost a hinderance. With increased competition for players from Arena football, and the numerous upstart football leagues trying to get off the ground, and the impending arrival of NFL football in Toronto, it seems like the ratio may hinder the CFL's chances for survival.
Now before you jump down my throat, I am referring to the fact that 7 Canadians have to start. I have no problem with the ratio of how many Canadians are on the overall roster of CFL teams.
I just feel like for the league to survive it should put the best players on the field regardless of nationality. I mean, the CFL will always be Canadian because they play by Canadian rules.
Ken Peter's article just furthered my beliefs because Tre Smith has to sit because of the ratio.
I guess what I am trying to say is, at what point does protecting Canadian players become more important than the overall quality of the play? Isn't higher scoring games and excitement what drives higher ratings and attendance thus increasing league revenue?
I know for me personally, I don't care what nationality my Hamilton Tiger-Cats are, I will cheer for them. I just find the starting ratio to be a hinderance to teams in today's CFL.
Just my thoughts on the matter. I would be interested in hearing all of yours.