I realize I am a little optimistic but I really think all the naysayers who are predicting the emminent demise of the CFL I think they are absolutely wrong.
I present just a few reasons: (others may have many more than I do)
How about a new or major renovations to the stadiums in
Vancouver, Regina, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Ottawa and throw Moncton in for fun.
Increased ratings for C.I.S. football as well as major rises in kids playing football in Quebec and Ontario at all levels. (Side note: it's ridiculous to consider reducing the Canadian player ratio but that's another thread) I submit for evidence my own son's league which according to officials had its highest enrolment ever this year.
Continuing great T.V. ratings on TSN
The major concern Toronto - in many ways, ownership, talent etc... However the Bills in Toronto has been a dismal failure which indirectly benefits the Argos and CFL. Why anyone would pay good money to go see the Bills is beyond me. Please tell me when the BIlls have played any game in the last five years as good as the Ticat/BC game last Sunday. And yes I admit we had not played to many good ones until this year. But there were at least five good home games or more this year.
Overall, I believe the CFl is rising in a major way. With that said a lockout or a strike would be very foolish.
Long live the CFL