I don't understand the mentality that we, as fans, have a absolute right to see every down of Ticat football for free. We are really fortunate that one, TSN broadcasts every game of every team, and two, that with the exeception of a couple of blacled out games, fans in Hamilton can see fifteen or sixteen Ticat games for nothing more than the cost of basic cable or satelite.
The CFL is a gate driven league...The Ticats are a gate driven team. Guess what when a fan watches a Cat game from home, he didn't buy a ticket. He isn't buying a tee shirt or a hat, he sure isnt going to buy a hot dog or a beer and as a result, Caretaker isnt making any money. The Cats signed possibly the best kicker in the league during the off season...what they going to pay him with? If you want the Cats to hang around for a few more years you have to put some money in Mr. Young's pocket, simple as that.
Im sure that there are those who will say that not all fans can afford tickets...Im sure thats true....and that truly is sad because in a perfect world everyone could go to IWS and cheer the Cats on. Its not a perfect world....the cats have tried to accomodate low income fans by pricing endzone tix at 120$ per season , but there still will be fans who can't afford it...its sad but thats the way it is. There are other fans who work during games or who aren't well enough to travel and thats sad too, but the fact is that the Cats, TSN and the CFL make about 140 CFL games (including 15-16 Ticat games)available for free or close to it.
Caretaker has saved football in Hamilton. He has taken a nearly bankrupt franchise, and a crummy football team and has turned it around to being a contender. He has invest large chunks of money, and by all reports is still operating at a deficit. IWS isn't built on Sesame Street (Hey, how bout that for the new stadium location!) It takes real money to pay KG and Cobb and Bruce et al. It takes money to keep them here. Sitting at home doesnt help the Cats.
For those of you who for whatever reason can't or wont buy tix, be glad that you can still watch a ton of football in your pj's.
IMO, thats a pretty fair deal