I think now after doing some research it’s been that way forever it seems .
It’s just worse now .
Learned a few days ago that the Los Angeles Wild Cats of the AFL played a game against the New York Yankees in Toronto in Maple Leaf Stadium in 1926 in front of 10,000 fans . Yankees joined the NFL from 27 to 29 .
Was never aware of that .
They had the forward pass before the Canadian game adopted the forward pass and it was a popular game here . The Canadian game at that time still resembled rugby .
In 1955 there were attempts by Eric Craddock to bring an NFL franchise to Toronto .
Toronto Argos of course lost three games in a row to NFL competition in the early sixties that didn’t help .
There was always talk in the biggest city and it’s prevailed to this day .
I think the CFL Argos being unsuccessful for years kept the Argos popular enough that the CFL game was difficult to master even with NFL stars on the team ( Leon Mcquay ) that the CFL was a CHALLENGE .
When it became easy and the challenge is gone it maybe one of the reasons that it just doesn’t get the attention it needs to be fertile .
Seeing other teams like the Leafs , Jays and Raptors climb the wall in a more challenging competitive environment is a difficult comparison for the Argos .
JMO . Just my observation/opinion …