I’m not sure if expansion to the US in the next 5 years to one or two selected markets would be good for the league but it is something that should, at the very least, be looked at since most businesses look to forecasting in their business models.
Also, with all this talk of the commisioner and community owned vs. private ownership, expansion, salary-cap etc., I am wondering if the CFL is headed towards a model like that of the Major League Soccer in the US. Below is an excerpt from http://www.sover.net/~spectrum/mcdonald.html
"â€˜MLS features a unique ownership and operating structure. Unlike other professional sports leagues, which are a confederation of individual franchise owners, MLS is structured as a single limited liability company (single-entity). In a single-entity endeavor, each team operator owns a financial stake in the league, not just his or her individual team. In addition, player contracts are owned by the league rather than by individual teams. The single-entity concept allows teams to operate autonomously in their markets, but with the incentive to see that all teams are financially successful. MLS believes this single-entity structure enables it to avoid many of the pitfalls that have plagued other professional sports leagues. The single-entity design provides MLS and its member teams with the ability to limit the financial disparities between large and small markets, offer commercial affiliates an integrated sponsorship and licensing program, decrease the opportunity for sponsor ambush, gain economies of scale in purchasing power and cost control, and make decisions in the best interest of the entire league rather than just one teamâ€™
I don’t know if this would be good, bad, wise, unwise or otherwise but maybe something to think about, at any rate.