WAYS FOR THE CFL TO GET MORE INCOME AND CAUSE AND EFFECT FOR GROWTH
Looking at the most recent TSN TV Deal for the CFL that was extended in November of 2019, was advertised as follows:
37 million USD with an increase to 50 million USD incentive based on ratings.
The minimum if you factor in $0.35 on the dollar, it becomes 49.95 million CAD per year. Teams get approximately 5.55 million CAD. That covers your salary cap. If it was a max at 50 million, it becomes 67.5 million CAD. Teams get 7.5 million CAD per year. This covers the salary cap with extras to put towards whatever (I.E., player development, advertising, new training equipment etc.).
During the CFL 2.0, it was advertised that Commissioner Ambrosie had a TV Deal also with the Liga de Futbol Americano (LFA). I’m not sure how much was offered to the CFL.
What I’d like to see is a max of 10 Million CAD as a salary cap for each team. This will make more players stay, and not head to let’s say the XFL where you can make about $50,000 USD to $125,000 USD per year.
Increase the positional player minimum to let’s say $75,000 - $80,000 for starting lineup players. So even if you’re a 3rd stringer, make the range respectable like $55, 000 - $60,000. It’s nothing crazy, but it will be more that it was prior.
CFL Draft on Territorial Picks:
If you are lucky enough, and or are drafting a territorial player; make the rookie contact of minimum of 3 – 4 year range with the club. Similar to eventually being an Unrestricted Free Agent in Hockey. These picks, and or salary, will not be used against the Salary Cap. This will be better for player development.
ESPN TV DEAL:
I know ESPN does show its games mainly on ESPN 3, and the Grey Cup on ESPN Deportes. I like that they show it on both platforms. However, last time I was in Chicago let’s say, I checked the listings, and it is only 1 game a week. I was not able to see the Thursday Night or Friday Night game, as it was only scheduled for mainly the Saturday games. They eventually show all the playoffs and Grey Cup. I’d like to see them show every game on those 2 platforms. You get to hit more of the American Market and Latino Market.
If we can get them to show every game, let’s see if we can get an additional $40 million USD per season per say for the ESPN Deal. It does not hurt to try.
In continuing with ESPN, if the deal hypothetically speaking is done; advertise links and or CFL Merchandise on the ESPN, Fanatics Websites.
GRASS ROOTS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT:
I’m going more with the CJFL on this one. Have all 9 teams have an affiliate with a CJFL Team. Vancouver Island Raiders (BC Lions), Saskatoon Hilltops (Saskatchewan Roughriders), Calgary Colts (Calgary Stampeders), Hamilton Hurricanes (Hamilton Tiger – Cats) etc. Some teams will not have one. I.E. Toronto Argonauts, Montreal Alouettes (The St. Leonard Cougars folded), and Ottawa Redblacks.
When I was a kid, and if you had a Leaf ticket for the Hockey Nigh in Canada game on Saturday, you can go to Maple Leaf Gardens at 3pm to watch the Toronto Marlboroughs game prior to the 7pm Leafs game. Why not have every CFL Team to do the same. It would eventually be part of Grey Cup Week.
Should the league consider Revenue Sharing? Do we have maybe a “Designated Player Status” like they do in MLS Soccer that does not count against the Salary Cap?
Feel free to have your say.