Last week at the CFLPA Annual Meeting wherein Mr. Cohon was present he made this remark:
Mark Cohon said just last week that he wants "to make the CFL the most respected sporting organization in Canada, bar none. "Surely this isn't just talk, he must have some game plan to achieve what he wants to get done right? Well, the thing that keeps this league together are us proud Canadians and diehard fans of the CFL. I believe that if Mr. Cohon surely means to do this, then we, as fans should tell him exactly what we are looking for that would, in our eyes, make the CFL the most respected sport organization in Canada.
Of course nothing happens overnight, and many things, especially expansion will take years to develop and go through. Nontheless, take advantage of this one thread and let the execs know what YOU think the CFL should focus on.
Top of my list is of course a CFL Video Game, there are numerous topics on this the most recent being http://www.cfl.ca/index.php?name=PNphpB ... ic&t=25113 and also a quick google search will net you thousands of similar discussions. But the one thing is, is MAKE SURE it's GOOD! Anything less, will reflect badly upon the league.
Secondly, officiating, but I do believe (hope) something is being done about this. As an amateur official myself, I hold the opinion that it is such an important part of the game, and a bad record in officiating brings a black mark to the league, and can really turn many fans off.
Thirdly, and this kind of ties into my first point, Marketing. Although each team has a responsibility to market themselves to the market, the league needs to step up its own corporate marketing of the league in general. Make it hit home that this is an all Canadian sport, with all Canadian teams. Use that sense of national pride and run with it, sensationalize it if you have to. Make a Canadian NFL fan go "I enjoy watching the NFL but ill go check my cities CFL team out, this IS our game." Be a part of the big Canada Day celebrations in all of your teams markets!
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this, you are all fans too, so your input is invaluable!