Who saved the CFL?

Who saved our CFL?

Hugh Campbell

Well in his mind anyhow.

Tom Wright. Great Commish for our league. Saved the Ti-cats and Argos.

You forgot to add All of the Above.

the NFL did also give the CFL some money to stay alive.

The CFL has always had strengths and weaknesses at various points throughout it's history. Strong owners, terrible owners, etc. Yet it has always found ways to survive and have its high moments of popularity.

Tom Wright is excellent in what he does...bringing in Corporate sponsorship, but as far as his saving the league, I don't think so.

First of all, this league tends to save itself at different times. Heck, there was even a time when Sask (a public owned team) was about to go under, they had to have a marathon sales event to keep the team a float...the team survived (no Tom Wright there).

BC got it together by bringing back Bob Ackles, he not only brought it back, but he brought it back to the community...no Tom Wright there.

Montreal coming back from Baltimore, almost began to demise again at the big O, moving to McGill clearly saved them, they are now using one of the best marketing strategies available: supply and demand: limited supply of seats with an exciting product creating a high demand...no Tom Wright there.

Don't get me wrong, I think Tom Wright is excellent, it's just that this survey is a little short sighted. The CFL will always find a way to survive no matter who is at the helm.

Very well said!! Considering the CFL is the older league, and is still here, and has the better quality football, it just proves that it is here to STAY

Kel1:" …this league tends to save itself at different times."

kel1: “The CFL will always find a way to survive no matter who is at the helm.”

There is a lot of truth and insight in those two things you have stated so eloquently, kel1.

Those who forget history though and I hope it is not this group now at the CFL are doomed to repeat it.

Marketing and building the CFL brand and the teams has to continue. It is going well now.

Tom Wright is a good commissioner, but the money to pay the players in TO and Ham didnt come out of his pocket when those teams were on the rocks, the other 7 seven teams stepped up to the plate and that is why this league will be around for a long time to come.

AT one time or another ALL CFL teams have needed help from the rest of the league.[ Except , EDMONTON.]

Yes , SASK…had a telephon, but the NFL also lent the CFL 3 million to save that franchise.

MONTREAL, has been in trouble [2 times], WINNIPEG , has been in trouble , CALGARY, has been in trouble. B.C. has been in trouble.

HAMILTON and TORONTO were in trouble…and they paid that money back that the other teams paid into to them , other wise their would be NO CFL franchises in HAMILTON or TORONTO…it was called a sales fee.

Both TORONTO and HAMILTON…are part of the teams that have to pay a part of a million dollars to the former OTTAWA owners , so they will not sue.

The CFL helps each other out in bad times…and TOM WRIGHT doesn’t just pocket the sales money for teams , the T.V. reveues , the sponsorship payments…he spreads it around to the teams…

Like family we help each other out…in rough times.

TOM WRIGHT…has done quite abit for the CFL…business wise and wants to do more, but 3 owners…don’t like him.

TOM WRIGHT helped save OTTAWA , TOR, and HAMILTON.

Stompin Tom Connors saved the CFL!

Personally when TSN took over from CTV, the professionalism increased 10 fold, even so much as making CBC better...look at the analysts...even the pregame TV hype.... getting major sponsors ect ect ect....Look at the youngsters now at Football games, its cool now to cheer for the CFL.

I think also that the ARGOS and HAMILTON have finally learned from what the WESTERN teams have done for years.

That promoting football should be done 365 days a year.

AND are getting more involved with the community.Visting high schools , more charity work......ect.....

After every ARGO game at home , the fans are invited to meet the players on field to get auto graphs.........ect............KIDS just love that.

The R.C..............is MUCH better for football now after they made some big changes.Winning also helps........but getting the younger people back is KEY to the long term health of the teams.

In HAMILTON, BOB YOUNG, is a promotional genius.
He bought a great new score board and fixed up IVOR W..........to make it look nice.There are even flowers in the womens wash room.

He brought the CATS website, into the 21st century.

But HAMILTON has to start winning.........this year or next year to keep the excitment in Hamilton going.

While it is true that bad owners in OTTAWA didn't help and the OTTAWA press doesn't help............OTTAWA ,should do allot better next year with a full off season to promote football.........Again winning, is the best advertizing.

CALGARY fans are great and they have a good team.......... They have better owners now.

B.C.................is a great surprize.........but will this last if the have a bad couple of seasons? The same thing can be said for the ARGOS.

WINNIPEG , is out of dept and ....SASK.........went to the stock market.
SASK fans , are very patient.

Montreal..........is a huge suc..........and all they need is 5,000 more seats to make money.

As long as the T.V. numbers remain great [second only to the NHL]..........and attendence rises..............sponsors will want to be part of this........the CFL can ask for more money..........Suc........breeds.........suc............and more and more major league sponsors will want a piece of this action.

The CFL was the cover story of the Canadian TIME Mag.......and some of the press are offering better coverage of the CFL.............

Just wait until LABOUR DAY and after..........The T.V. ratings and attendence will sore , up wards.

Having games on the CBC all season long and showing many games on TSN has help allot.............!

TSN'S....... FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL................has become our NFL MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL..........because of , ARGO CEO........KEITH PELLEY.[Former TSN President and the only Canadian to produce NFL football for, FOX.]

People can buy 2 CFL DVDS [CFL TRADITIONS for each team , and a DVD of GREY CUP week and of the full game] ................ They can also buy a great CFL magazine..........................now :smiley:

The CFL is moving on , UP. :smiley:

UNLESS............. 3 owners give the CFL.................another black eye , by not keeping , TOM WRIGHT. :roll: OR finding some one just as good.

We need a true CAP.........and for TOM , to have more authority.
Reffing will always be a problem........I think.

Andre Rison saved the CFL. How many people watch the league just to see him?... Huh?... How many?....

The fans.

who are the three owners that don't like Tom Wright?

Bringing back Montreal and Ottawa in the CFL was a wise thing to do.

Only thing missing is a team in at least one of the four eastern provinces ( NF, NS NB PEI). That would make it a real national league.

CFL made no sense with Toronto being the most eastern team.

B.C...............MONTREAL and HAMILTON..........and the OTTAWA sports press.

And having WINNIPEG in the EAST division.

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