Thursday, June 5, 2014

Apathy a real threat to the CFL

From where I sit it looks like the CFL could be facing a major issue...

If a league implodes and nobody cares, does it make a noise? For all the gesturing through the media, there isn't a whole hell of a lot being accomplished. That includes engaging the public. The biggest hurdle at this point in time is that so far everything is normal. Even in football crazy Saskatchewan the talk is more about punt returning than strike votes. Outside of that, the bigger the centre the less interest there is. As various strike/lockout situations continue to float around, the Canadian public doesn't seem to worried. And for both the CFL and CFLPA that should be a grave concern. Canadians have been conditioned lately by 2 NHL lockouts to find other forms of entertainment when the primary is unavailable. However, the CFL is not a billion dollar industry like the NHL. The league can't afford to lose too much in the way of money and still have something worth saving. I do enjoy the CFL, it's a great game. It's part of the heritage of Canada. But Sportcentre won't be running endless clips of Mark Cohon riding an escalator. There are plenty of stories for TSN to cover. The Blue Jays are red hot. Genie Bouchard and Milos Raonic are moving up the ATP ranks. The Stanley Cup and NBA final are both underway. And the World Cup starts next week. The CFL is already facing an uphill battle for attention, getting themselves buried in a work stoppage is only going to make things worse. The feels like a tragic return to the CFL of my youth: overflowing with mismanagement.

At least that's how I see it, and I sit in the cheap seats.

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