laxtreme56 wrote: ↑Wed Feb 01, 2023 11:33 am
DavedaHammer wrote: ↑Wed Feb 01, 2023 7:49 am
laxtreme56 wrote: ↑Sat Jan 28, 2023 1:44 pm
The CFL can't even fill a 20k seat stadium in Toronto, Montreal, or Ottawa regularly, but they're going to pack them in Chicago? Please give me whatever you're smoking. Redbird won't approach the CFL again, but I wouldn't be surprised if Toronto joins the XFL after they next TSN deal is smaller or equal to their current deal.
Neither can the XFL sell out in MetLife when the Guardians played there. The original XFL didn't sell out Soldier Field back in '01, There were a lot of empty seats in the middle of a Chicago winter at those Chicago Enforcer games. Probably won't sell out in tiny Cashman soccer stadium in Vegas
The CFL plays in the Summer which is more fan friendly for attendance than freezing in a NFL or February XFL game. They'd easily get 25,000 for a football game during a summer weekend
You don't know if Red Bird would approach the CFL for more "talks" when there were NDAs involved. Once the XFL fails(and it will, the USFL will be the Spring Football league winner). It was Red Bird that approached the CFL for "talks" and they will do so again. The CFL didn't go to them. Once Red Bird doesn't make their financial projections and continue to bleed money. They need to save face and unload it's losses either in Bankruptcy court again or re-enter into "talks" with the CFL in a weaker position then they were in two years ago.
Why would Toronto join the XFL? Where is a Toronto XFL team going to play in? The Blue Jays venue is exclusively for Baseball. If they play in BMO Field, they would have worst attendance than the Argos because everybody in Toronto are going to watch the Leafs or the Raptors instead of a twice failed football product.
TSN would have to pay more for TV rights once the CFL gets that 10th team and they will either by hook or by crook. TSN needs the CFL because they would not have any live sports during the summer. TSN is going to bury the XFL 3.0 behind it's streaming platform TSN+ and won't allow any XFL games on it's regular channels. Just like what ESPN did to the CFL
So now they'll easily get 25k a game, up from 20k. Meanwhile, there are only 2 CFL teams that actually draw that many fans right now. MLSE and Gary Stern have been fawning over The Rock, so they could have as easily led the discussions as opposed to the XFL. Let the CFL work on its own issues at home before trying to expand to the states. That's like getting a paint job on your car, when your transmission is shot.
Yep. Football is more pleasant to enjoy in the Summer(CFL) than in late Fall(NFL), Winter(NFL Conference Title games) or early Spring(XFL, USFL).
The CFL is happy with the TV ratings it gets on TSN, despite being behind a cable wall and TSN not have better TV production to enhance CFL broadcasts.
It was the Rock, Red Bird and Garcia that approached the CFL first in negotiations because they had nothing build up other than buying used football equipment, no TV deal and dead IPs out of Bankruptcy Court on it's XFL reboot. They tried to fast track a league by demanding the CFL to switch to 4 downs, which was the deal killer. The CFL Community teams(Edmonton, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg, 2 of the CFL teams that leads the league in attendance) would've been left out of the merger as they would've been mothballed if the merger went through.
The Rock and the Red Bird are being shortsighted by insisting the CFL plays 4 down football. It would've better off playing the 3 down variety since the CFL game is a better game than the NFL and every upstart league played 4 downs wanting to be NFL lite has failed. See WFL, WLAF, UFL XFL1 and 2 and AAF. If the Rock and Red Bird went to 3 downs and align itself with the CFL, they be on it's second season and probably played a Champions title game between both leagues
CFL needs to expand into the US because all levels of Canadian Gov'ts aren't going to build stadiums in the present time. The US on the other hand, has numerous stadiums that sit vacate for most of the year. They need tenants to offset the cost of operating and maintaining stadium costs.
Why paint a car when you can buy a new one off the lot with easy financing