One thing about Friday's TVO hosted debate
* - and a claim asserted by former CFL Commissioner John Tory.
'I' was the person who had suggested, in writing, that the CFL switch to a successful double-header Friday night schedule. Back around the latter 1990s I would watch TSN's Off the Record sports talk show. It had a former player / executive of the CFL as one of its reoccurring (3) guests. Each time, this man would urge viewers to follow Canadian Football because it was 'Canadian'. Its brief U.S. expansion was a past era.
After a third or fourth appearance, I then e-mailed+ this person - at their league office
- a response. I wrote that:
A) I never knew when any of the games were taking place - the league's schedule was then haphazardly arranged throughout the full week. Outside of the SkyDome being baseball first - there should have been no priority scheduling restrictions to deal with.
B) Even if I did find out when a next game was - I wouldn't know my home team's players due to its blackout TV rules (doubled with both Toronto and Hamilton's teams as locally affected.)
Besides knowing the when's and who's, I suggested the Double-Friday schedule because:
1) Younger men and women would take notice of the CFL being regularly displayed upon screens in every bar and sportsbar and thus choose to go to a few expectably scheduled future games as a beginning of a Friday night's entertainment.
2) Parents with kids would re-discover the CFL as something they could enjoy together.
2a) The same goes for younger preteen and teenaged males.
3) Aging baby boomers were already getting a bit old for 'the club scene', but would still want a destination event.
4) The U.S. and Cdn. TV and pro sports market was [then] dismal upon Friday evening scheduling. And this league (especially back then) wasn't going to outdraw the NFL, PGA, etc., during weekend afternoon broadcasts.
5) Multiple games 'in-one-night/day' generates excitement. Even if one particular game is dull, more fans will stick with that because of wanting to keep up with any other game(s). Viewers will tune in early or stick around if given two games, rather than only watching one. I also suggested [just] considering an occasional third Friday night game - scheduled between the two other half-time stoppages.
5a) Was it down to eight or nine teams then? I also suggested keeping a few long-weekend Monday games as a change-up scheduling special - but to keep the other extra weekly games to Saturdays.
I likely received a 'thanks for writing' response at the time. Nothing else. One added fact is, I've never attended a live CFL game. Why should I squander my
money if modest home ownership (and used car affordability) was/is too often well beyond my insecure employment means? That's another reason why I believe that the CFL's (plus Blue Jays, Raptors) TV contracts should always provide for a few regular season games (if only during a couple of Summertime long weekends - fewer at-home viewers, btw) and the one annual championship game upon non-cable /tiered broadcasting signals.
Paid Subscription (cable/internet) Only, with a less-concise season schedule, has become the CFL's recent years' standard; Canadian University football no longer has any TV contract - here within Ontario.
Even nowadays, I can watch occasional New York Yankees baseball games as carried by secondary U.S. broadcast stations. Every major (U.S. based) pro league still places weekend games upon the main U.S. networks while each TV group now operates its own all-sport cable channel(s). Although big city and winning teams dominate, their schedulers ensure that every league team will get some amount of broadcast-level inclusion - except of course for our non-U.S. located teams.
* extra Fri. Oct. 10th Toronto Mayoral Debate(s) note:
I also listened to a two-hour midday (and same day) Friday debate between the three main challengers hosted by Zoomer radio and its TV channel. Larger Cdn. media groups seemingly only reported about the other non-televised Friday debate where no-name candidate Ari Goldkind was uninvited and then re-invited as according to conflicting main candidate responses of the very night beforehand.
Shame upon the black community's local organizers of that 'inner-city issues' debate for refusing to invite a black female mayoral candidate instead of... Goldkind (again). I agree with her on-stage protest.
+ Sure, I can assume that other people independently had the same idea. However, I did write to the CFL's headquarters (directly to a regular guest of TSN's Off the Record
) about switching to Friday Night doubleheader football.
Ditto for all of those of bike path distance/direction markers added in 2008/09. 'I as CQ' wrote a series of public blog posts about that very issue AND describing approximately TWENTY local bike paths, during May of 2006. I received zero correspondence (nor any basic level civic job enquires). Back in 2006, only one such route (mid-Scarborough) had any path markers - and those were measured by mile fractions; Canada switched to the Metric system in 1976. A few of these new marker posts now differ by only 50 metres.
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