Murdoch wrote: ↑Tue May 05, 2020 5:43 am
B.C.FAN wrote: ↑Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:58 pm
A strong case can be made that the CFL is a Canadian business that has suffered as a result of the pandemic-related safety measures and is just as worthy of compensation as other businesses that have received support.
Can you have the cake and eat it too?
For as much Canadian as there is in the CFL the league has done nothing but favour imports for the past number of years. Gets pretty one sided with all the concessions they make each time the CBA comes up.
Were any indigenous Canadians drafted this year? 5% of the Canadian population. Meanwhile Ambrosie is off running skills competitions in Sweden and Japan with no clear objective.
But if they are handing out money they sing the song loud and proud.
Season or not, I would like to see a clear organizational objective stated by the CFL. Is it all for the fans or is it just about jobs for the players and bureaucracy. It's a way fo life is a bit lame when you think of it.
I hear what you are saying but on the other hand Canada is a diverse country with many different cultures represented. Somehow saying we will only hire Canadians which would be the extreme conclusion of what you seem to be suggesting is not only limiting but just un-Canadian.
There are many businesses in this country that have employees that may not be citizens (yet) and we allow them to operate and in some cases the Feds subsidize those industries regardless (can we say agriculture). Not to mention that many of those industries are Canadian in name only. Is GM a Canadian Company (really?). How about MacDonald's, Tim Horton's?
Normally I am not a big fan of subsidizing sports but honestly, there are few sports/business pursuits in this country that are as "Canadian" as the CFL. There are no teams outside of Canada, there is a guaranteed ratio of "Canadian" players required on the field at all times. The rules and parameters of the game are unique in the world. How much more Canadian do they have to be? On balance, there are probably few entities that do receive gov. help in this country that have anything close to the requirements to be Canadian as does the CFL. The league is in a pickle financially not through their own making. You seem to suggest that they are somehow less deserving of help because they look around to try and find the best players they can while at the same time trying to maintain the identity of the game. The league is a business as well as a cultural entity. They have to try to make the league the best they can otherwise they risk having no league at all. To that end, they look outside of our borders for individuals who are skilled athletes. Just like the NHL, the NBA, the MLS, MLB and so on. If you want to make a case for the league getting a bit fast and loose with what constitutes "Canadian", you may have something there. But lets not throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Just as another consideration somewhat tangentially related. How many ex-CFL vets who came from outside of Canada have decided to stay and make Canada their home after they have retired? Those individuals came here as foreigners, worked/played here and decided to make a life here. Imagine if there was no George Reed, Henry Burris, or Pinball Clemons. Fine people among countless others who IMO make this country a better place.
Tell me how long must a fan be strong? Ans. Always.