Unless St. Louis want's to wait another 20 years for the NFL to grant us another team (as LA did), the CFL is our best option to have Professional Football in St. Louis. So, do we waste our time begging the NFL for the next 2 decades (or more) or do we get creative, and strategic, and develop a football franchise that is uniquely St. Louis?
The CFL's problem in America was the NFL! Nothing more...nothing less! The best team during the CFL expansion days (Baltimore Stallions) and the best coach (Dom Matthew) came from the American college and NFL football systems, yet transitioned relatively easily to the CFL and excelled to the highest levels of the sport. The American fans in Baltimore adjusted as well and, in fact, had the best attendance record in the CFL, averaging over 37,400 in attendance per game. The truth is, the NFL was threatened by the success of the Baltimore Stallions, as well as the potential of the CFL in the U.S. So, immediately after the Stallions won the Grey Cup, the NFL snatched Cleveland's team away and relocated them to Baltimore, in hopes of recapturing the fan base that they'd lost to the CFL.
So, here's why it will work. Football fans in the U.S. hate that the NFL season ends after the Super Bowl and doesn't start up again till the fall. As a result, every football fan in America is starving for football, and every sports bookie and sports bar franchise loses $100's of millions during the summer due to the absence of America's #1 sport...Football! During the summer there's nothing competing for the attention of starving football fans in American. Sundays are open... Monday nights are open...Thursday nights are open. So, there's no reason why Canadian Football shouldn't own the American Summer! They can...and THEY WILL!!!
Mathews had coached many years in the CFL before coaching the Baltimore Stallions. Well you are right that the NFL stigmatisim is the problem. It happens even with rookies coming to the cfl that played in the NFL. They think that because they played in the NFL the CFL is going to be easy. Players that make the CFL rosters are fast they have to with that larger field and the fact you have three downs to get that 10 yards there is way more passing. The other rule that is difficult for them is the motion in the backfield offensive players have a running start to hit the line of scrimmage therefor your linebackers and Db's need to be that much more agile and faster. Then there is the NFL is big money and the CFL well those players have to find an off season job as the pay is not even close. But the good part is the guys playing in the CFL are playing because the love of the sport. The NFL it is millionaires playing millionaires. I do not see a CFL move to the USA in the future it would be nice to see a few games in St Louis just to see if there is in fact interest. By the way at every Grey Cup game the Baltimore Stallion fans go to the Grey Cup and even participate.
I know. I just always found it such a travesty that you guys lost the Colts in the first place. Baltimore loved that team. It would be like the Steelers relocating from Pittsburgh.
I have always wondered, had the Baltimore Stallions stayed in Baltimore, would the city support both the Stallions and the Ravens?
It would be awesome to see the CFL in St. Louis. Hope it comes true. As a Canadian, St. Louis has my vote. Great city and great people full of sports fans.
I think we should pursue a CFL team. We've been jilted twice now by the NFL. It's time to move on. Maybe we could start by getting an exhibition game here or even a regular season game (sort of like London is to the NFL). This would give help guage interest.