CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon it's time to start talking about an earlier start to season
CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon took part of the parade at last year's Grey Cup in Regina and says he flet the -25 C temperatures. (Lyle Aspinall, QMI Agency)
Out-going CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon won’t be in the job, but believes the time might be right to have a good, long look at moving the CFL season up by two weeks.
“It came up last year at Saskatchewan. Saturday at the Grey Cup, if you remember, it was minus 35. I was down in the parade. So I felt it,” said the out-going Commissioner who will present the Grey Cup for the final time Sunday in Vancouver.
He was reacting to an Edmonton Sun exclusive Tuesday in which Edmonton Eskimos President & CEO Len Rhodes revealed he is spearheading, along with Calgary Stampeders president Gord Norrie, a move to get the schedule moved up in 2016.
“I think the important thing about this is that you now have the opportunity to think about these sort of things.
“This year, at the start of our season, we were really having to focus on our labour negotiations. We were focusing on launching TSN with our new agreement.
“In terms of long term, this will now be on the agenda and these are the types of things the Commissioner and the presidents and the board of governors need to talk about,” he said of his replacement.
“If you move the season up a few weeks it could address some of the cold-weather issues.
“We’d obviously have to deal with TSN and work with them in partnership with that.
“But I think these are the type of conversations we should have moving forward.
“It’s always difficult selling the semifinal game. It’s so quick after the last game of the season. Most teams should package it with their season tickets. But obviously cold weather does have an effect when you have your 70-inch high definition TVs and you man and lady caves, too, and people want to stay home.
“We have to make sure the environment is right for people to come out to the stadium as well.”