Back in the Old Silurian period, before this Web site existed, the Canadian Football League added some teams that weren’t actually in Canada. Like in, um, Shreveport, Louisiana, which is probably closer to Guatemala than it is to, say, Vancouver.
[Quick Google Maps check: 3200 km to Flores, in Guatemala’s northernmost department (Petén), 4100 km to Vancouver. Sometimes I can trust my gut.]
Should the CFL try again? How about maybe?
I wonder if they might reconsider with the following stipulations: Northern cities only, cities without any professional teams, and expand one at a time. It seems possible that some northern cities might feel more a “part” of something called the Canadian Football League and be more likely to embrace that team. It would also keep travel expenses down and help keep east-west alignment rather than the creation of a “south” division. The second thing would be taking a page out of the NBA, which has had success with numerous franchises in towns where there is little competition.
A couple of those NBA cities — Sacramento and San Antonio — actually had CFL teams.
I would think that there would be a city or two that’s not too far removed from Canada. The attendance requirements in the CFL are not all that great. You only need about 30,000 people to show up, and you’re doing pretty well. And with TV content at a premium, I’d think that the money would be there for more teams and more games.
Weirder things have happened.
(Title from songwriter and draft resister Jesse Winchester, who was born just across the river from, um, Shreveport.)