By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News
Posted 2/19/19 (Tue)
Anyone who is a football fan probably remembers the Canadian Football League expanding into the
One of them was the Sacramento Gold Miners, a team that existed prior to 1993, playing in a league called the World League of American Football as the Sacramento Surge.
That proved to be an interesting experiment and after the Gold Miners officially became part of the CFL, six additional teams in
During those first two years, plans were to also have teams in
Four years later, the American expansion was a failure and all the teams had folded.
Before any of that ever happened, there were a lot of pie-in-the-sky ideas about where the CFL should be going.
One of the places under consideration was
As we all know, a team didn’t materialize.
Fast forward 25 years and the CFL is once again expanding with a team in
When the Schooners become part of the league, they will join the other nine teams;
But the CFL’s board of governors want to expand again, and you guessed it, into the
According to news reports, the board of governors learned a huge lesson in 1993 by placing teams far away from the border such as
This time around the intent is to locate teams that are close to the border such as
Also, this time around the possible expansion locations aren’t pie-in-the-sky ideas, but solid plans pushed forward by the CFL Board of Governors.
Yes, Detroit would be a good location, but teams could also be placed in Anchorage, Spokane, Boise, Salt Lake City, Syracuse, Portland, Maine and yes, Fargo.
Everyone understands there is a strong college football presence in
It turns out the
Asper is part of CKND-TV in
Mr. Asper, who is a member of the CFL Board of Governors, said the Fargo Railroad would be a great rivalry for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
There’s no doubt about that as
If you crunch the numbers, Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo, Dilworth, Horace and all the rest of the small towns around such as Mapleton and Casselton, represent about the same population as the city of Regina where the Saskatchewan Roughriders play.
Bring in bus loads of people from southern
And the reason this op-ed was even written is because David Asper is no dummy. He knows a lot about
There is no time line for expansion beyond the
However, time is of the essence for a
Remember the XFL, a league that existed in 2001 and folded? It’s coming back in 2020 and
A Facebook page has been established called XFL, Put a Franchise in
Perhaps there will be competition for a