I believe there's too much tradition involved in the CFL, and too many funky rules (re: too much punting) in American eyes for any expansion down south.
I am going to disagree to a point. I think that was a big part of the reason it failed in southern cities, but Baltimore drew 55K. I think there is a real opportunity in northern states as there are a lot more canadians living in the northern border states than in say San Antonio and Las vegas.
I'd target Detroit(windsor), Chicago, Massacheucetts, and NY if I considered it at all. Those would be minimal risk cities in Big media markets near Canada. Adding those 4 cities would add 50% more audience to the league.
The real curiosity to me... anyone think Ottawa will work this next time?.
I am optimistic, but obviously do not live in Ottawa. I personally think more expansion in places like Halifax, Moncton, and Quebec City would dramatically pump up support for the CFL in places like Ottawa--- if done right.
Will Quebec City ever find a way to a suitable facility?.
PEPS seats 18.5K. One would think that could be expanded to 28-35K, but I don't know how receptive the owners of the stadium would be to that idea.
Frankly, if break even for CFL teams is around 25K or so, if I ran the show I would have a slightly different financial model for lower population areas where their franchises might survive with attendance in the 16-20K range. I'd let the TV revenue pay the smaller cities slightly more than the larger cities in the short term while really wortking the government to expand these stadia. The CFL is a Canadian staple and it is high time Canada started treating it that way.