The CFL on NFL Network is a hit. And it’s up to the Edmonton Eskimos to keep it that way.
So said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon Sunday. Sort of.
“I know they are very pleased, very happy,” he said in a brief press box scrum prior to the Montreal Alouettes-Edmonton Eskimos game.
“I know that they are planning to increase their promotion for the next two games.”
It’s about those next two games. The Eskimos are involved in both. The first broadcast was the ultimate exhibition of Canadian football, the double overtime 54-51 classic featuring a pair of two point converts and one of the greatest catches you’re likely to see in any football game of any description all year by Alouettes S.J. Green.
The second was Saturday’s 23-22 Calgary Stampeders win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a game which began with a touchdown on a return, featured the winning field goal with 10 seconds to play and a blocked field goal attempt on the final play of the game.
It’s Edmonton versus Saskatchewan from Regina next weekend on the NFL network and the Eskimos versus the Blue Bombers from Winnipeg the following weekend.
“43% of the games were decided in the last three minutes,” said Cohon.
So far no ratings have been released by the NFL Network and the commissioner wouldn’t indicate the finances involved in the 14-game package signed only a couple days before the season started.
“There’s value on both sides,” he said. “I think it’s great that the players’ families are able to see them in the United States and it’s good for future CFLers to see it too,” he said of awareness which should help recruiting.