Inside the CFL

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

GOD ON THE GRIDIRON ...

Coming soon to a CFL stadium near you: God Night.

Well, maybe.

Third Coast Sports, a U.S. Christian marketing company based in Nashville, is reportedly negotiating with a number of different sports leagues, including both the CFL and NHL, to introduce a 'Faith Night' to their games.

The purpose is to draw Christian fans to games for either a cut of the tickets sales or a percentage of sponsorship deals.

The event usually includes a Christian rock band and a revival meeting either before or after the designated game. Organizers get local reps from the Christian community involved.

It also includes giveaways of 'Bible Bobbleheads,' which include figurines of such Biblical figures as Moses.

"People line up for hours before the gates even open to make sure they get one," Brent High, Third Coast Sports president, told the National Post.

"This will work anywhere. There are Christian people everywhere."

Faith nights have already been held at a number of events, including an Atlanta Braves game. Although High declined to name any CFL teams that may be interested, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers once held church services at the stadium before Sunday home games.

A CFL spokesperson said the league, which is already involved with Athletes in Action, would support such a concept.

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