Fans are ultimate winners

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:18 AM ET

Media musings in the stretch run to the wire in the CFL regular season ...

- A round of applause to TSN executives for asking CFL clubs for access to film post-game speeches by victorious coaches after games this year.

And a pat on the back to the five clubs - Edmonton, Calgary, B.C,, Saskatchewan and Hamilton - for letting the camera come in the locker-room to record the speeches and allow them to be posted on tsn.ca.

"We believe it takes fans places they can't go," said Eskimos communications and marketing director Dave Jamieson.

This is the first year TSN is airing post-game speeches from head coaches on the Internet.

Edmonton Eskimos bench boss Danny Maciocia delivered a few interesting lines in the visitors' locker-room after last Friday's 27-20 Eskimos' victory over the B.C. Lions.

"I don't know if you realize it," said Maciocia to his players, "but this is a big, big win for this organization. But having said that, we're not done yet."

With the adrenaline pumping at the end of his message to his troops, he said: "Hey guys, I love you."

There isn't a team in the league that allows cameras in the locker-room after a loss to film the coach during his two-minute talk.

Unfortunately for fans in Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal, their teams also closed the door shut to TSN after a win.

- TSN's ratings are going to take a hit on Saturday with a dud of a match-up between Montreal and Toronto.

Outside of a few diehard Argo fans that want to watch the Toronto train-wreck continue and English-speaking Alouette fans, who is going to watch this game in the middle of a Saturday afternoon?

It's actually going to be a tough weekend for the lone TV rights holder.

The woeful Hamilton Tiger-Cats play in Regina on Sunday afternoon against NFL games.

- The Winnipeg media will have one heck of a storyline on their hands if the B.C. Lions finish fourth in the West Division and play in Manitoba in the East Division semifinal.

That's because running back Charles Roberts would return to Winnipeg after being dealt out of town to the Lions earlier this season.

Putting up more than 9,000 rushing yards in nearly eight years in Winnipeg, Roberts is actually the lone figure on the front of the Bombers' media guide this season.

- I wonder how much the economic slowdown and fears about the economy will impact the number of reporters covering the Grey Cup in Montreal in November.

Sports departments in CFL-mad markets are already talking about budget issues, six weeks before the Grey Cup.

There is no doubt there will be a large Montreal group of reporters covering the game, but there could be a very low turnout of travelling media for the tilt.

In a time when the CFL needs to get as much exposure as it can in the face of possible NFL relocation to Toronto, possible Canadian media cutbacks is not good news.

Cutbacks are already happening for travelling media in the United States covering the National Hockey League.


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