News CFL secures partnership with the Austrian AAF

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  1. Seeker1

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    Add the Austrian Football Federation to the CFL's ever-increasing list of international partners.

    The CFL announced Wednesday that it has secured a partnership with the AAFF that will see both organizations create opportunities for Canadians and Austrians to play football in their respective countries. The deal comes after commissioner Randy Ambrosie met with Austrian officials in Vienna.

    Austria becomes the CFL's fourth international partner, joining the Liga de Futbol Americano Profesional in Mexico, German Football League and French American Football Federation. And there could be more as commissioner Randy Ambrosie is scheduled to meet Thursday in Helsinki with football officials from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark.

    After agreeing to its Mexican partnership, the CFL held a combine for Mexican players in Mexico City. The next day, the nine Canadian teams drafted 27 Mexican players over three rounds.

    However, unlike the deal with the German and French federations, players from Austria won't be participating in the CFL's national combine next month in Toronto. That's because the football season in Austria is scheduled to begin March 16.

    "We share a passion for creating opportunities for Austrian players to play at the highest levels and for Canadian players to take advantage of the fantastic opportunity that is football in Austria," Ambrosie said in a statement.
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    So what's the vision here?

    Cheaper talent pools?

    International broadcasting revenues?

    I don't get it.

    The CFL may be able to find a few more talented players abroad who are willing to play for the salaries Canadian teams can afford to pay, but I don't see that as amounting to anything which will translate into widespread international interest that will in turn lead to lucrative media interest and broadcast partnerships in Europe and Latin America for the league.

    It seems to me that we've still got too many problem franchises here at home that need some focus and attention, (not to mention a new CBA to craft), while the Commissioner's gaze is fixed abroad.

    What is it that he sees that I am missing?


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  3. Seeker1

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    What..... your crystal ball no longer works? ;) Guess we can't contact the Commissioner as he is on holiday... er on vacation, seeing the sites in Europe, aah, too tired from his jaunt to attend to mundane business such as the CBA. :rolleyes:;)
     
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    I only "crystal ball" Grey Cup championships.

    And sometimes I'm even right! ;)


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