After Chris Jones’s surprise hasty departure for Cleveland, not a whole heckuva lot has happened in the CFL, though that always absurdly high list of potential free agents is getting steadily reduced from 240 with some re-signings. But free agency hasn’t yet opened and no hint of even opening negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement is in sight.
Bucholtz to the rescue! Andrew talks to the RWB about the CFL’s latest tv deal with ESPN/ESPN+ and the future of Canadian Football broadcasting through the ESPN+ service going forward. (We promise that neither CFLpass nor the Rouge White & Blue CFL podcast are professionally affiliated with ESPN or its products.)
Andrew then gets embroiled in one of this off-season’s hot topics in CFL podcast land, namely the effects of the just-launched American Alliance of Football (AAF) and/or XFL actually stick around as viable sources of employment for professional football players in North America. How much more difficult will it become for CFL teams to sign American players, particularly those coming straight out of college, in the 20s?
Plus: wild speculation and praise for the 2019 Winnipeg Blue Bombers! (What are their odds in Vegas right now...?)
The Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast: Definitely not awful announcing…