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CFL’s division finals pull in great numbers

People always like to dwell on the negative and when talking about the Canadian Football League, that statement never rang truer. Whether it’s complaining about the officiating, new rules or attendance, it’s been a non-stop barrage of negativity on social media.

Last Friday, I got the feeling that fans in Ottawa and Edmonton took the league onto their back and created a buzz we haven’t felt all season. RNation sold out TD Place and over 34,000 Eskimo fans made the trek to Commonwealth Stadium to really get the country talking. They really delivered on the hype, too, with some incredible drama.

The drama delivered some solid ratings for the league: Just shy of 1.1 million Canadians watched the East Final and 1.3 million tuned in to see Edmonton advance to the Grey Cup for the first time in ten years.

Many were quick to jump on the decrease in viewership for semifinal weekend, but why is it that we hear crickets following the Division Finals?

The CFL is clearly the no. 2 sports property in Canada and I don’t see that changing any time soon…

– written by Travis Currah