Quote Originally Posted by gilligan View Post
I think your hate on for the CFL and all things UdeM clouds your judgement a bit.

I won't dispute that Danny was a bad GM in Edmonton. It did not help that he was running a team that traditionally won by outspending everyone, and he got to the ones who brought them into the salary cap era (after spending big and loading up for one last Grey Cup). That wasn't a recipe for sustainable success. Perhaps he's learned something since then. He certainly has a good track record at UdeM, which may or may not translate very well to the pros. I see him more as a coach, but others seem to think he could be a GM again. If nothing else, it is likely that he's an upgrade over the Als current GM, but that isn't saying much.

As for the rest, we have one very experienced businessman (Ambroise) dealing with another (Guzzo). One is spouting off on Twitter, and appears to be having personality clashes with everyone involved in the process. The other is just quietly doing his job. You're assuming that just because Guzzo is whining on Twitter that Ambroise must be pulling a con job. I don't think Guzzo's bitterness indicates that at all. Ambroise has plenty of business experience of his own. He handled the CBA negotiations with similar silence publicly, and the end result was a good deal for both the owners and players.

I'd wait to see what the result of the Als sale before judging the league on the process. Just because the guy who didn't get the team is unhappy doesn't mean that the end result won't be good for the team and the league. Whoever buys the team is in for a world of financial hurt short term, so they'd better have a stronger stomach than Guzzo appears to have.
Where did you get into your head that I hate the CFL ?? I love the game, I think the league is managed by self-important clowns concerned solely with protecting their little empire.

As for having success dealing with CBA negociations I'll just LOL. It's much easier when both side have almost no leverage, The CFL and the CFLPA are both well aware that 99% of those guys have nowhere
else to play and of the economic realities of the league. The League knows a work stoppage would put some of the teams in deep troubles with the fans and they have a hard enough time selling tickets already. There's no big TV money to fight over, so it's all in the details reasonable propositions and compromises are easier to come by when you have no wiggle room.
The players have it even worse, if they don't play in the CFL where will they play ? Europe? Nope.
They make a decent living, have families to feed, don't have insane NFL money to build a safety net in case of a strike.
The CFLPA knows that any too extreme or hardened negociation position could turn into a one way ticket to Here-begins-my-life-after-football for it's members.