Ricky Ray + Jeff Fuller + Levi Noel + Brian Jones + Khalil Paden = Unstoppable Force
Most commissioners have had troubled tenures, especially in the modern era, because the CFL has been a troubled league. Maybe I didn't make myself clear enough. I simply stated that being a Lawyer is apparently beneficial. That was in response to your comment about not knowing how Law would help in this particular role (paraphrased). Many of them have been one. Good or bad, they got the job.
I am not saying the new commish will have a legal background, or should.
I also believe that Marc Cohon may have been the best of all time, and his business background played well for him. He's basically a pro executive.
My point, and I'll stand by it; this league doesn't need some corporate egghead who spews power phrases and cliches and has no clue what this thing is all about. This 'thing' is unlike any other business going. The new commish should have an understanding of this league and it's unique charm.
I know a couple qualified candidates. May the best one win.
Sounds like Wayne Parrish is the latest to lobby for it. He's background is Journalism, and has been involved in managing organized leagues as of late.
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I can see LeBron James making close to 100M a year next year between NBA salary and all his endorsements. I think he'll make 40M just on his NBA salary alone with the huge bump in the cap after the new TV rights deals.
Steve Simmons also floated a couple of other intriguing names: Kevin Abrams, assistant GM of New York Giants, and Stewart Johnston, president of Bell Media Studios and TSN.
Also Paul Beeston, but I have a hard time seeing him want to take on that sort of a challenge at this stage of his life.
Rod Pedersen brought up Brad Wall's name. Yeah right......
I wouldn't care if they brought Larry Smith back. Can baffle people in both English and French and isn't afraid of a mic. That's half the job, maybe more than that. The owners make the rules and call the shots, the Commissioner is just a front man.
What about Glen Grunwald? I know he is a basketball guy, but so is Parrish. And Grunwald has some good connections. What about Jim Lawson, current Chair of the Board (and Woodbine CEO)? To get really crazy, what about Shannon Hosford, VP of marketing for MLSE? Just throwing some names around here.
I previously suggested Keith Pelley, but now I am leaning very much more for Jock Climie.
Brian Burke. A name suggested by James Cybulski