Duane Forde out of the running for CFL commish job (& the league never called)

Well respected TSN analyst Duane Forde never submitted an application for the CFL commissioner job.

“I made the decision not to apply for a couple reasons, the main one being it’s not a fit for my family right now,” Forde says.

Also of note: at no point during the process did anyone from the league reach out to Forde about gauging his interest. The 48-year-old did express interest in the commissioner position back in May, but that’s as far as it went.

A bruising fullback, Forde, a Western University alum, played 12 seasons in the CFL for the Stampeders, Argos, Bombers and Ticats. He won two Grey Cup championships with Calgary in 1992 and 1998.

Forde joined TSN in 2008, after stints at Sportsnet (2003-2005) and TheScore (2006-2007), where he continues to be a game analyst and the network’s lead CFL draft guru.

Back in 2012, Forde was in the mix to be the assistant general manager for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, which included four face-to-face meetings, but that job eventually went to Kyle Walters, the current Bombers general manager.

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32 Comments on Duane Forde out of the running for CFL commish job (& the league never called)

  1. White Horse // June 16, 2017 at 12:13 pm //

    I don’t know if he has the skills for the job but Duane is a very football savvy guy. It wouldn’t fit his life now anyway.
    He should get into coaching though for starters.

  2. mrnehnehincognito // June 16, 2017 at 12:13 pm //

    Thank God. This man is well spoken and a great broadcaster but I fail to see how that makes him qualified for the job.

  3. Scottsask // June 16, 2017 at 12:36 pm //

    I haven’t heard anyone’s name that is wualified for the job.77

  4. Scottsask // June 16, 2017 at 12:36 pm //

    Qualified for the job.

  5. Whoever gets the Commish job hopefully is able to identify with the fans as well as be the businessman as required. Orridge just wasn’t able to get that part of the job down. Cohon had that down pat. More football acumen in the candidate would help too IMO.

  6. Stephen Fisher // June 16, 2017 at 12:45 pm //

    DF would have been my favourite applicant. He knows the league and its history better than anyone. The last batch of commissioners have been politicians, schmoozers and marketers. I thought it was time for a football person. Like Larry Smith who had a successful run.

    • jhayman // June 16, 2017 at 3:03 pm //

      That made me smile. Your best example of someone who is not a “politician” is Larry Smith, currently the leader of the opposition in the senate. 🙂

  7. Scottsask // June 16, 2017 at 12:55 pm //

    Wasn’t he responsible for the American expansion debacle?

    • I saw the Sacramento Gold Miners play in Regina. Bizarrely, they had some N Cali fans who trailed after them all the way to SK to watch.

      • mrnehnehincognito // June 16, 2017 at 1:52 pm //

        Do you remember how Calgary ended up getting screwed in 1993 with the addition of the goldminers?

  8. mrnehnehincognito // June 16, 2017 at 1:11 pm //

    The job of the commissioner isn’t to set the policy and run the league on his vision. It’s to be a spokesman and carryout,mitigate,arbatrate the deeds of the owners.
    This is where the problems lie.
    As much as I credit David Braley for saving 2 franchises at great personal and financial costs and as much as I think he should get his own wing in the Canadian football HOF. I don’t think he had the ability or desire to change and become appealing to younger generations. Nor does Bob Young or Bob Wentinhall (sp??).
    Community ownership in Edmonton and Saskatchewan is antiquated and these teams need a visionary owner to carry these teams in the business aspects.
    We need young dot com, nasdaq type owners not wall Street,Dow Jones type owners

    • Yeah, Bob Young is so old-school. If only we could find someone who has done something exciting, like start up a software company or an e-commerce company, and who has a fortune he’s willing to invest in the CFL. And some connection to the Hamilton area. So many to choose from …

      • mrnehnehincognito // June 16, 2017 at 2:47 pm //

        Expat. You can’t take everything to the most literal view. When people talk about dot com and nasdaq they are taking about mellenials and newer liberal ways if thinking. It doesn’t literally mean someone who has been successful in the high tech world like Bob Young. Come on think a little bit

        • mrnehnehincognito // June 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm //

          Furthermore Expat. I’m not saying Bob Young hasn’t been good for the league and the ticats because he has. He’s been very committed. But he’s of an older generation and I think new blood is needed

          • Riders13 // June 16, 2017 at 3:27 pm //

            God help us all if the millenials and liberals ie the entitlement generation are ever in charge of the CFL. The only thing visionary about them is when they smoke their soon to be legalized weed.

          • I guess that is why Ticats (along with Ottawa) have one of the younger fan bases and are constantly making changes to the fan experience to attract millennials. Young is a very hands off owner but supports innovation and is forward thinking for someone of *an older generation*! Age has little to do with it – attitude towards change certainly does.

          • Pony boy. You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

        • mrnehnehincognito // June 16, 2017 at 4:01 pm //

          Well maybe on not articulating myself well. Maybe mellenials who ate innovators is what I’m trying to say

          • OK, so we just need to find some 30 year olds with at least $50-100 million kicking around.

            Sorry for taking your words at face value earlier. It’s just funny that the metaphor you chose (if that’s what it was) so perfectly described the guy you said it didn’t.

  9. I agree with your comments about the Commish being the go between of the owners, but not with community ownership being an issue. I will not speak to Edmonton, but Sask has successful local business people on its BoD, and they’ve done a fantastic job of making/keeping a small market relevant to all generations of its fans. When I go home I see little kids, the elderly, and everyone in between wearing the Green & White and talking about nothing but the same. No change of ownership needed there. Nothing is perfect, but its not far off.

  10. mrnehnehincognito // June 16, 2017 at 1:47 pm //

    True Grain.
    What I said is somewhat contradictory when you consider the 2 community owned teams are probably the most successful financially. My point if view lies in the dynamics that will exists between the 7 teams with private owners and the 2 with BODs. I think these 2 entities are in conflict with different values,needs and point if views. Consider too the trend has been towards private vs community ownership in the last few decades.

    • I’ve heard that can be an issue at meetings, but generally speaking I think they all realize that everyone needs to be have a healthy balance sheet at the end of the day, and play nice by and large.

  11. Not so sure // June 16, 2017 at 2:24 pm //

    great financial losses. I,m not sure. hosting a grey cup can reap up to $10 mill each. how many did he get.hm

  12. If one wishes to be considered for any job, one applies for it. Simple

  13. Ya look at the commish of the NHL. He is a fan friendly likeable guy, schmoozer and best of all the greatest marketer of that league. NOT.

  14. Bottom line is this – the new COMMISH – needs to FIND WAYS to SUBSTANTIALLY increase revenues and exposure for the league and every team it has. A 10 or 12 team league would also help in many ways plus create football jobs in many areas. Without that type of guy the league will continually spin it wheels and never reach it full potential as the other major pro sport leagues in North America have done.

  15. the league needs to do 3 things:
    1) find a commissioner that has a successful business background in marketing and loves football. he can be American or Canadian.

    2) Need to establish a team on the east coast preferably Halifax.

    3) Keep the cfl in the spotlight all year round. after the grey cup you hear crickets from the league.
    4) do a better job attracting young kids to the cfl thru ex: camps, flag football, etc. at a young age.

  16. Ticats63 // June 18, 2017 at 7:06 pm //

    I was hoping Forde would get the job…..any job, for that matter, to get him off TSN broadcasts! The guys add no value, no insight, unlistenable! He’s the nest reason for fans to buy a ticket and go to a game – just to avoid having to listen to the Black and Forde show reruns…..the game on the field is new, but their act never changes.
    As for the new CFL Commish…..what’s Tony Gabriel doing these days – he never met a microphone he didn’t like.

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