Ambrosie believes attention from Johnny Manziel will be ‘really good’ for the CFL

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie feels the increased attention Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Johnny Manziel has brought to the league – it’s only been a couple weeks and one pre-season game – will benefit the league.

“If in this case, Johnny is able to bring more fans to our games, watching these amazing players that play our game, we’ve got Ricky Ray, Mike Reilly, Bo Levi Mitchell and the list goes on and on, if one thing causes more people to watch the rest of these world-class athletes than I’m for that,” Ambrosie said on TSN.

“Obviously, when you’re getting people watching our games, seeing how fast and how entertaining the game can be I think it’ll cause people to come back. The more attention we get through whatever means we get it, I think is good for our future.”

Ambrosie initially did not register a contract for Manziel last September. After a vetting process, the commish announced in December the CFL would approve a deal for the Texas A&M University product. And on May 19 Manziel signed with the Ticats.

“Johnny stands out because of his history. He won a Heisman Trophy. There is just something about Johnny’s story that is attracting a lot of fan interest and attention,” Ambrosie said on TSN 1050 radio in Toronto.

“But I’m actually hoping in some way it actually causes people to look at these other guys and go ‘wow look at these superstar football players’ that are playing the Canadian game alongside someone like Johnny Manziel and if that happens, then that’s good for everybody in the league.”

Manziel made his CFL (pre-season) debut last Friday completing 9-of-11 passes for 80 yards and rushing twice for 10 yards. That exhibition game drew nearly 310,000 English-language viewers. The network has decided to air the Ticats second and final pre-season game in Montreal on Saturday with the probability that Manziel starts at QB. Online TSN’s YouTube video of Manziel’s first drive is over 740,000 views.

“He’s certainly a very interesting guy and with a great pedigree,” Ambrosie said on TSN 1040 radio in Vancouver.

“In some ways, I think the story is that Johnny comes to the Canadian Football League…serves to highlight how great our players are. It will be good for Johnny but really good for the whole Canadian Football League.”

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18 Comments on Ambrosie believes attention from Johnny Manziel will be ‘really good’ for the CFL

  1. CFL FAN // June 5, 2018 at 2:18 pm //

    I think they’re just hoping to get a glimpse of mrs. Manziel. 4

  2. Red White Dynamite // June 5, 2018 at 2:18 pm //

    It’s wonderful to see a high profile player who can potentially be the face of the league- for the right reasons.
    He’s making news for what he’s doing on the field. Not what he’s saying and doing off the field.

    • We’ve got a number like that, most notably Duron Carter, but it never hurts to have more.
      youtube.com/watch?v=J0P-6py08iU
      youtube.com/watch?v=9bR8_Xvp5Zc

      • Red White Dynamite // June 5, 2018 at 3:12 pm //

        This isn’t about Duron Carter, it’s about Johnny Football.

      • Tiger man // June 7, 2018 at 10:16 am //

        Carter is only notable for his father’s fame…Johnny accomplished his OWN notarity…

        Regina always trying to horn in on someone else…

  3. Brian Lower // June 5, 2018 at 2:34 pm //

    and in other news, every day of the week ends in “day”

  4. I agree with Ambrosie on this one

  5. shmglsky // June 5, 2018 at 4:48 pm //

    It might sound to the contrary, but the Alliance of American Football is not serving American football interests. If Manziel succeeds in the CFL and makes a return to the NFL, it will only show the CFL is the league to be in for future hopefuls. Sure, some players might leave after a year or two, but they’ll only be replaced by future CFL players, some of whom will find a permanent home in the CFL.

  6. the ratio has to go. It dums down the talent particularly at o line. Flutie mentioned that recently. Let Canadians earn their spots just like they are increasingly doing in the NBA. The American correlation to Canadians and Football is Hockey. In 1968 2% of Nhl players were non Canadians. Now that number is 52% split evenly between Euros and Yanks. All done with free market principles starting at pewee hockey up to the NCAA level in typical American fashion.

    • Lennywasout // June 5, 2018 at 9:31 pm //

      Oh so boring to discuss ratio. Won’t happen. Find something else to whine about.

    • Tiger man // June 7, 2018 at 10:24 am //

      And those leagues are, for the most part,are anchored in the U.S….CFL is a CANADIAN organization….

      The NHL numbers are increasing because the majority of franchises are located in the states….They also have a vastly bigger population…didn’t take that into account with your comparison…

      But, please, don’t let facts get in the way of your rant….

      Just a suggestion…how about we keep the Canadian ratio and ship you south…

  7. Hmmm, a lacklustre game (I am trying to use appropriate language here) versus Argos. Viewers, surely, were underwhelmed…

  8. Anyone who poo-poos the CFL in favour of the NFL clearly knows very little about football. And by “very little” I mean nothing. This is a great game. Get a clue and get back into it.

    • Nope. Been a CFL fan since I learned how to walk. …and NFL is just better football. Its going to stay that way too as long as we pay our players peanuts in comparison. No self respecting football player strives to play in the CFL given what they are (or aren’t) paid to put their body through.

      • Do you understand why CFL players are paid so much less?

      • Tiger man // June 7, 2018 at 10:27 am //

        When we have a population size and TV markets that can support what the NFL gets….THEN …AND ONLY THEN…can players here demand the same money…

        Please, it’s simple economics…catch on….

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