Argos Charging Coaches to Attend Session
Well, the fact is others in the community had contributed to the success of these same schools - and several more long before the Argos decided to get involved.
This is the same professional organization that introduced their own Toronto high school football all-star team last year but, much to their embarrassment, didn't include the Toronto private schools. Yes, St. Michael's, for example, won the past three Metro Bowl championships.
The Argos, trying to get much-needed attention from a dwindling student market who are focused more on the NFL and the Buffalo Bills, went as far as to mention how they will offer clinics -- leading many people to assume that they would be at no charge. Well, not so.
The CFL team will use legendary and 79-year-old Leo Cahill as the guest speaker for a Friday, Oct. 16 coaching symposium. But, there is a hook and some coaches have told me they think it's shabby that the Argos are charging.
Indeed, it’s $50 for the session that starts around 6:15 p.m. and ends about one hour later -- just in time for, yes, their league game. The Argos are also assuming the people attending the session decide to stick around and watch.
Get this, with the help of OFSAA, they're also appealing to coaches to bring friends and family at $40 per person. So, either the clinic is worth $10 and they're charging the rest for the seats to the game or Cahill and Co. are the prize for $50 -- and the game is free.
Judging by the way the Argos have been playing lately, I wonder if it's a good idea to listen to their football strategies and more. If the Argos played this right, they would seriously consider waiving the fee and opening the doors to all amateur football coaches and run a full-day professional development program during the off-season. That way, they could also bring in some top-notch people from both sides of the border.
I find it hard to believe the Argos are charging because they need the money. Maybe, they're doing this now to help fill the empty seats.