Hey Homer, there really is a CFL draft on TV
A few years ago, it was the ultimate joke about the junk sports on television. There was everybody's favourite slug, Homer Simpson, lying on his couch, so desperate to view anything sports-related he was actually watching the Canadian Football League draft. Next to lawnmower racing, could there be anything more unwatchable, less interesting or just plain dumb than the CFL draft -- even if you do have the drama added by the occasional drafting of deceased players?
Well, the joke has become reality. For the first time, TSN will air the draft Saturday morning (11 a.m.) It's not clear whether Homer will be watching, but TSN is hoping a lot of Homers will be tuning in.
``We do the NHL draft and the NFL draft, so it's only right that we should do this," says TSN president Phil King.
But altruism isn't the only motive here. At the league's urging, TSN produced a webcast of last year's draft and was surprised by the interest. While viewer numbers aren't available, they surpassed the channel's expectations and created a few problems for those trying to log on. King called the response ``encouraging."
This year, with the league's support, TSN decided to go all the way. The event was scheduled for 11, mainly not to interfere with any other TSN programming, which would indicate TSN isn't expecting a huge audience.
But it could come close to the much-hyped NFL draft, which was watched by only 107,000 Canadian viewers last Saturday. Half the audience with one-thousandth the hype would be a victory.