Give me a couple thousand bucks and I’ll produce a better schedule than the CFL produces.
It’s not that difficult to draw up a decent schedule. Use a computer spreadsheet. Or don’t.
You can work around the issues of television times, stadium availability and bye weeks. You can consider days off. You can include the traditional Labour Day games and home-and-home series. It’s quite easy and it won’t force the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to open their season with five games against Western opponents, nor will it make the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders play their first five games against Eastern opponents.
It’s simple to alternate inter-divisional games while having teams play late-season, playoff-dependent contests primarily against teams in their division. And we won’t forget that Saskatchewan played three games last season against Winnipeg and Calgary, so in 2018 they should play three games against B.C. and Edmonton.
Kudos to the CFL for producing the 2018 schedule before Christmas. Now send it back for fixing.