chrisCLEMENT

1981
Northern Football Association (AFA) - 1981

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You could switch logos in the early 2000s. 

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3 hours ago, Totems!! said:

No Saskatchewan, truly disappointed. Best fans in the real CFL.

 

He never said that Sasky wouldn't have a team...I just speculated which cities would be most likely to get one.

So, keep holding out hope...

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the bottom right is better and strong

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I would just use a shape of the leaf with NFA put in it with no shield at the bottom. I would use the thinner letters for sure & the Red & Black color scheme or just Red & White.

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Yes! I like the thicker version, but it won't really work until you get into the 90s and 00s. The thinned out ones in the left make a lot more sense given the time period. The top left is the one for me. Personally, I'd like to see straight bottomed text, but since you've made it clear the similarities between the NFA and NFL logos are intentional, it's not a huge deal. 

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I did one final mockup of the league logo, want to get this finalized by tomorrow so I can release the backstory of the league. 

 

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Thank you to everyone who has responded so far, I am very impressed by the interest this league has already generated. Really excited about where things can go from here!

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Still like the middle ones the best...not sure which one would make a good 70's/80's logo and which one would be good for the present day.

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1 minute ago, MBurmy said:

Still like the middle ones the best...not sure which one would make a good 70's/80's logo and which one would be good for the present day.

 

Thanks for the feedback. Funny that the Red/Black combo is the favorite of mostly everyone but is my least favorite.

 

These would just be for the 70s-80s-90s logo. While I like the thicker logo better, these two are more time appropriate. 

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the bottom middle! it is different from actual NFL logo this time since you changed the font itself and the colors match for Canada

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OK then...get the bottom middle 

21 minutes ago, chrisCLEMENT said:

 

Thanks for the feedback. Funny that the Red/Black combo is the favorite of mostly everyone but is my least favorite.

 

These would just be for the 70s-80s-90s logo. While I like the thicker logo better, these two are more time appropriate. 

I think the reason why we like it is because it give the perfect balance of colors (red, white and black)

 

Bottom middle is the best...let's go with that and get the league goin'!

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I kinda like the double red look more than the Red and Black

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I would go with the right bottom for now, then move to the middle top in the early 2000s to look more "modernized". 

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Love the center one on the bottom. I think the red and black color combination screams Canada the most, although I'm American so what do I know? Thanks for starting this up, I look forward to the unveiling of the teams and seeing how you run the league. Good luck!

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I'm a fan of the bottom left. That red/red and white is very "Canadian" to me.

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The red and black is still an identifiable Canadian colour scheme, but the double red looks good as well. I'm very excited for this project.

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Bottom right looks perfect. Can't wait!

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NFA 1977 – League Formation (Part I)

 

Thomas van der Linden, nephew of former Toronto Bruins owner Louis Steele, has been around professional football for most of his adult life. His first job out of college was working for the Steele’s legal team that unsuccessfully sued the Canadian Football Association (CFA) for its 1968 Revenue-Sharing Agreement. Prior to the filing of the Canadian Football Protection Act (CFPA), he spent two years researching the financial viability of American football in Canada, for his uncle’s AFA expansion bid. When the CFPA caused that venture to fail, Linden approached the CFA regarding the potential consequences of alienating Steele. The league on the other hand, was not phased by his concerns, stating he was too close to the situation for his insights to be taken seriously. They continued to underestimate the value of the Bruins and the financial stability they brought to the league. The CFA ultimately forced Steele into a position where he had to sell his franchise. However, Steele feeling betrayed by the league he financially supported for so long, electing to fold the team instead. It was at this moment, Linden knew the collapse of the CFA was imminent.

 

Without the Bruins, ticket sales surprising rose for the first season before plummeting to all-time lows over the next three. Television ratings were dreadful, with more Canadian households tuning into AFA regular season games over the Windsor Cup Playoffs. It was obvious the CFA was failing to reach the younger demographic. Canadian youths were rapidly becoming further interested with American football and the AFA. In 1974, rumors began surfacing that the Canadian Amateur Football Federation (CAFF) was contemplating abandoning Canadian-rules for American-rules. The events were happening just as Linden warned. By forcing Steele out the CFA, the league left itself vulnerable to the inevitable rise in popularity of American football and the AFA throughout the provinces.

 

In 1975, Linden contracted yet another survey on the viability of his proposed new league, which he referred to as the Northern Football Association (NFA). Commissioned by a third party organization, the results showed that there was substantial support to the prospects of a professional American-football league in Canada – both at the gate and delivering television viewers to advertisers. Armed with this data, Linden patiently waited for the right time to execute a plan that would bring American-football to Canada and change landscape of the sport in the Great North forever.

 

When news broke that Vancouver and Montreal were both boycotting the 1977 CFA Season, Linden knew his window of opportunity had finally opened. David Sutter (Vancouver) and Mathieu Marleau (Montreal) have owned and operated two very fiscally successful CFA franchises for the last decade. Sutter and Marleau were perfect candidates to head up franchises, and the turmoil with the CFA put them in a perfect spot to be persuaded by Linden. It took several meetings, over the course of two months, but by Valentines Day both Sutter and Marleau tentatively agreed to owning an inaugural franchise in the NFA. With these two well-respected men on board, the league instantly gained credibility within football circles.

 

With two owners tentatively on board, Linden directed his energy to acquiring the financial and technical support of the AFA. Surprising this was quite easy, and getting AFA on board took minimal persuasion. With Steele vouching for Linden, the AFA was more than willing to offer all the technical and financial support the NFA would need. The AFA believed that this new league would not only provide the AFA with a place to develop their own American players; but would expand the AFA player pool by giving Canadian players the chance to develop into AFA caliber talent. 

 

The foundation of the NFA, led by Linden, was quickly forming. The timing of the announcement that the CFA would not complete its 1977 season an would be folding could have not come at a more perfect time. The window of opportunity for Linden, and his new league, flew right open. In a matter of days, Sutter and Marleau went from tentative to confirmed owners who hoped to commence play in the 1978 season.  

 

*Disclaimer: The next couple of posts will contain mostly (if not entirely) narrative. I have broke it down into three parts so it will be easier to digest. I really want to start introducing the teams, trust me. But this backstory is vital to the whole storyline so it needs to be presented first!

 

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I'm a big fan of the red and green, a very under used colour combination.

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