Americans may become fans of Canadian football if NFL labor disputes wipe out the NFL's next season
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With an NFL labor dispute threatening to wipe out next season American gridiron fans may look for different ways to get their football fix and their northern neighbors may have the answer.
The Canadian Football League (CFL) could prove an exotic alternative with its three downs, 12 players, bigger field and more backfield motion than a conga line, but it delivers the same bone-jarring action that has made the NFL America's most popular game.
The eight-team league has been around since 1958 and the Grey Cup - Canada's equivalent to the Super Bowl - will be contested for the 99th time this season.
Despite a rich past, the CFL has had limited exposure in the United States and, for the most part, remains a mystery to many Americans who are dedicated NFL followers.
But last year the CFL entered into a deal with the NFL Network to broadcast games in the United States and with the labor dispute dragging on the network is looking to add more to fill a possible programing void.