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Can the CFL survive without the Argos?
Fri, October 5, 2007

Bobby Ackles has a cause, and wants your help, football fans. The future of the CFL could be at stake. The president of the B.C. Lions is one of the more respected figures in football, widely known on both sides of the border and with 55 years experience in the game.

What has him worried is the possibility of the NFL moving into Toronto. It's long been talked about, and nothing is imminent, but Ackles' fear is if and when it does happen, the CFL will be through.

Keep NFL out of T.O.



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I'm a Diehard Argos Fan but even more so a diehard CFL Fan.

I wish Godfrey would stay out of it. I think the CFL needs to expand. It is the 'Canadian flavour' of the CFL that makes it so unique. The Grey Cup is the oldest football championship. As for Jon's comments:- I'm sure the rest of Canada would appreciate the NFL in Toronto (NOT!).
Joanne Leslie, 2007-10-05 14:45:29

I doubt Toronto would get an expansion team simply because of the costs. They would have to pay around $ 500 million for an expansion team and then build a new stadium as the Rogers Center is too small by NFL standards. So the total cost would be close to $ 1 billion dollars. Good luck LOL.
Jimmy, 2007-10-05 14:19:21

NFL team in TO would kill the Argo's. They are already struggling. This would be the straw. Hamilton is struggling too. This would kill them as well. That would wipe out 1/4 of the CFL which is also struggling. Essentially it would wipe out the CFL. I doubt we would see the NFL in Canada. Its doing great in the USA. They have learned the lessons in Baseball and Basketball. When the championship is held in Canada, US revenue drops drastically. They probably won't risk it.
wayne, 2007-10-05 12:27:29

Who cares if they leave. Hamilton will get that many more Fans as who can afford to go to a NFL game? The pricing is outrageous. Yes there's a party, but so is there at any given CFL game. Why not spend the money on making the CFL as entertaining as the NFL with the halftime shows etc.

The only thing holding back the CFL from growing is the sallery cap as well. Bring in the big time players, see the big time fan support. Ricky" I love to get High" Waters brought in enough fan fare hoping to see some speed and such. So try it with some of the sober athletes in the US. There is alot of talent. Also what would it hurt if the CFL became a sort of Pre- NFL league, same role a the now defunkt NFL-Eurpoe. there was some good football being layed there. But the CFL would never be let go because we Canadians are too proud of our CFL football.
Wally, 2007-10-05 11:37:36

Canada needs the NFL. Period. Who care what happens to the CFL.
Jon, 2007-10-05 11:23:23

We need to get over the idea that Toronto is crucial to the survival of the CFL. Last I checked there were 7 other teams in the league (8 if you count floundering Ottawa franchise), all with a fan-base and community support.

This hue-and-cry also came up after Flutie left the Argonauts; attendance was down in the Skydome, and the Toronto press moaned about the pending demise of the CFL. Wasnt that the same year they canceled the Grey Cup parade in Toronto, and the game was NOT sold-out?

CFL owners know better than to compete with the NFL, and dont try anymore. They know attendance and merchandising generates as much revenue as TV rights, the latter where the NFL gets its coin.

I would welcome the NFL to Toronto - it is a great sport - and let the CFL return to its grassroots across the rest of Canada.
Mike, 2007-10-05 11:06:42

I'm from montreal and now live in the US and I've just seen my first NFL game (the Ravens). OMG it's unbelievable how successful and what a big party it is! Canada should be in the running and should try it's best to get a franchise. It's bull that 8 games in toronto of 70,000 fans will wipe out interest for the CFL - they are very different leagues with different cultures. What about the Raptors & Grizzlies - who did they kill? Any arguments shouldn't be political... why? Because the CFL OWNERS benefit from keeping the NFL out - they simply don't need to continue improving the league.
jason, 2007-10-05 10:49:48

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