The Buffalo Bills are coming to Toronto.
The NFL has reached an agreement with the Bills that will allow them to play eight games -- five regular-season contests and three exhibitions -- in Toronto over the next five years.
Will games north of the border have any effect on the CFL? Would you go to an NFL game in Canada? Have your say in our forum.
A foothold in Toronto
The Argos are a mom & pop operation, which mainly relies on tickets sales to individuals and families. While the Jays, like an NFL team in Toronto, cater to the business exec's and their customers. A large portion of the Jay's tickets are used for promotional purposes by large corporations. The Jays, who had been losing up to $50 million every year, relies on these corporate purchases for their very existence...the very same market the NFL will be going after. And frankly the Jays pale in comparison to the NFL, which gets going in earnest in July, right in the heart of the baseball season, and will dominate the sports pages and talk shows through their baseball season.
Can the Jays afford to lose 10%, 20% or 30% or their corporate clients and still be a viable operation? Will Rogers continue to be happy losing that much coin every season? And with the NFL coming, facing even bigger losses?? And what about the Jays' corporate sponsorships and TV revenue, which will largley be scooped by an NFL team's lustre?.
In comparison the 150-yr-old Argos have a solid base of fans who buy tickets every year, but their national corporate and TV revenue is only a miniscule portion of their income, and they could probably weather an NFL storm in Toronto much better than other Toronto teams.
Stu D., 2008-02-07 13:47:52
And you want to call us arrogant? You sir, signify the epitamy of arrogance. How dare you think you are the high and mighty authority on what it takes to be a "Real Canadian"? You are just as much an American as the rest of us. Don't tell me you don't watch the perdominantly AMERICAN programming carried by Canadian TV networks, or shop at the Walmart, McDonalds and Home Depot in your neighborhood, or own an American car. And don't give me this BS about Toronto being the only Canadian city that has U.S. big city problems. I have been to other parts of the country, and I'd have an easier time finding drugs and petty crime on the downtown streets of Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver than in Toronto.
So don't be the pot calling the kettle black. What we do in Toronto is our business, so if you don't like it, then TOUGH LUCK! Just shut your trap and focus on your own place instead --- that's what we do here.
Which brings up a point ---the one about the identity crisis. We don't have a crisis. That myth was invented by other people who hate this city for no reason. Most of us consider ourselves Canadian, and damn proud of it. So what if the cultural and social fabric of this city is different from the rest of the country? And what is a "REAL CANADIAN?" I really have to wonder if certain people just trash talk Toronto ONLY because we are made up mostly of racial minorities (to all minorities reading this --- when was the last time you had "Real Canadian" thrown in your face and in what context was it used? I rest my case)
Don't bash Toronto!, 2008-02-05 12:47:54