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What effect will the NFL have in Toronto?
Tue, April 15, 2008

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.

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The NFL is the pinnacle of football, that's for sure.

However, Toronto feels the need to have a team because they want to be seen as an important city in the world.

I would rather go to a game in Buffalo and partake of the real tailgating than one in Toronto with fake tailgating and a corporate crowd.

I don't think a few exhibition games will have any effect on the Argonauts.
gordholio, 2008-02-03 13:43:37

The NFL is primarily a game aimed for the TV audiences. When you are in the stadium attending the games, there are too many commercial times-out (not the grammatically incorrect timeouts). There are also too many team times-out. They take away the built-up excitement of the games and make them too prolonged and irrelevant by the time the 4th quarter comes along. At home, fans switch from one game to another on a Sunday afternoon. There are not too many fans that watch an entire NFL game from start to finish. There are more Raiders/Arizona type games than Dallas/Packers type games. I also believe that the continuous suspensions for substance abuse and the Michael Vick type of lawbreaking by NFL players are too numerous for Canadians' palate. The CFL can only benefit with the arrival of the NFL to HOGTOWN. The CFL will benefit tremendously from the NFL marketing techniques. The NFL brass will do all they can to prop up their CFL cousins. It is in their best interests. They have shown that they are good corporate citizens. Oh, and by the way, the team that will be playing there will still be called “THE BUFFALO BILLS”

You guys in TO are nothing short of being SUCKERS! Go ahead, pay $250 for an NFL exhibition (pre-season?) game.


Vince in Ottawa, 2008-02-03 08:10:46

For as long as I can remember, (I'm well over 50,) Toronto has wanted to be an American city. They want to play in all the US leagues. Likewise, the people of Toronto are a totally different animal than everyone else in Canada, completely disconnected from the realities of being Canadian. Toronto now has all the same social ills suffered by the bigger US cities, and the same myopic, obnoxious, centre-of-the-universe arrogance they have always had. It's an identity crisis; they have to watch TV to get a sense of who they are, but they watch NBC, CBS, and ABC. So let them have their NFL franchise; it won't change a thing. All their teams will still be Toronto's teams; none of them will ever be Canada's team because Torontonians keep making it very clear that they don't want to be real Canadians. So pack quietly, and go already. Chances are it will be several weeks of peace and quiet before anyone notices, and even then, I'm betting no one complains.
Roy, 2008-02-01 18:04:27

The CFL game is superior but the NFL game has superior marketing. They will sell out these games but Canadians aren't stupid enough to forsake the CFL and bow to America the great markrting.
Len, 2008-02-01 17:45:44

Yukari, the only ratings that are counted for canada are from the canadian channels and who is watching those specific channels. If I watch an NFL game on a us channel which does not have canadian commercials,etc it is not counted in the ratings for canada (check the toronto star for ratings sometime - it states usa channels not counted in the ratings only canadian) Advertisers in the usa do not care how many people in canada watch and canadian ad. do not care if we are watching a usa satellite channel cause there commercials are aimed at canadians) Yeah tsn outdraws for cfl but who cares, nfl games are on other channels as well! Most people have cable or satellite and those that do not probably don't watch as much tv anyhow.

cfl is on the way out cfl stands for collapsing football league, nfl will charge 100$-250$ a ticket and sell out the dome. Arnots barely get 20,000 people for much cheaper rates.

I say we rename the Bills when the do come here and hopefully real soon! Toronto Bisons (just kidding). I used to watch the CFL and when I moved here from nova scotia the tiger cats were blacked out so I lost interest.

NFL WILL sell out here and I will buy a seasons ticket for sure! I am sooo excited. Better than watching the leafs lose for only like 1000$ for a seasons ticket.

toady
toady, 2008-02-01 16:04:57

What`s this is (t)oronto the center of the universe. Put teams in Halifax, Quebec City and Ottawa instead of toronto and I am certain that the CFL would survive. Gordie
Gordon, 2008-02-01 15:38:21

I wouldn't walk 5 feet to watch an NFL game.
Dave, 2008-02-01 15:19:26

Yes it will. Within the next 3 - 5 years maybe a lil longer.
Kirk, 2007-11-15 18:07:33

I agree Kirk the NFL is a far superior league than the CFL, which I wont even watch.As for TO getting a NFL team it just isnt gonna happen.
ozzy, 2007-11-15 07:21:17

To Ozzy

How many people like you ever thought major league baseball would expand here and then the nba ?

Its going to happen in the next 3 - 5 years. I will go to as many games as possible. NFL RULES.
Kirk, 2007-11-14 17:54:11

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