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
I've noticed that when Ted Rogers bought the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club and SKYDOME my cable rates went up. Hmmm some coincidence! Two years ago, immediately after the Blue Jays signed free agents and re-signed their retained players to huge contracts, my cable rates went up again. Rogers will not pay for the NFL Team. Past record shows that the Cable TV subscribers will be footing the bill. Funny how the CRTC allows this. Itís not like we can go to another Cable Company. No Competition in Ontario, no sirree!
Has anybody ever really asked the question about all of the conflicts that Rogers Communication appears to have when they control TV Networks, Cable TV prices and then seem to justify buying major sports franchises with Cable TV Subscribers' money?
Vince, 2007-11-06 01:58:24
I dont think it will be that long 10 - 15 years. I think it will be more like between the years 2010 - 2012.
Jimmy, 2007-11-05 01:17:31
If there ever is a Toronto team, it won't be called the Bills and they should build the stadium in Downsview or north of Toronto, where there is access to the 400 and 401 highways.
Unfortunately, they'll soak us for tickets and parking.
That said, the NFL does not want to disrupt our storied CFL. The Argonauts have been doing quite well with their record and attendance this year.
Gordon S., 2007-11-03 18:00:46
If you believe Rogers doesnt want to buy the Bills you are really naive. Of course he does, playing a regular season game is testing the waters on how much he can charge for them tickets.
The NFL wants Toronto, just like the MLB and NBA did. It will be a few years but the NFL will be in Toronto. If there wasnt any interest from the NFL or Ralph Wilson they wouldnt be playing an exhibition game and regular season game in Toronto in the same season.
Jimmy, 2007-11-03 01:24:41
All of the channels that are watched in Canada are counted in Canada's television ratings from both the american and the canadian channels! Just ask , tsn , cbc , ctv , the toronto star , the toronto sun , the globe and mail and global television [oh ya , Global dumped their showing of NFL games].
That is how advertizers know how much that they will have to pay for their advertizing on television.
It is how television stations make their money.
As for satellite television , you have to buy those channels. Clearly there are millions of more free television channels in Canadian homes than there are satellite stations in Canadian homes.
In television land , television ratings are everything. Every one knows that.
Tsn , has said that their cfl games out draw their nfl games 3 to 1.
The cfl hasn't been in this great shape in 20 years. The nfl seems to know this. Maybe that is why they haven't been to toronto in 10+ years. It is also because the last 4 nfl ex. games in canada lost them a lot of money.
If you can afford the $15,000 or more for licencing fees for season tickets you are lucky because most people will not pay that much for some thing that they can see for free on television!
The nfl clearly doesn't want or need a team in toronto. The Bills owner likes using toronto as a bargaining chip , nothing more! Coming to toronto was his idea not the nfl's
Even Mr. Rogers says he is not interested in buying , the Bills.
yukari takada, 2007-11-02 18:12:29
I will definitely buy season's tickets to watch the Toronto "Bills" - change the name though!
toady, 2007-11-02 14:53:35
Many news paper polls / studies also have proven that.
It is a big MYTH that , the NFL , is more popular than , the CFL in , ONTARIO. The ARGOS , average 30,000+ a game and HAMILTON , averages 27,000+ per game.
The , 2007 GREY CUP , in TORONTO , is all but sold out!!!
As far as the CFL Vs. NFL players are concerned , just ask , JEFF GARCIA and RICKY WILLAMS , just how bad the CFL players , are?
Do you really think that BILLS fans from BUFFALO will be happy about this?
How many of the few TORONTO fans of the NFL are really going to pay the $15,000-$30,000 licencing fees for season tickets? How about $150-$200 per single game ticket?
If the NFL wanted to be here they would be here already.
Why hasn't the NFL , come back to TORONTO , in last 10+ years? They still go to MEXICO and TOKYO , every year? Surly coming to , TORONTO , is much cheaper than going to LONDON , ENGLAND and TOKYO?
The people from TORONTO JUST LOOK LIKE SUCKERS.
regan flint, 2007-11-02 13:20:46
I went to two Buffalo Bills games about 18 years ago at Orchard Park.
Parking was free and the tickets were cheap and there was a REAL tailgate party.
In Toronto, you'd be soaked for parking, the tickets would be much more expensive and there would be a phony tailgate party put on by the team.
Gordon S., 2007-11-02 11:02:21
Jimmy, 2007-11-02 07:06:01