Argos looking for handout?

TERRY JONES, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

CALGARY -- Will talk of "Argo Aid" inspire David Cynamon and Howard Sokolowski to remain owners of the Toronto Argonauts?

Are the Argos planning to move out of Rogers Centre to BMO Field, despite not being able to fit a regulation-sized CFL field in the built-for-soccer stadium?

Will B.C. Lions owner David Braley end up owning both the Leos and the Argos?

There were plenty of questions and few answers on the subject of the CFL's weakest link at the annual Grey Cup Week Commissioner's Press Conference yesterday.

The idea of Braley, who loaned money to Cynamon and Sokolowski to buy the Argos six years ago, being a two-team owner has been out there for a while and the idea of moving to BMO field was the scoop de jour overnight.

The idea of teams such as Edmonton, Calgary and now Saskatchewan writing gate-equalization cheques to keep the Argos from sinking found legs here yesterday.

"Revenue sharing will be on the table," commissioner Mark Cohon said of the board of governors meetings here today.

"We need to increase and improve the revenues that came through our league office so that there can be revenue to share."

Saskatchewan Roughriders president and CEO Jim Hopson went on the record yesterday saying it's time for the other teams to talk about coming to the aid of the Argos.

"We need Toronto," he told Sportsnet.ca. "I know people say, 'Aw, they think they're the centre of the universe.' But they are the centre of our media world, have a huge population base and all the corporate money. We need that team to be successful.

" If revenue sharing is what it will take, I think we need to talk about it."

Edmonton Eskimos board chairman Doug Goss wasn't so enthused.

"First of all, I'd be astounded -- astounded -- if this was on the agenda here. I'd be absolutely shocked if this was even brought up," Goss told Sun Media.

"I agree with Jim; Toronto's success is an important part of the CFL being successful and we need to do as much as we can do to keep this franchise vital and successful.

"I'm not sure revenue sharing is the answer.

"There are lots of alternatives to look at and we will look at everything to have Toronto and the southern Ontario market successful."

Goss does like the idea of the Argos moving into a smaller stadium.

"The model of fewer seats and a more intimate surrounding lends itself to being more successful. The Montreal model is great."

The commissioner said "this is a recent development" and said no assessments have been made.

There has been much speculation that the Toronto owners wish to unload the team.

"I want to be clear. I want to have a resolution on their position in the coming weeks," said Cohon.

"Fans need to know that the Toronto Argonauts will be around for generations and generations," he said.

"The bills are being paid.

TERRY.JONES@SUNMEDIA.CA


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