CBS wanted U.S. CFL teams: Glieberman

Lonie Glieberman (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency)

Lonie Glieberman (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency)

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:43 PM ET

Lonie Glieberman says the CFL nearly split apart in 1995.

The former Rough Riders owner said: “CBS was really interested in the CFL, especially the American teams ... Memphis, Birmingham, Shreveport, Baltimore and San Antonio. CBS was in serious negotiations with the American teams. They were going to bolt from the CFL.

“CBS was interested in adding teams and breaking away from the CFL. The American teams were revolting. There were meetings at the 1995 Grey Cup, people had plans to separate. Larry Smith was the commissioner. It wasn’t his fault. The CFL wanted to get rid of the American teams as fast as possible after the mutiny.”

CBS walked away and the American teams were gone by 1996 when Baltimore moved its team to Montreal.

tim.baines@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @TimCBaines


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