Owners to dump Argos?

Argos owners Howard Sokolowski (left) and David Cynamon are thinking of selling the team. (Sun...

Argos owners Howard Sokolowski (left) and David Cynamon are thinking of selling the team. (Sun Media/Mark O'Neill)

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:01 PM ET

Argonauts co-owners David Cynamon and Howard Sokolowski have kicked around the idea of selling the Canadian Football League team.

In a statement released on Wednesday morning by the Argos, the two said they "explore different opportunities and are weighing what is in the best interests of ourselves, our families, and the future of the Toronto Argonauts."

Cynamon and Sokolowski took control of the Argos in the fall of 2003 and a year later hoisted the Grey Cup when the club won it in Montreal against the B.C. Lions.

"We want to make it clear we remain the dedicated owners of the Toronto Argonauts, committed to the franchise's success both on and off the field, and particularly in the community," Cynamon and Sokolowski said in the statement.

"However, we do explore different opportunities and are weighing what is in the best interests of ourselves, our families, and the future of the Toronto Argonauts. We will continue to keep the Canadian Football League and commissioner Mark Cohon informed of any developments, and will certainly inform Argonauts fans, the heart and soul of our franchise, of any real news. In the meantime, we will not indulge in speculation that distracts from what remains our focus: What is best for a game, a team and a league that we truly cherish."

Neither Cynamon nor Sokolowski immediately responded to interview requests.

There is some thought that Lions owner David Braley would sell that club and then buy the Argos. Cynamon and Sokolowski acknowledged earlier this season that Braley helped them financially when they rescued the Argos from bankruptcy in 2003.

The on-field success for Toronto has gone sour in the past two seasons after four consecutive appearances in the East Division final.

Since the beginning of the 2008 season, the Argos are a combined 7-25, with four of those wins coming under head coach Rich Stubler, who was fired last September and replaced by Don Matthews. After Matthews went 0-8, he was replaced by Bart Andrus, and the Argos now sit in last place in the CFL with a record of 3-11. They will be hard-pressed to win any of their remaining four games, which includes home and away games against the Edmonton Eskimos and home dates with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes.

Cynamon and Sokolowski also are involved with the Ice Edge group, which remains in the hunt to buy the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL.

Meanwhile, the Argos traded offensive tackle Cliff Washburn to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for a fifth-round pick in 2010 and a conditional pick in 2011. Washburn re-joined the Argos last month after he was cut by the Houston Texans and did not appear in any games since for Toronto.

terry.koshan@sunmedia.ca


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