Braley mum on Argos rumours

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

HAMILTON -- David Braley watched his B.C. Lions' walkthrough under glorious sunny skies yesterday, but he refused to shed any light on the rampant rumours that will be the next owner of the Toronto Argonauts.

"There is nothing I can discuss," Braley said. "Any business transaction that may or may not occur is strictly speculation."

Argos co-owners David Cynamon and Howard Sokolowski are mulling a sale, and Braley apparently is the only person interested in buying.

There's nothing in the Canadian Football League constitution that says one person can't own two teams, and commissioner Mark Cohon has said he would not have a problem with it. If it gets that far, the league's board of governors would have to approve Braley's owning of two clubs.

There are some CFL observers who think a sale could be done not long after the Grey Cup is played on Nov. 29.

Speculation is that Braley does not necessarily want to own two teams simultaneously, but thinks the Argos need solid ownership to remain one of the league's eight cornerstones.

"There is no question the Toronto Argonauts are a very important franchise in southern Ontario and the stronger they are, the league can continue to grow in the west and particularly here in Hamilton because they can grow together," Braley said. "You need sound, strong, ownership in Toronto and quite frankly, I think that is there at the present time."


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