The Toronto Argonauts could be on the verge of being sold to David Braley.
David Cynamon and Howard Sokolowski, who have tried without success to take on a new partner for the Canadian Football League franchise, are expected to sell the team to Braley, who also owns the B.C. Lions.
Sources told the Toronto Sun last week that it appeared Braley was closer to taking over after Cynamon and Sokolowski exhausted their search for a partner, and that Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz had been among those who were approached. Braley’s ownership of the Argos could become reality next week when the CFL’s board meets in Florida. The league does not prohibit one owner from having two teams.
Braley loaned money to Cynamon and Sokolowski when they rescued the Argos from bankruptcy in 2003, and last year it was revealed that he continued to lend money to the pair in the following years. But Cynamon and Sokolowski apparently were not interested in bringing Braley aboard as a partner.
The Argos also need a new coach, and a source indicated that the club is high on former Winnipeg Blue Bombers coach Doug Berry. Calgary Stampeders offensive co-ordinator George Cortez, who interested the Argos last year before they settled on Bart Andrus, also is in the mix, while Montreal Alouettes offensive co-ordinator Scott Milanovich also was being considered.
The Argos had been interested in Stampeders defensive Chris Jones, but he signed an extension with Calgary on Wednesday.
There also is the matter of general manager Adam Rita, who may be re-assigned or let go once the ownership issue is settled. Of course, with free agency opening on Feb. 16, there might not be enough time for a new GM to be hired.