Argos staying put

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:09 PM ET

TORONTO - The stadium fight in Hamilton could result in losers on both sides.

But the Argonauts aren’t steeling themselves for potential new digs as a result.

There could be another stadium in the Greater Toronto Area if the organizers of the 2015 Pan Am Games get fed up with the squabble between the city of Hamilton and Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young, but the Argos aren’t giving the possibility of moving from the Rogers Centre much thought.

Argos president Bob Nicholson figures there will be an agreement in the Steel City before the deadline of July 8.

“These types of negotiations are difficult and they’ve become public,” Nicholson said. “I’m sure it will get settled to everyone’s satisfaction.”

And if the Pan Am Games people decide to turn their backs on the Hammer, possibly building in Toronto?

“We have not thought about it,” Nicholson said. “Our focus is the Rogers Centre.”

Hamilton mayor Fred Eisenberger wants the new stadium to be built on West Harbour land to help re-develop the downtown area. Young wants to have it built near a highway. The Argos are closing in on a three-year lease at the Rogers Centre.

The Argos, meanwhile, cut a couple of veterans to make room for four import receivers who were signed on Thursday. Gone are non-import receiver Tyler Scott, who showed well in his first camp two years ago but could not land a regular job, and import defensive end Claude Harriott, who has a knee injury that won’t be healed in time for training camp. Also released were two other imports, defensive end/linebacker Stewart Franks and defensive back Reggie Sullivan.

Signed by Toronto were receivers Ryan Christian, Jerome Hewitt, Charles Owens and Derek Stanley.


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