Argos don't fear NFL

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

The Argonauts have no trouble getting into bed with the Buffalo Bills.

Especially if it means raising the scope of football as a whole in the Greater Toronto Area.

I think with our ownership change, we have an owner (David Braley) who believes in working together with people, Argos president Bob Nicholson said during a conference call on Wednesday. Its not good to be antagonistic as weve seen from previous ownership.

I cant determine what will happen down the road (in terms of an NFL team coming to Toronto on a full-time basis), but we feel now the best direction is to build this game. I dont feel an imminent threat. Were focused on building the CFL in this city.

Bills CEO Russ Brandon, who also was on the call, and Nicholson agreed that the Argos and Bills could co-exist side-by-side in the same marketplace. But its an issue both will worry about when and if it becomes reality.

The Argos, Bills Toronto Series, Football Canada and the Rogers Centre announced on Wednesday that they have collaborated to hold Football Week in Toronto, a series of events that each organization hopes will raise awareness for and promote participation in minor football in the GTA. Of course, if buying tickets to future Argos and/or Bills games in Toronto results, that will not be discouraged.

The week begins on Aug. 14 when the Argos play host to the Montreal Alouettes. On Aug. 15, the Ontario Junior Varsity Football Conference finals will be contested at the Rogers Centre. Four days later, the Bills will entertain the Indianapolis Colts in a pre-season game, and on Aug. 20, the Argos will end the week with a game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.


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