If MLSE buys Argonauts, it opens up a can of worms

During a conference call, MLSE president Tim Leiweke talked about what it would take to convert BMO...

During a conference call, MLSE president Tim Leiweke talked about what it would take to convert BMO Field for football. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:39 AM ET

If the CFL isn’t careful, it could end up as the entree at a Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment-sponsored headhunters’ convention.

MLSE is casting solicitous eyes toward the Toronto Argonauts. It is a tryst, like that of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, that could see a third suitor lurking outside the bedroom door.

The NFL.

A union with MLSE would bring the Argonauts benefits. MLSE has money, connections and power in the corporate community. The buzz word in business — and in pro sports — is synergy. So this could be really, really good.

It could also turn into corporate synergy run amok.

Depending on MLSE’s ultimate intentions, it could make the Argonauts the jewel in the crown of the CFL — or, alternatively, spell the demise of a league that has been part of the Canadian mosaic for more than a century.


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