MLSE interested in Argos with eye on NFL in Toronto

David Braley (not shown), owner of the Argonauts, eventually will have to sell the club and MLSE...

David Braley (not shown), owner of the Argonauts, eventually will have to sell the club and MLSE could be a potential buyer. Raising the club's profile might go a long way in convincing the NFL that MLSE has what it takes to operate an NFL franchise. (JACK BOLAND/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:48 PM ET

TORONTO - The “For Sale” sign has yet to be erected, but eventually Sen. David Braley will divest himself of the Argonauts and the Canadian Football League franchise will change ownership hands.

And eventually, the Argos will have to find a home to call their own.

At this point in the process, nothing is imminent, but Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is kicking the tires with what sources believe is a long-term goal of bringing a National Football League franchise to Toronto.

Recently, a top executive for MLSE toured the Argos’ football facility at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, which has housed the CFL club for close to two decades.

The Argos, when they were searching recently for a full-time training facility, toured Downsview Park, a site where MLSE built a soccer complex for Toronto FC.

Synergies are always explored among teams and the city’s top executives talk often, if not on a daily basis.

Big picture, it’s no secret the Argos will need both a new owner and the ability to control home dates by having their own facility.


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