Braley has the lifeline if Argo owners abandon ship
Steve Milton The Hamilton Spectator
Oct 15, 2009http://thespec.com/Sports/article/653629
'They're not addicts -- except perhaps in their mainlining obsession with the CFL -- but David Braley and Bob Young certainly understand codependence.
Assume that there is some level of truth, because there is,
to recent reports that B.C. Lions owner Braley
may take over the Toronto Argonauts.'
A good thing? Not really, but perhaps a necessary thing.
As much as the enthusiasm, spirit and tone
of the CFL are driven by western teams,
the financial engine is still fuelled by the oversized
population and financial muscle of the Toronto area.
TV audiences, national sponsorships and the spark
of national media interest all originate in the Big Smoke,
whether the rest of us like to admit it or not.
Braley and Young, unlike many franchise leaders elsewhere,
see the direct danger of the NFL coming to Toronto.
The CFL governors have resisted any change
to the revenue-sharing formula,
even through Tom Wright's tenure when he broached the idea
of splitting Grey Cup profits each year
rather than waiting for the every-ninth-year windfall.
Additionally, they don't always recognize that
the survival of Lake Ontario football
is directly linked to their own franchise's health.
That may change if Braley, the power broker,
gets directly involved with the Argos,
as it seems certain he must.
Kudos to Bob Young [and Dave Braley] for
understanding the realities of the CFL.
and kudos to Braley for backing up
his convictions with his money.