This is a great thread. I'm with the hawks on this one. If keeping the NFL out of Canada can be considered "hawkish" and thinking the CFL could co-exist with an NFL team in Toronto is being a dove.
The problem is all in what is called Brand marketing. If you are a premier brand you don't just have a little more leverage over the market than a lessor brand - you have huge advantages. From Coke and Pepsi's dominance of the market for cola-based sodas to Amazon's dominance of book selling on the Internet.
The issue is an NFL team in Toronto would have the full backing of the $10 Billion/yr NFL league and would market itself as "Canada's team". The effect would be to relegate the CFL into a second tier league status with the national consumer marketing organizations that the CFL and TSN rely on for much of our revenue. This NFL team would aggressively go after every marketing dollar that might be allocated to football in Canada.
An argument could be made (and I'd agree with this one) that Brands are based on the quality of the product - and for entertainment value the CFL product is as good if not better than the NFL one. The problem is money talks and the folks making the decisions for the Canadian consumer product firms would listen to the siren song of a local NFL franchise.
The only way the CFL will be able to keep the NFL out of Canada is by making friends in the NFL. We are the only other "gridiron Football" league on the planet and the NFL is on record as saying they don't want to do anything to harm the CFL. We need (and should have) such a positive relationship with the NFL that they simply don't want to put a team in Canada. But we have not done a good job in recent decades of building such a positive relationship with the NFL.
This lack of relationship with the NFL allows the pro-NFLers in Toronto such as Paul Godfrey to constantly undermine our brand by "threatening" to bring an NFL team to Toronto. As one such advocate for all things American, Paul is proud of the fact that he has been working at doing this for thirty years, but yet is no closer to his goal than he was thirty years ago.
Meantime his friends in the Toronto media keep reporting his day-dreams as if they are about to happen, which harms our league's ability to market ourselves in Toronto, without doing anything of any value for the NFL.
We are working on this opportunity to partner with the NFL. Although if you sense a little impatience and frustration on my part on this topic you wouldn't be wrong."
Enough of the pandering to a foreign corporate entity, In the early 80's the CBC kissed NBC's butt's and GAVE them CFL broadcasts for free!!, of late it's been the BILLs the BILLS the BILLS, do Canadians really give a c___ about the NFL or is it a few corporate traitors who dream about killing the CFL?
Time for legal action, protect the CFL's territorial rights !! _Massdestruction