"I have had a chance to visit w/ @JacquesTanguay, and he’s a remarkable man in his own right. And now I think maybe this is a conversation we can start to have about the possibility of a pro football team in Quebec City." - @RandyAmbrosie
That rivalry would be epic. They could have a home rivalry game with the ALS or possibly the RougeNoirs on St Jean Baptiste Day in June. Would be an instant sellout. Then you have the ALS which would be in another stratosphere all together. And now that there would be more teams, those teams would only visit once a year making those tickets that much more valuable and make those games that much of a bigger event. It’s self marketing at that point and would become a huge event. The return game in Montreal would probably be played at the Big Owe and would help that franchise with an instant draw and bring in playoff game type revenues
This doesn’t even cover the increased national TV money from the extra game every week and the possible involvement of TVA Sports in CFL football, which could potentially help the Quebec franchise, the ALS and possibly even Ottawa.
It’s win win win all around
I would never spit on an expansion to Quebec, altough I am not sure that the chat Ambrosie had could be considered as a serious first step toward having a CFL team in Quebec city. There was never a real interest from neither the local politics since decades nor the business community. Tanguay was long viewed as an opponent of the CFL since it would have been viewed as a competition to the dominant Rouge et Or. Even if the expansion talks become serious, the Laval stadium would need renovations to bar the pro standards.
For sure Peladeau being in the fold can only help Quebec City's chances not hinder them. Having extra content in Quebec would put him on the yes side.
My understanding the Wettenal family was not open to a team in Quebec City. If so that's more influential votes that would steer a team away even if there was a plan.
The league looking at the tempi-permant stadium model could open up the scope for the 10th team along the hire of Park Lane who's supposed to reach out to potential ownership groups for existing and expansion teams. With the quick sale of the Als, it seems they were effective.
If they can't get a good ownership group to work with a tempi-permant venue in Atlantic Canada can't be found, they may get one in Quebec City instead
I would continue with the theme and put a 2nd team at the same time as Quebec City and Halifax. Gets you 3 more teams, a balanced schedule, 54 more games, a bigger tv deal, more advertising revenue. Suddenly the CFL becomes a growing concern.
I was not talking about unemployment number we were talking about average income and what does Unemployment rate have to do with anything? Quebec has the lowest unemployment rate in the country and the Als are on their fourth owner in four years.
Quebec City does not have a stadium. Universite of Laval has a stadium and they have a team. People have to start getting that through their heads. They don't want a CFL team. They are happy dominating Usports and being the big fish in the small pound and that's ok.
Agreed. Although the league could do more to try to persuade/uncover financial backers, the only reason we've been talking about Halifax the past 5 years or so is because there are (or at least were) financial backers there.
If a group similar to SSE had appeared lobbying for a team in QC, I think the discussion would be just as much about that city.