Let's finally end the NFL in TORONTO myth. :rockin:
Here are the reasons that the NFL doesn't want or need to come to Canada :thup:
- The NFL is not stupid. They DO look at T.V. ratings and TRUE paid attendance in any market , including Toronto and Vancouver.
Lets look at a history of the NFL games in countries other than the U.S.
They have had EX and regular season games in JAPAN , ENGLAND and MEXICO.
NFL games in those countries sold out every year that they have played there and in much bigger stadiums than the ROGERS CENTER. They still go to most of those places every year. Why didn't they come to Toronto every year?
Toronto is certainly closer to the U.S. than TOKYO and LONDON are?
Now lets look at what has happened in Canada.
In VANCOUVER there was an ex game at B.C. PLACE , which was more than half empty.
The first EX game played at the old SKYDOME [Cleveland Vs. New England] bombed at $50 for each ticket.
The TORONTO media's excuse then was that this game did not get sanctioned by the NFL even though the NFL Commish. and Jim Brown came to Toronto to sell the game because ticket sales were so bad.
So the next time the NFL came to Toronto , ticket prices were dropped to $30 each and they had the BILLS play in 2 of the games.
Even with all of those goodies the 2 games DIDN'T truly sell out.
The NFL stopped coming to TORONTO for years but they still went to TOKYO and MEXICO every year. WHY NOT TORONTO or VANCOUVER?
Next came the BILLS in TORONTO games.
So far those games have been a complete disaster for ROGERS who paid 78 million to get 8 games.
That is 2 times the BILLS regular budget for 8 games in , Buffalo. ROGERS thought that the people in the Toronto area would pay ANYTHING to see the NFL. :roll:
None of those games have come close to selling out and they were forced to lower ticket prices and give away 10s of 1000s of free tickets to each game. The last game sold only 29,000 tickets [or so they say]. :lol:
Don't you think that the NFL actually looks at the Canadian PAID attendance numbers? :cowboy:
The CFL , IS THE SECOND MOST WATCH TEAM SPORT BEHIND HOCKEY in Canada. :rockin:
CFL regular season games usually outdraw the NFL's regular season games 3 and some times 4 to 1.
Even in , ONTARIO.
BELL which owns TSN is not going to give up it's second highest rated sports games and / or it's number 1 rated yearly GREY CUP Championship.
The CFL also helps BELL & TSN with it's Canadian content regulation requirements.
The BILLS are going to stay in BUFFALO even after the owner dies. He has said so many times.
12 U.S. cities actually want an NFL team and the next team is going to be in , L.A. L.A. America's SECOND largest market , not it's 4th.
There are many more CFL fans in ONTARIO than NFL fans.
There are about 10,000 season ticket holders from Canada going to BILLS games.
The HAMILTON and ARGO season ticket holders are almost triple that 10,000
Season ticket holders put their money where their mouth is because they pay to see games and don't just watch games on T.V. for FREE.
The ARGOS have had 4 years of a terrible football team. More people will come when they start winning more.
All CFL teams have had bad periods of attendance , not just TORONTO or HAMILTON.
Toronto , doesn't have the only PRO football team in the GTA and over the border.
- The NFL hates when people say things [write things] in the media.
Toronto mayor's brother DOUG didn't do an NFL in Toronto team any favours by saying that NEW ORLEANS could move there :roll:
The NFL asked him to apologize in public. :oops:
The TORONTO sports media hates the CFL but constantly makes fools of themselves saying very little negative about the NFL. They either have no idea what is going on in their own back yard or ROGERS are their masters. :roll:
You will rarely see / hear anything truly negative about the BLUE JAYS , RAPTORS , the NFL and even the LEAFS but they are all over , the CFL. Trust me you will not see words like mine written here in any Toronto newspaper or on any sports radio.
Sadly , the media wants to keep the NFL in TORONTO , myth alive.
I can't name other country in the world that tries to kill it's own Traditions / institutions.
All these dumb CANADIAN "sports writers" do is help hurt the CFL and they will never get what they want.
They just help AMERICANS get richer.
It is really pathetic.