Farewell to CFL you loved
Bruce Dowbiggin, Calgary Herald
Published: Saturday, February 02, 2008
excerpt...the hit is on.
Until now, Goodell's predecessors, Pete Rozelle
and Paul Tagliabue, cleared their throats
and shuffled their Guccis
whenever the Centre of the Universe
getting an NFL team was raised.
the dollar at par;
the NFL's voracious appetite for cash
Toronto's willingness to abase itself
for any terms, any price,
have proved too tempting for
Goodell and his bosses.
Or perhaps it might be more accurate to say
Goodell's boss in Buffalo, the venerable
octogenarian Ralph Wilson,
who sees a corporate cash box 120 minutes
away in Toronto and wants to pick the lock.
Wilson already gets about 15 to 20 per cent
of his clientele from Canada,
but they aren't the suite-buying,
canapé chomping, expense-account crowd
that awaits in Toronto. Hence,
getting to The Big Smoke pronto...
'If Toronto embraces the $250 times eight NFL experience,
you don't think there will be fewer games in Toronto, do you?
Canada could become the NFL's ATM to be milked
whenever the urge strikes for quick cash.
As the fifth-largest local market in
North America, that's a lot of milk.