Mayor David Miller said today the city will absolutely not help fund the building or renovating of a stadium to accommodate an NFL team.
Larry Tanenbaum and Ted Rogers said Tuesday they are interested in bringing the NFL north of the border, but the Rogers Centre isn't widely considered to be an NFL-calibre stadium.
Miller’s answer to the city being part of getting an NFL stadium was a simple: “No.?
The mayor said he wouldn’t turn down a discussion with Tanenbaum, the chair of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., and Rogers, the CEO of Rogers Communications Inc. But he says that’s as far as he’d go.
“My understanding is the NFL doesn’t seem overly interested in expanding into Canada,? Miller said.
[b]Miller said his concern is the viability of the CFL, and the Toronto Argonauts have to be a flagship franchise in that league for it to succeed.
“As long as the NFL comes here in a way that supports the CFL, great,? Miller said. “But the CFL’s health is important to the whole country.? [/b]
No problem hello. And then there is this from the new NFL commish Roger Goodall:
"He doesn't anticipate the NFL expanding beyond 32 teams in the near future. But Goodell, who has been the league's point man in trying to get a franchise back in Los Angeles, said putting an expansion team in southern California could be the exception."
The only thing I might say, and I've never met the man, is that Larry Tanenbaum may be one heck of a fighter, and he has a lot more cash and clout with his construction biz than say someone like Godfrey who can say alot but doesn't bring to the table what a Larry Tanenbaum can bring.
I like this new mayor of Toronto. I was really pissed off when I read that maroons are STILL trying to bring the NFL to Toronto. Give it a rest already - you've got a perfectly good football team there ALREADY, and a perfectly good football league there ALREADY. Props to that mayor for re-iterating that, because apparently it was needed!
I will say one thing in Ted Rogers and Larry Tanenbaums defence which is if they don't try and go after an NFL franchise, and both of these guys are the top sports business people in Toronto with the Leafs, Jays and Raptors under their belt, then someone or some other group might, and they do not want that to happen obviously. So really, they might not have any other choice but to try and be the front runners from the start on this.
Miller's A Complete Idiot, Everything He's Done So Far Since He Got I Office Has Hurt The City And By Failing To Invest In Infrastructure And Instead Wasting Money On Taffic Lights And Speed Bumps He's Begining To Put The City Into Dept. However That Comment He Made About The nFL Is Bang On And Its About Time That He's Done Something Right.
As For Godfree And Rodgers, If They Love The States For Gods Shaake Would They Just Go Live Down There. I'm Getting Sick Of Hearing About Their Demented Vision To Distroy 140 Years Of Tradition For A 40 Year Old Flavour Of The Week.