I guess on the Bob McCown show on Fan 590, it was mentioned that, once again, the media will ask the NFL commissioner at the Super Bowl about the NFL coming to Toronto. If they do ask, I think it really makes Toronto look like poor beggers "please NFL, oh please, we need you so bad to make us look big here in Toronto, we can't take it anymore, please have mercy on us."
But I'm sure we'll see the question asked, it'll make them look stupid once again when the commish gives them the cold shoulder.
I've read some reports about the news conference from commish Goodell and no mention of anyone asking him about expansion to Toronto. So I guess I might have to give more credit to the Toronto media if they didn't ask than what I thought.
A quote from Roger Goodall responding to a question of possible expansion or relocation to Toronto; "The NFL is not in expansion mode right now. Toronto's a great city and I'm sure would be a great host for an NFL team, but that's for another day."
i thought i read a poll in the toronto star where it said like like 85%(dont no the exact #) of torontoians had no interest in the nfl...we dont need the nfl here ne way we got the best league in the world ne way...GO CFL!!!
Personnally I see no reason why the NFL would want Toronto.
The NFL business model is dependent upon national television deals with American broadcasters, Toronto does not help this in anyway.
The only way the NFL would want to enter a city is if that city would be worth enough money that the current 32 NFL teams would make as much or more after they split the money another way.
Do not see how Toronto could possibly meet this criteria.
LA clearly does and a few other American cities could probably be solid additions but unless Toronto is part of a bigger long term international plan, I see no reason why the NFL would want the city.
Toronto works for the other leagues because their primary revenue streams are ticket revenue and local broadcast rights, a large city like Toronto is good for those things but does nothing to help increase TV money from American networks.
Also just read the following, interesting with a few words directed to our buddy Mr. Godfrey:
"Add's WGRZ Sports Director Ed Kilgore: "I'm being very sincere to Mr. Godfrey and the wonderful people in Toronto, but (for them) it could be another 18 years... Nothing is even remotely close to being imminent or discussed in the NFL."
NFL exhibition and NFL Europe games have been played in a number (22, by my count) of international cities in the past:
Mexico City, Mexico
My suggestion was for the NFL to have 8 sites in which to play the 17th games (2 games per site). I was also thinking they could play in some non-NFL US cities ('neutral sites'), but the NFL doesn't seem to be considering that option at this time.
The NFL's announcement indicates they're considering 4 games per international site or country (so, perhaps, just 4 sites/countries per season).