Now we know why MLSE willing to have Argos at BMO Field..

This is why MLSE/Lieweke are willing to put up the Argos at BMO Field...

[b][u]Bon Jovi buying Bills, building new Toronto stadium[/u] The Globe and Mail

Okay, pardon me for being the latest to chime in with a Livin’ On A Prayer reference, but that is exactly what the hopes are at present for Jon Bon Jovi to buy the Buffalo Bills with the help of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Larry Tanenbaum, Tim Leiweke or maybe Edward Rogers and family.

However, there is some serious manoeuvring going on to make those hopes come true.

This is especially so at MLSE, which would love to hitch its wagon to whichever individual or individuals manage to buy Buffalo’s NFL team after its 95-year-old owner Ralph Wilson passes away.
NFL bylaws prevent corporations from owning even part of its teams but they do not prevent enterprising companies from building and running their stadiums.

Tanenbaum and Leiweke, the chairman and president of MLSE, respectively, are so eager to get involved they reassigned one of their senior executives not long ago, according to someone close to the company.
Bob Hunter, who was MLSE’s chief facilities and live entertainment officer, was put in charge of two special projects. These projects are so important to Tanenbaum and Leiweke that Justina Klein was recently brought back for a second stint at MLSE to do Hunter’s old job.

Hunter (of MLSE) is now in charge of two things – redesigning BMO Field to accommodate both Toronto FC, MLSE’s soccer team, and the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL, who would be most affected by Hunter’s second project. And that task is to design an NFL-style stadium to accommodate the Bills.(in Toronto) So far, we’re told, there is a design for a stadium that would cost $600-million but our informants say that won’t get much these days and the final number will be closer to $1-billion plus another $1-billion (U.S.) or so to buy the Bills, making this a $2-billion play.

There is also the matter of the CFL and the Argos. It looks as though MLSE thinks the NFL will insist a condition of any sale is to look after the Argos, not drive them off, which is why Hunter is in charge of spending as much as $50-million to renovate BMO Field. That should fend off any nasty anti-trust suits.[/b]

[url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/football/livin-on-a-prayer-buying-bills-building-new-toronto-stadium-would-be-a-2-billion-play/article15581107/]http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/f ... e15581107/[/url]

Rogers and Bell had to team up because neither could afford the $1Billion price tag for MLSE. now we're supposed to believe they have $2Billion for an NFL team and stadium?
i wish reporters had brains and could see through this story being planted grey cup week to steal some of the CFL's spotlight.

reminds me of when i was trading blackberry stock last january-march; every month a rumour of a Lenovo take over would come out and drive the stock price up $2. then it would be revealed as a lie and the price would come back down. a month later, same story, same result. it was so easy to make money, as reporters would spread the same crap over and over with the same results. buy the rumour, sell the news.

oh, and it gets the Bills in the local news weeks before they play in toronto. free advertising.

I actually posted on Twitter to Chris Cuthbert about how their always seems to be an NFL in Toronto story every Grey Cup in what seems like an attempt to thwart the grey cup and he favorited my tweet.

Yeah....I don't buy this. The NFL is going to move the Bills, risk anti-trust claims in the US and alienate the state of new york, to sell the team to Bon Jovi so he can play out of a rented stadium theoretcial stadium and yet also want to keep a CFL franchise running in town while the juggernaut NFL is just down the road? Huh?

I think more likely, this is just another bogus NFL/Buffalo story by Rogers to try to take interest away from the Grey Cup and drum up interest in their failing Bills in Toronto series.

But in fairness to the media, the story did break in New York on the CBS network. I doubt whether CBS or Fox or whoever picked up the story in the first place thought about the Grey Cup game.
Did you expect all of the Canadian media to ignore it??

[url=http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/writer/jason-la-canfora/24275196/jon-bon-jovi-interested-in-purchasing-the-buffalo-bills]http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/writer/jas ... falo-bills[/url]

As for BMO Field, they are saying that the only way that the Argos could play there is if the CFL agreed to the shorter end zone.

well It is at least curious, if not shady, that MLSE senior exec Bob Hunter's two priority assignments involve the integrating the Argos at BMO Field and the design of an NFL primed stadium in Toronto..

[b]Hunter (of MLSE) is now in charge of two things – redesigning BMO Field to accommodate both Toronto FC, MLSE’s soccer team, and the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL, who would be most affected by Hunter’s second project. [u]And that task is to design an NFL-style stadium to accommodate the Bills.(in Toronto)[/u]

There is also the matter of the CFL and the Argos. It looks as though MLSE thinks the NFL will insist a condition of any sale is to look after the Argos, not drive them off, which is why Hunter is in charge of spending as much as $50-million to renovate BMO Field. That should fend off any nasty anti-trust suits.[/b]

On top of which to upstart our wonderful GC week in the place where they cherish the game, not the idiots here in Toronto.

who is they?

MLSE head Lieweke has previously stated they are looking into the feasibility of expanding BMO Field to accommodate Canadian football dimensions.

Never has he said the Argos/CFL must agree to shorter end zones.

I hope Oseg does not become like Mlse.

I am not buying any of this.

The Bills aren't even for sale and even if they came up for sale they would need to get approval by the majority of NFL owners to be accepted as prospective owners and then majority as well to move the team. This whole thing is one gigantic dog and pony show.

CBS Sports has quite the following in Canada actually, its been a staple in Sports going back the late 70's. The fact he's so in depth about the politics around Toronto means he was talking with those people, and I wonder who set up that arrangement? Many times big corporations pay media organizations (sometimes through various anonymous channels) to prin their story. Rogers calls up CBS Sports because they know that if Canada misses this story then every TSN and Sportsnet story is going to pick it up right away. Its really pretty simple. :cowboy:

I think old Ralph is going to be so sick of the T.O. MEDIA , he will sell the team very soon while he is still alive to a American billionaire and keep the team in Buffalo thus preserving his Legacy to the state of NY.

I think it is the opposite.
Ralph and the Bills have made off like pro bandits with the Toronto-Bills Series, and these pervasive T.O. media stories/articles only enhance the team’s visibility and inherent value.

The more interest, the better for dear old Ralph and his offspring.

In the end NFL owners are going to look at any solid offers that keep the Bills in Buffalo NY before even considering moving the team and then Toronto is likely the last place they would move it.

unfortunately, a new owner may not be inclined to keep the Bills in Buffalo long term especially with L.A., Honolulu, Las Vegas, London etc beckoning and with potentially greater corporate support.

If the Bills do move to LA, London etc. that opens up the distinct possibility for a team in Toronto. But remember, the state of NY is ponying up around $130 mill for renos to The Ralph. There is a reason for that. They are trying to keep the Bills in Buffalo, they want that (and votes for Governor Cuomo :wink: )

But, if a team of owners was willing to pay market value for the Bills and keep them in Buffalo, it would be a slam dunk.

The owners as a group would much prefer to share the billion dollar franchise fee. Its not easy to move an NFL franchise, only time its been done in the last 30 years is when there is a lease or stadium issue.