[b]Don't be fooled by slower-than-expected ticket sales for the exhibition game. The NFL is what Toronto fans want.
As one CFL owner has said, "What would it cost to build a new football stadium to house an NFL team in Toronto, $900-million? Do you think you could find 30,000 people willing to pay $30,000 for seat licenses to watch the team? I do. That's $900-million."
During one of our pre-game shows last season, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, who has long-time ties to Edmonton, said the NFL would help to ease the Bills' impact. He was short on details, and, since then, the working agreement between the two leagues has ended. There have been vague comments about a plan to ensure the Argonauts can co-exist with the Bills, but nothing concrete.
How long will Cynamon and Sokolowski wait? That's the big question. If they decide to leave, the CFL may have just two choices: Run the Argonauts themselves or ask the NFL to step in and save the franchise. The first idea nearly bankrupted the entire league when it was tried with the Ottawa Rough Riders. If it comes to option two, what a painful moment that will be.[/b]
Eliotte Friedman in the National Post
He's correct in this article saying the Blue Jays had a major impact on the Argos in Toronto, albeit he used the word 'kill' which is not accurate of course. What he failed to mention was that the Blue Jays will need a new stadium at some point if the NFL succeeds as Rogers will make the RC more and more football friendly and less baseball ie. 60,000 for a start. Since no new NFL stadium is on the way too soon.