Leiweke story in the Star states that a NFL team for Toronto will never happen. It’s a dead issue. Funny when some media hack writes about Toronto getting a NFL team someone always posts it on here. Now that a major player states it’s never going to happen, it’s only fair that this now gets posted. NFL in TO dead issue
Leiweke should know. He was brought in by MLSE to head up the bid to buy the Bills from the Wilson(s)
Interesting comments by him for sure. I would say he's dead on, absolutely no way can Toronto build an NFL calibre stadium.
The NFL to Toronto dream has barely been alive for about 15 years now. Even then it' been a weak pulse
The dismal crowds drawn by the Argos would scare me away from such an investment. Once the novelty wears off (& it would, quickly, new franchises usually don't fair well for a number of years) you'd be back to a totally inadequate number of hardcore fans. Don't forget NFL players/coaches salaries are several times that of a CFLer. It would be a financial disaster waiting to happen.
It's not that Toronto can't build an NFL caliber stadium, the problem is the NFL expects taxpayers to pay for it ...
Of course why wouldn't they if taxpayers are willing to pay for it.
Lieweke has always been good at giving a lot to the interviewer .
He spills it . The value of a franchise being near 5 billion without a stadium is the deal breaker .
If there was an owner that could afford that price tag on a franchise the stadium would be built billions or not .
Unlike with CFL issues and getting stadiums for expansion it appears new NFL stadiums getting built seems to be the easy part of the equation .
I would say even the low return MLS has no problems getting stadiums built .
OK I admit it - who else took a glance at the thread title and thought...
Terrell Owens' NFL comeback dreams are dead? It must be a slow news day - in another exclusive, the sky is still blue.
Then I actually read the body of the post and realised it was about Toronto.
As an Argo season ticket holder since 1987, all I can say is Amen. But MLSE will keep undermining the Argos anyway.
He seems to be into building sports venues.
Maybe the CFL should try to partner with him and see if there is any chance in heck for a maritime stadium or Calgary/Montreal stadium for CFL and other events.
wasnt it already dead way before now?
well, I thought it was Tony Orlando.
When did that Dawn on you?