Ok, I've done a lot of "googling" this morning and read a ton of stuff from the Buffalo papers describing how their fans are livid, untrustworthy of and generally upset at their owner. I also read Steve Milton's take on this in today's Spec....which started out this way:
What wasn't said
Bills arrival in Toronto leaves more to the imagination than what was answered
February 07, 2008
The Hamilton Spectator
TORONTO (Feb 7, 2008)
What went unsaid was more important than what was actually said at the tightly-controlled gathering of Toronto's Big Sports Money yesterday.
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Sooooo, it seems this Toronto/Buffalo story leaves it wide open for theories at this stage....do you have any of your own?
I do....here goes...
I believe that since their stadium lease expires in four years and the owner has turned down recent offers to re-negotiate a new lease he, Ralph Wilson Jr., is going to sell the franchise shortly (perhaps under pressure from the NFL) and is testing the waters, and the NFL powers that be, to see if his search for a buyer is already complete. So far the NFL seems to be favouring this experiment in Toronto. Toronto also seems to satisfy most of the requirements as far as the financial legitimacy of the group that is interested, the general population base and the 10-20 thousand Canadians who are already patrons of the Bills. Add to this the fact that no major sports league has ever turned down Toronto and you have a scenario developing that seems to be unstoppable now.
Even if Ralph Wilson's daughters inherit the team through his passing away in a few years, the wheels are already in motion for a quick and relatively easy sale to let them "cash it out".
My theory is that this whole affair is a lot more serious than what we heard from both parties yesterday.
In the end, it seems that The Tiger-Cats and Mr. Young were bang on in their sudden move to say.....Wait just a minute, is nobody thinking about the ramifications here?
I hope Mark Cohon and the CFL Board of Governors can get some firm assurances from the NFL that this deal in Toronto isn't just a smokescreen for them doing their due diligence on a sale and move of the Buffalo Bills....right under everyone's noses.
The Bills fans and sports writers sure smell a rat!
Being a CFL fan for about 38 years, I'm really concerned now. At least the Tiger-Cats aren't asleep at the switch and stood up to cry foul. Let's hope something comes of the Ticat protest in the long run.
Well, that sums up what I believe is going on...right or wrong, it's how I feel.
Thanks for reading,