Disclaimer: the title of this thread is not mine
Now here's the scary thing about all of this in my opinion. It's not just the lost sports/entertainment dollars in the Golden Horseshoe to these 8 "events" that is the concern but it's the slow and methodical indoctrination of football fan's mindsets in this area that will be alarming. Make no mistake about it, Godfrey and his gang, which includes the NFL Commissioner, want to make Southern Ontario transform into Buffalo Bill's Country and replace the CFL, Tiger-Cat and Argonaut brands with NFL and Buffalo Bills logos.
This would make "Bills Country" grow to 7 million people instead of the current 1.5
Imagine the merchandising market and sponsorships they will be seeking? Just as Bill Gates wanted every home to have a computer, this bunch won't be happy until every kid, young adult and old-timer football fan has a Buffalo Bills jacket, sweatshirt and ball cap.....and don't forget the bumper sticker too
...and then once they accomplish their first step in the master plan......poof!.....they will be moving to Toronto for sure
Funny how they want their first game to be right before Christmas ---> merchandising
So, back to the title of the thread.....it's from this article I found, not from Canada, but from Philadelphia.....see?....already, the image of this from afar is "second home".....this is concerning.
source : www.philly.com
NFL: Toronto will become Buffalo's second home
[i]NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to announce plans tomorrow for the Buffalo Bills to play an annual regular-season game in Toronto, starting this year.
The announcement, to come in Goodell's state-of-the-league address during Super Bowl festivities in Glendale, Ariz., would make the Bills the first team to play annual regular-season games outside the United States.
The Bills proposed the plan at the NFL owners' meetings in October as part of their desire to expand their market to Toronto, which is about a 90-minute drive from Buffalo.
Under the team's proposal, the Bills would play some preseason games and one annual regular-season game at the downtown Rogers Centre - a domed stadium with a retractable roof - through 2012. [/i]
In closing, if this press conference does go ahead tomorrow, it will be very interesting to hear Commissioner Cohon's words given the push-back from the Tiger-Cats.