bluebeard wrote:That is old news....and since then Rogers and Buffalo have gone there separate ways in regards to bringing in an NFL team to TO this year. Everyone....even the Globe and Mail are saying that Buffalo in TO is a dead issue. Many more cities in the States want an NFL franchise including LA. TO is at the back of the list and has shown that it will not support an NFL team with its Buffalo fiasco.
Another reason is that the NFL does not want to kill the CFL by having a team in TO even if it would support one........and that it is in their own interest because of Anti Trust laws in the States. The last hearing on this issue that the NFL was a monopoly......the NFL said that it was not and cited the CFL. The NFL won their case at that time because of this.
That's odd, because Stephen Brunt believes what I've stated previously is the reasoning behind MLSE's decision. Even Dave Naylor believes this.
Yes, the NFL is concerned with what will happen to the CFL if an NFL franchise comes to Canada (they've stated so previously). This is the whole reason why MLSE is interested in the team in the first place. Ensure the Argos have a home while attempting to attract an NFL franchise. Whether the NFL is interested in putting a franchise in Toronto is besides the point. MLSE believes that they can obtain one by in-part ensuring the viability of the Argos.
Finally, MLSE has had many opportunities to purchase the Argos. They had an opportunity while BMO was being built. (BMO was being built on the condition the Argos would be able to play in the stadium upon completion). And yet they decided to pour the concrete into the endzones, preventing the Argos from playing in the Stadium.