Discussion Grows on Bills Foray into Toronto

After Wednesday’s press conference in Toronto to formally announce the Buffalo Bills’ plans to plan eight games in five years in Toronto, more thoughtful reporting and discussion has come out on the depth of this topic.

In Fans should be wary of Bills shuffle, Dave Perkins alerts the public over his perception of the owners-in-waiting motivations and the price for the public taxpayer while stating fan support will decide the flavour of football in Toronto. Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News (republished in the Toronto Star) explains why Bills fans have the right to be very worried while Garth Woolsey reports on the reaction in Buffalo. We find the Argos were less than willing partners but forced into trying to make the most out of the situation after the deal was done before they were ever informed. As details on the ticket packages are still lacking, it appears the formal announcement was meant to launch the hype with ticket package details, schedules and on-sale dates still to be determined.

From a Western perspective, Paul Friesen portrays the announcement as the CFL‘s worst nightmare. A more positive look comes from Steve Simmons in Enough fans for both CFL, NFL.

The range of issues are being covered, from the arrogance and motives of wealthy owners and oligopoly moguls to the unspoken cost to taxpayers. Most reports take the tact that either an NFL team or CFL team in Toronto will survive, and bet on the NFL team. In reality, there is nothing precluding both from being successful. While Ted Rogers and Larry Tanenbaum may now be taking a quieter approach to their long term goals to acquire a permanent NFL team for Toronto, specifically the Buffalo Bills, it is apparent that they feel they are on a clear path to that goal and only time stands in the way of that accomplishment. I believe there are a lot more hurdles to overcome both in acquiring a team and keeping it. So it is far from a certainty that these partners will every bring an NFL franchise to Toronto.

So what can someone who enjoys and supports the CFL do?

  • Recognize that you can watch and enjoy both leagues if you are so inclined and that this series of games is not any reason to abandon the CFL as a dying league. The CFL will not close its doors overnight. It is a vibrant and growing league, stronger than it has been in 25-30 years.
  • Support your local CFL team by attending games and support the CFL by watching the television broadcasts.
  • Be vocal and passionate about the CFL. If you want to see improvements to the experience, the game or anything CFL related, let them know. If more offence, more Canadian content or local exposure is your thing, let them know. One voice may not make a difference, but a crowd of people saying the same thing is hard to ignore.

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    Questioning CFL Overtime Rules → When the new OT format was introduced with 4 possessions, immediately after the first OT game fans and media were clamouring for it to be reduced. Now it is too short and there are too many ties. I’ll have a bigger post about this soon, but the answer lies with moving them back. #
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