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CFL FRANCHISES ON THE BRINK
Published December 19, 1994
Calgary Stampeders Owner Larry Ryckman committed to keep the team in Calgary next season if 16,000 season tickets are purchased before December 31. The team has sold between 5,000 and 6,000 to date "and must now sell triple the number in the next two weeks." A CALGARY HERALD editorial notes that it may make look as though "Ryckman has purposely set up a situation that is destined to fail" in order to have the "moral" authority to move the team. If the team leaves, the paper notes, fans can only blame themselves (CALGARY HERALD, 12/16). In other franchise news, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have surpassed their CFL- imposed mandate of 12,500 season ticket sales. The league had threatened to revoke the franchise if the goal was not met (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 12/17).