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VANCOUVER WILLING TO CONCEDE NFL FRANCHISE TO TORONTO
Published February 2, 1995
Although NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue indicated the NFL could expand into Canada, maybe as soon as '97, the city of Vancouver does not expect to be a home for the new team. Warren Buckley, President of BC Pavilion Corp., which runs BC Place, the home of the CFL BC Lions, said there has "been little or no discussion about expansion for a full-time NFL franchise here. ... Toronto is different. They have ownership behind them (Labatt)." Buckley did say that there have been discussions about hosting an exhibition game in the future (Bill Comrie, Vancouver PROVINCE, 2/1). Also in Vancouver, Archie MacDonald writes, "If we subscribe to the notion that there is fire where there is smoke, we can expect the [NFL] to be burning brightly in Toronto before the turn of the century" (VANCOUVER SUN, 2/1).