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THE MIAMI SNOWBIRDS? CFL LOOKS FOR SOUTH FLORIDA FOOTHOLD
Published May 2, 1995
CFL Commissioner Larry Smith "will be flying to Miami today in hopes of working out details that will establish a new franchise in the Florida city in time for the 1996 season," according to Marty York in this morning's Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. But the proposed move into an NFL city has some CFL officials concerned. One CFL GM: "If we go into Miami, the NFL would obviously have a clear conscience coming into Toronto or Vancouver." Smith is scheduled to meet with FL Gov. Lawton Chiles, Miami Mayor Steve Clark, Orange Bowl officials and assorted marketing execs. Bruce Frey, a real estate investor who was outbid for control of the Dolphins by Wayne Huizenga, has the option of buying the now-defunct Las Vegas Posse for $2.5M or a new expansion franchise for more than $3M. Accompanying Smith on the trip will be Calgary Stampeder owner Larry Ryckman. According to Ryckman: "I think Bruce Frey would be an excellent owner in our League." The CFL hopes to formally announce the addition of a franchise in Miami on June 24 during an Orange Bowl exhibition game between the Birmingham Barracudas and the Baltimore CFL team (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/2).