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TORONTO GROUP SHOOTS FOR '98 NFL EXPANSION
Published June 1, 1995
At a press conference promoting the NFL's American Bowl to be played in Toronto on August 12, Toronto Sun Publishing Co. President Paul Godfrey said that Toronto is aiming for an NFL expansio franchise by '98, according to the TORONTO STAR. NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue attended the press conference and stated Toronto is on his short list for new teams (Ken McKee, TORONTO STAR, 6/1). Marty York of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL notes that Tagliabue "knocked down every obstacle" cited by those who disapprove of expansion in Canada. Tagliabue: "We're very interested in this market. We know how much NFL interest there is in Toronto and Canada generally." Godfrey said he may be involved personally in the ownership group and introduced retired race car driver Mario Andretti as another potential owner (Marty York, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 6/1).