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ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE EYES EXPANSION NORTH OF THE BORDER
Published September 14, 1995
Arena Football League Commissioner Jim Drucker said in an interview yesterday that Toronto is a likely site for a '96 expansion team, according to the GLOBE & MAIL. Drucker: "I fully believe that we will have a team in Toronto. We're very excited about the Toronto market and we know Toronto will be excited about the Arena Football League." The league will award expansion franchises in two of the following cities next month: Toronto, Houston and New York. Direct Choice TV President Rick Buckingham is "attempting to put the finishing touches" on a deal to bring a franchise to Toronto. While Buckingham was "reluctant" to discuss his AFL plans, the GLOBE & MAIL's Marty York notes he is scheduled to be in Toronto today for a "possible" meeting with Maple Leaf Gardens officials (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/14). THE MUSIC CITY NEXT? In Nashville, a deal has still yet to be finalized to bring an AFL franchise to the Music City. Ft. Worth attorney Hollis Godfrey is looking to place the defunct Denver Dynamite in the city's proposed new arena for the '97 season (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 9/12).