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CHAOS FOOTBALL LEAGUE: CFL HAVE A BORDER WAR IN THE WORKS?
Published November 15, 1995
The owners of the five U.S. franchises in the CFL discussed seceding and forming their own league during a conference call last week, according to Marty York in this morning's GLOBE & MAIL. York reports the U.S. owners have agreed to present a list of demands to the CFL's Board of Governors. If the demands are not met, they will "threaten to find three new teams and establish a league of their own by next spring." The owners will reportedly demand to change the league name and rules in a meeting in Toronto at the end of the month. Memphis Coach Pepper Rodgers is suggesting U.S. teams play with American rules, and Canadian teams keep Canadian rules. The rumors have CFL Chair John Tory "unabashedly lived," according to York. Tory: "They are not going to get us to agree to Americanizing the CFL's rules because this is something that's too important to us. We didn't ask for the baskets to be lowered in Toronto and Vancouver for your home games when the Raptors and Grizzlies were given franchises ... and we're not going to allow the American teams in the CFL to play with four downs or 100-yard fields" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/15).