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THE CFL MEETS ITS DESTINY THIS WEEK
Published January 31, 1996
The CFL Board of Governors meet in Edmonton this week to determine the fate of the league. According to Marty York of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, the Shreveport Pirates, Birmingham Barracudas, Memphis Mad Dogs and San Antonio Texans "have either folded, have no stadiums to play in or will not be permitted to be part of the CFL in 1996." York reports CFL Commissioner Larry Smith "will announce on Friday that the league will use 1996 to regroup and formulate new plans for U.S expansion in 1997." One of Smith's Friday announcements will be the league's return to Montreal in the form of the Baltimore Stallions. Stallions Owner Jim Speros said he will allow fans to decide whether to keep the team name or "resurrect" the Alouettes (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 1/31). Stephen Brunt writes CFL leaders "will try to frame Friday's announcement like a return to sanity, to good times past. The truth will be far more sad and desperate than that" (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/31).