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CFL FACING THIRD AND LONG AT THE 55?

     The CFL may be entering its final "few weeks of existence,"
according to its Chair John Tory, in an interview with Marty York
of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL.  Tory: "This is third down and long
for us and there's very little time left on the clock."  Tory
confirmed the CFL is "just about out of money," adding that none
of the nine clubs in the league will make a profit this season,
"largely because funds were required to keep alive the Ottawa
Rough Riders, B.C. Lions and, to a lesser extent, the Montreal
Alouettes."  Tory: "There's no point in being unrealistic about
this in public any more.  We are extremely close to folding."
Tory said increased playoffs attendance "could go a long way to
restoring the league's financial help."  He is also eyeing
"financial contributions from CFL players," and appealed to CFLPA
Exec Dir Dan Ferrone for contributions.  Tory has "sensed Ferrone
and the players don't understand the severity" of the situation.
Tory: "We're in our hour of need right now, and I'm getting the
impression that Dan doesn't want to help."  Ferrone said his
players are "prepared to help" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/17).
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