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CFL FACING THIRD AND LONG AT THE 55?
Published October 17, 1996
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).