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SBD/January 24, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Toronto Mayor Hopes To Bring NFL Franchise To City
Published January 24, 2011
NOT A PIPE DREAM: Godfrey, Publisher of the National Post, said the idea is "not a pipe dream." Godfrey: "I am confident the NFL is on Toronto's horizon. It is difficult to put a time frame on it but I do know Toronto has everything. It's a city that stands on its own with corporate head offices, strong employment and loads of football fans." Godfrey "believes the mood, acceptance and success will be more positive" than the Bills Toronto Series "if the NFL team being marketed was Toronto's own" (TORONTO SUN, 1/22).
WRONG APPROACH: In Toronto, Royson James wrote there is "nothing wrong with the Ford Boys stoking the fires of a dying dream" as long as they "have enough energy left to fix the other big-ticket items on their city hall plate." But you can "just tell the Ford Boys know nothing about anything regarding impressing the NFL." James: "The most successful sports league in North America is a closed fraternity of old rich guys who do their business in private and don't take kindly to front-page blowhards demanding a piece of their most prized sports properties" (TORONTO STAR, 1/22). Also in Toronto, Dave Perkins wrote, "You want to even think about playing ball with them one day, you toe every line and never, ever pretend they need you in the least. The league already has plenty of compliant billionaires on hand. It wants rich silent partners and takes on no other kind" (TORONTO STAR, 1/22).