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CFL Commissioner Says League Is In Good Shape, Though Argos' Success Is Important
Published November 28, 2011
ARGONAUTS IMPORTANT TO THE LEAGUE: Cohon said having Braley's involvement with the team "is great for the Toronto franchise and the league." Cohon: "Working with him is going to be the most important thing on the league agenda for the next three or four years." He added, "The board is focused on reigniting the passion in southern Ontario with even more focus on Toronto. We have a great opportunity in Hamilton. They'll be getting a new stadium by 2014. I think that's going to re-invigorate the market. We have work to do in Toronto" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 11/24). In Toronto, Damien Cox noted the C$500,000 for the Argos is the "kind of league support that the previous owners ... asked for but were denied access to." Cox: "But Braley all but runs the CFL, so he gets the help." However, Braley's "ownership of two teams has turned the Argos into a wreck" (TORONTO STAR, 11/25). In Ottawa, Mark Sutcliffe wrote under the header, "CFL Can't Flourish Without Competitive Argos." Cohon "does his best to convince everyone that the CFL is thriving despite the Argos," but that is "like saying life is great at home because you get along with your whole family except your spouse." Sutcliffe: "Unless the league fixes Toronto, all of Cohon's recent progress could unravel. Cohon says David Braley ... is the right man for the job, but it has been almost two years since he took over and not much has happened yet" (OTTAWA CITIZEN, 11/27).
EXTENSION FOR COHON BEING DISCUSSED: The CP's Dan Ralph reported Cohon's current deal as commissioner expires in April, and his "future was a hot-button topic." Cohon wants to stay in his current position, and league governors "share that sentiment and the two sides continue to talk." Re-signing Cohon "would seem a slam-dunk for the CFL," as the league has "enjoyed steady growth under Cohon by both renewing existing sponsorships while adding a number of new ones." There is a "sense of calm throughout the league with no major fires burning," and Cohon has "shown a willingness to leave no stone unturned in an attempt to boost revenues." However, there is "talk now of some unrest on the board with some members feeling Cohon hasn't done enough to boost revenues and spent too much operating the league's head office in Toronto" (CP, 11/25). The GLOBE & MAIL's Allan Maki wrote under the header, "Keeping The Commissioner Should Be A CFL Priority." Maki: "Cohon has been the kind of savvy facilitator the league has needed to make improvements and keep most of his bosses on side. Keeping him in office should be a priority because there are encouraging signs" (GLOBE & MAIL, 11/25).