CFL FRANCHISE NOTES
SAN ANTONIO: Local businessman Tom Herring "apparently will
have the first chance" at owning a CFL franchise. Calgary
Stampeders owner Larry Ryckman said yesterday he will allow
Herring to choose whether he wants a team at the Alamodome before
making his decision on where the Stampeders play next season.
Herring plans to meet with league officials in early October
about his possible ownership group. Herring has not decided
whether to pursue a team for next season or wait for '96.
Ryckman said the league "has heard from other potential owners
should Herring not push to have a team in San Antonio next
season." Franchises in Las Vegas and Hamilton could be
relocation targets "if an expansion team doesn't materialize."
Cost of a CFL expansion franchise is $6M, with a $6M line of
credit to cover operating costs during the first season. There
is also a one-time $100,000 application fee (Tim Griffin, SAN
ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 9/22).
BALTIMORE: In Washington, Christine Brennan writes that the
city has "thoroughly embraced" the CFL. Attendance for
Baltimore's five home games:
DATE VISITOR ATTENDANCE
July 16 Calgary 39,247
July 23 Shreveport 31,172
August 10 Hamilton 37,231
August 20 Toronto 41,155
September 10 Sacramento 42,116