CFL NEWS AND NOTES
In Baltimore, word that the Buccaneers will be staying in
Tampa Bay was good news for CFL franchise owner Jim Speros.
Speros told the Baltimore SUN: "It's good for the organization."
Orioles owner Peter Angelos, who would have brought the team to
Baltimore, was one of the finalists in the bidding for the Bucs
(Rick Matsumoto, TORONTO STAR, 1/18)....Minto Development
President Roger Greenberg announced Tuesday that his company has
"turned down a chance to purchase the Ottawa Rough Riders."
Minto will, however, buy 500 season tickets for the upcoming
season, helping the team get closer to the CFL-imposed target of
15,000 by Jan. 31 (Don Campbell, OTTAWA CITIZEN,
1/18)....Greenwich, CT, businessman William Berkley is seeking a
commitment from the CFL to build a stadium and "lure" a team to
Connecticut. Berkley is also considering San Antonio and two
other cities as possible sites for a team (Toronto GLOBE AND
MAIL, 1/18)....The Edmonton Eskimos announced that they need an
additional 7,000 season ticket holders by March 1 to reach a
critical 22,000, or the team may have to be sold, which in turn
could lead to the team relocating to another city. In '83, the
Eskimos had 52,000 season ticket holders. Last year, they had
15,000 (Jim Taylor, Vancouver PROVINCE, 1/19).