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08:03 AM ET 05.31 | Canadian Football League commissioner Mark Cohon took the high road when asked about Toronto as an NFL market. Doug Ford, a Toronto city councillor and the brother of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, was more than happy to speculate. The Fords, who are proponents of bringing U.S. football to Toronto, were at the news conference and reporters surrounded the mayor wondering whether he believed an NFL team would mean the death of the Argos. ... But Doug Ford believes the NFL would actually help the CFL by generating more economic activity. "What's the No. 1 issue with the CFL? Not fans, not loyalty ... it all comes down to the money. What better company to come along than the NFL to support the CFL."

National Post

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May 31, 2011  08:07 AM ET

NFL supporting the CFL?


Toronto must sell good hallucinogenics...

May 31, 2011  08:08 AM ET

<What better company to come along than the NFL to support the CFL.">



Are we serious?

May 31, 2011  08:11 AM ET

Considering we don't have football in the good ole' US of A at this point, I really think this conversation is premature. About 60 years premature even if there were no lockout.

May 31, 2011  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

NFL supporting the CFL? Toronto must sell good hallucinogenics...

Only a very rich man could afford to get that drunk in Canada, eh?

May 31, 2011  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

NFL supporting the CFL? Toronto must sell good hallucinogenics...

That would explain how a team that hasn't won the Stanley Cup in 44 years and hasn't made the playoffs since the lockout can still fill the ACC every night.

Thanks Otis.

May 31, 2011  08:21 AM ET

NFL in Canada?, Could be a logistical nightmare, can some of these felons get passports, will their parole boards let them leave the States, how can they bring their guns into Canada? All questions that would need to be answered.

May 31, 2011  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

...Thanks Otis.

Glad to help support the anti-Maple Leaf faction, Stranger.

This certainly should apply to the Sun employees...

May 31, 2011  08:41 AM ET

They make "Fords" sound like the real Fords.

May 31, 2011  08:55 AM ET

You know ... the only people who seem to want to continually push an "NFL to Toronto" agenda are the Floored Brothers ... I mean ... the Ford Brothers. This is a non-story. The NFL has a commitment to the CFL (and yes, actually DOES consider our Canadian League somewhat of a "feeder system", especially for developing undrafted players into professional blue-chip NFL prospects) and it just doesn't make sense for the NFL owners to locate a team in Toronto. Why does everyone think it's a fait accompli: do you REALLY think Jerry Jones is going to get on a "Let's drop a team in Hogtown!" bandwagon? I think at least one team in Los Angeles is a priority, with cities such as Portland, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and perhaps even Columbus making more financial sense as potential long-term expansion projects.

But then again, stranger things have happened. Winnipeg is about to get a "new" hockey team, too ... so I guess you never know ...

May 31, 2011  09:01 AM ET

You should have heard Ford on the radio station Fan 590, was trying to claim there were only 20k fans coming to Jacksonville, at least our broadcasters have their facts right... "Uh, actually Mr. Ford the Jaguars averaged over 60 000 fans last year, up 14000 from the year before"

Please don't wrap us Torontonians all in the same lot

May 31, 2011  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

NFL in Canada?, Could be a logistical nightmare, can some of these felons get passports, will their parole boards let them leave the States, how can they bring their guns into Canada? All questions that would need to be answered.

Nice thought... wonder if NAFTA covers this???

Right now, the NFL is supporting a "functioning" CFL... at least they are still working/playing!

May 31, 2011  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

You should have heard Ford on the radio station Fan 590, was trying to claim there were only 20k fans coming to Jacksonville, at least our broadcasters have their facts right... "Uh, actually Mr. Ford the Jaguars averaged over 60 000 fans last year, up 14000 from the year before"Please don't wrap us Torontonians all in the same lot

Well said. I think a number of us NFL fans in Toronto would just wish Doug Ford would shut up about bringing the NFL here. It's really starting to get embarrassing.

May 31, 2011  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

NFL in Canada?, Could be a logistical nightmare, can some of these felons get passports, will their parole boards let them leave the States, how can they bring their guns into Canada? All questions that would need to be answered.

<giggles>

May 31, 2011  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

NFL in Canada?, Could be a logistical nightmare, can some of these felons get passports, will their parole boards let them leave the States, how can they bring their guns into Canada? All questions that would need to be answered.

The NBA makes it work somehow.

May 31, 2011  09:38 AM ET

It happened in the NBA,,,

May 31, 2011  09:40 AM ET
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The NBA makes it work somehow.

yeah, but the mlb had talked in the past about how hard it was to sign non-farm guys to contracts because no one wanted to pay taxes in two countries. I don't see nfl players being any different in that regard.

as for nba, who watches that crap?

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May 31, 2011  09:43 AM ET

This is just confusing. I mean, really? I agree that there are better places to fill with NFL teams than Canada, this just makes it look like the NFL thinks southern Canada is really just the Northern US. On the rare occasions I get to see a CFL game, I quite enjoy it. I can't think the CFL would sit idly by and allow the NFL to move in on their turf. I doubt the fans of the Argos would either jump ship or even split their devotion with an NFL team, though, hypothetically speaking it would seem the Bills would be the most likely contender, seeing as they already play there once a year. I don't know, this whole thing seems ridiculous.

Either way, I think as far as putting NFL teams in new cities, L.A. is far and above the main priority.

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May 31, 2011  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Nice thought... wonder if NAFTA covers this???

NAFTA:
No American Football Team Anywhere

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