So it says in the paper that the top ticket for a NFL game in Toronto will be $350 ... and (whispers) between you and me, I hear you have to watch the Buffalo Bills.
You remember the Bills. They let Rob Johnson start a playoff game once. They haven't made that mistake since.
Step 1 in gradually reconciling oneself to the inevitable is to say, yes, Toronto deserves the NFL. It's the most high-dollar, big-money sports business in the world outside of Formula One and T-Dot is a high-dollar, big-money town. That's it. Don't pretend that the people have ever displayed any worthiness of snatching away Western New York's team all those years, save for the Argos drawing 30,000 in recent seasons, they've pretty much ignored three-down Canadian football in their own backyard.
Step 2 is for all the sports philistines is to give their heads a shake ahead of the shakedown that Dave Perkins outlined in The Star today: $10,000 personal seat licences, a raid on the public coffers to build a NFL-size stadium and the same reality hockey fans face: Your ability to afford tickets is likely in inverse proportion to your love of the game. (Another domino to topple is that Rogers might conceivably retro-fit the Rogers Centre for baseball and kick out the Argos.)
Step 3? Someone tell CFL commish Mark Cohon to nut up and start asking about a payment for invading his league's territorial rights -- the NFL could easily afford $50-60 million a year. Hey, after the NFL-AFL merger in the late '60s, the New York Giants collected a then-princely $6M for having the Jets invade their turf. There's a precedent.
It's going to happen, but remember no true sports fan really needed it and if you're such a big NFL fan, why aren't you happy supporting the team you already have from your living room on Sunday? 'Cause that's as close as you're likely going to get to the Toronto Bills.
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