Comment 47230

By Shempatolla (registered) - website | Posted September 04, 2010 at 23:29:37

There is NO OTHER MUNICIPALITY in Canada never mind Ontario that is going to shell out 60 plus million dollars and then lobby their province and the feds to build a stadium for a privately owned sports team that plays in an 8 team league and does about $15 million in revenue a year and needs $1.5 million a year in operating subsidies from the municipality to stay afloat. The Tiger Cats are not going anywhere. Period. Should Mr Young be foolish enough to take this game of chicken to the limit and actually pack the moving vans and take them somewhere, he will have immediately devalued his franchise to the point where he will never recover a dime. The Hamilton Tiger Cats are still worth something. The Oshawa Assemblers or the Aldershot Yuppies or the Moncton What Evers are worth squat.

Had Mr Young done a better job of fielding a winning team over the years and filling Ivor Wynne to something better than 65% capacity we likely wouldn't be having this conversation. He would probably be thrilled to be able to play in a brand new facility and still get the sweetheart deal from the city he gets now. While the experience at the stadium has improved greatly since Mr Young's tenure began, the product on the field hasn't. People want to back a winner. The one exception in this area seems to be the Toronto Maple Leafs and the lemmings that continue to support that money grubbing organization. And while there were two memorable season's in 98' 99' with one championship, the team has had a mostly losing record for the last 30 years. People want more than a Labour Day win against the Argo's to hang their hat on. And if Southern Ontario only has one CFL team......? The league will soon fold. Again. The Tiger Cats are not going anywhere.

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