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12-15-2006, 01:08 PM
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OT: Uncle George Tries To Bring NFL To Olympic Stadium

http://www.rds.ca/football/chroniques/219349.html

This says that George Gillett is working with the NFL to bring a regular season game to Olympic Stadium. It also says that Gillet has some good contacts in the NFL.

That man...That man is really in business you guys, and I hope he doesn't bankrupt on his way to make himself richer.

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12-15-2006, 01:29 PM
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I think that is next to impossible. The Big Owe would only seat about 58,000 people, which is smaller than any NFL stadium. Plus, what NFL team are you going to get to give up one of its home games to play here? How are they going to sell that to their season ticket holders, some of whom fork over BIG coin. Never mind the owners of the skyboxes.

The only way I see that as a possibility is if they were able to convince one of the Northeast teams, like the Jets, Giants, Bills or Pats to do it, so at least they would be able to shuttle their devout followers up. Realistically though, I don't see why any NFL owner would be willing to do it unless they were given a guaranteed gate.

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I think that is next to impossible. The Big Owe would only seat about 58,000 people, which is smaller than any NFL stadium. Plus, what NFL team are you going to get to give up one of its home games to play here? How are they going to sell that to their season ticket holders, some of whom fork over BIG coin. Never mind the owners of the skyboxes.

The only way I see that as a possibility is if they were able to convince one of the Northeast teams, like the Jets, Giants, Bills or Pats to do it, so at least they would be able to shuttle their devout followers up. Realistically though, I don't see why any NFL owner would be willing to do it unless they were given a guaranteed gate.
It's an NFL project. Over the next 3 years (I think) every team in the NFL will play one game outside of the US.

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I would be the happiest man in the world... if he ever got an NFL team here permently (i know it'll never happen) he would be the greatest owner in my books

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A few years ago, I was really pissed that Molson decided to sell the team to an American. I really think that the Canadiens that have so much history should have stayed in Canada. But i've got to say that I was wrong. M. Gillett did some really good things for the Habs and really showed that he cared. I am really suprised by everythuing he does for the team.


Continue your good work!

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It's an NFL project. Over the next 3 years (I think) every team in the NFL will play one game outside of the US.
I don't think that's right. That would mean 5 regular season games outside the US each season. I think they were planning on 2 games each year. The first are likely to be in Toronto and Mexico City.

I agree that the O would be too small for this kind of thing, though 58000 isn't actually that much smaller than a few of the NFL stadiums.

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the olympic stadium stadium seats 58 for baseball, a football field is a fraction of the outfield, mad seats on the field if you wanted too

and yes the NFL is trying to come to other countries, so maybe it will be possible

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I don't think that's right. That would mean 5 regular season games outside the US each season. I think they were planning on 2 games each year. The first are likely to be in Toronto and Mexico City.

I agree that the O would be too small for this kind of thing, though 58000 isn't actually that much smaller than a few of the NFL stadiums.

sounds like uncle George doesnt wanted to be outstaged .
I dont think the O would be too small they could just inflate ticket prices . for a one time event they could really make a killing


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servl...TPStory/Sports


Paul Godfrey, the president and chief executive officer of the Toronto Blue Jays who has been pressing Toronto's NFL viability for 20 years, said last night that Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and media mogul Ted Rogers have joined forces and will bid on bringing an NFL regular-season game to Toronto in 2008 and 2009.


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Let the NFL stay in Yank Land. Although I enjoy the quality of game, any games north of the border will hurt the CFL. If Uncle Rogers tries to put a team in Toronto, I hope the Prime Minister pulls a Trudeau and blocks it aka The Toronto Northeman in the World Football League.

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Let the NFL stay in Yank Land. Although I enjoy the quality of game, any games north of the border will hurt the CFL. If Uncle Rogers tries to put a team in Toronto, I hope the Prime Minister pulls a Trudeau and blocks it aka The Toronto Northeman in the World Football League.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memphis_Southmen

If ted gets a NFL team in TO

the new canadain football leauge will exist from Sask to Bc only

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I don't think that's right. That would mean 5 regular season games outside the US each season. I think they were planning on 2 games each year. The first are likely to be in Toronto and Mexico City.

I agree that the O would be too small for this kind of thing, though 58000 isn't actually that much smaller than a few of the NFL stadiums.
You are right it's 2 games a year over whatever time it takes for all the team to do it once.

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Marc Denis had problems to come in Canada, imagine a whole NFL team HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA

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http://www.rds.ca/football/chroniques/219349.html

This says that George Gillett is working with the NFL to bring a regular season game to Olympic Stadium. It also says that Gillet has some good contacts in the NFL.

That man...That man is really in business you guys, and I hope he doesn't bankrupt on his way to make himself richer.
For one game a year: it would work FOR SURE!!!

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Let the NFL stay in Yank Land. Although I enjoy the quality of game, any games north of the border will hurt the CFL. If Uncle Rogers tries to put a team in Toronto, I hope the Prime Minister pulls a Trudeau and blocks it aka The Toronto Northeman in the World Football League.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memphis_Southmen
The NFL will never exist in Toronto. Mark my words.

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To help clarify for everyone it's 2 games a year for 16 years... Eastern teams will likely go to Europe, western based teams will likely go to Canada/Mexico.

58,000 While on the small side is more then the Indianapolis Colts average per game despite selling out every game (though apparantly only at 95% capacity, go figure)...http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/attendance

As for the NFL never going to Toronto there was a lot of talk a few years back of the Bills going there and here in Buffalo there is still a lot of talk of the Bills ending up in Toronto, I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the posibility especially with the ever narrowing gap of the strength of our dollar versus your dollar.

I know you've got the CFL but I honestly have very little knowledge of what sort of fanbase football has in Toronto or Montreal (the two most likely canidates to get a team full time) or even Canada as a whole so I'm not sure how much that would help TV ratings (for those that don't know NFL teams get something like 80 million a year just in national television deals) As far at the NFL is concerned that you would attend a game really means nothing it's the all mighty television dollar that matters.

As for that Mark Denis point what kind of rules do you have on people with criminal records coming into the country? The NFL has more then it's fair share of those with legal problems.

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If Gillett can pull this off, I may just renounce my Pittsburgh Penguins fandom card and convert to la Sainte Flanelle.

Nah...but man would the NFL in Montreal ever be awesome! I was at the Jets-Browns preseason game back in 1985? or was it 1987??? Been a Jets fan ever since.

Do it, George. Do it!



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I'd love to see the Jets play a game here. I'd... well, I'd go.

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The Big O sat 68,000 for the Grey Cup and that was with a CFL size field, so 70,000 may not be out of the question with extra grandstands in the end zones, which is on par with many NFL stadiums

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