According to a report by ProFootballTalk, the city of Toronto is hungry for more NFL football. Councillor Doug Ford, brother of Toronto mayor Rob Ford, says that the city intends to pursue an NFL franchise once the league has put a team back in Los Angeles.
Not terribly surprising. What is surprising is that the Bills don’t appear to be on the city’s short list of targets:
“They have to take care of the problem in Los Angeles first,” Ford said. “Two teams are kind of in play here: Jacksonville’s number one; New Orleans is the other. So there’s two teams. Once they take care of Los Angeles, we’re going to fly over to New York, set up a meeting with [NFL commissioner Roger] Goodell and give him our pitch.”
Wow. Well, everyone knew Jacksonville was in play to be moved. But New Orleans? That would be a nightmare PR scenario for the NFL if the Saints left Louisiana. I just can’t see it happening.
It’s interesting that Ford didn’t mention the Bills at all. It’s possible that this was intentional, as Toronto doesn’t want to seem like it is openly campaigning for a Bills move.
However, I don’t think the NFL would allow a team to move to Toronto that’s NOT the Bills. You can bet the Bills would campaign long and hard to avoid having a competitor invade an area the team considers to be in its market.
In any case, there’s no need to panic yet Bills fans. Toronto would need a new stadium before any move was possible, and I think the Bills currently aren’t a real candidate for a move to L.A. The Jaguars, Chargers, and Vikings are a clear top three for that move at the moment.