CFL expansion to the east coast is back in the news again.
As Sean Fitzgerald reports in today's National Post -- the CFL's website provides a helpful reprint here -- the latest rumbles come out of Halifax's bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which if successful would include a 25,000-seat stadium.
There are so many hurdles to be surmounted to get there -- a well-financed ownership group, a strong attendance base, that bid with its stadium are all very questionable. This balloon has been floated before, too, without any success, and as Fitzgerald notes, the Premier of Nova Scotia doubts the strength of the market for a team in Atlantic Canada (Translation: Don't go coming to me for dough).
Says the CEO of Halifax's bid committee:
"If we're fortunate enough to be chosen to represent Canada on the international basis and get the Games for 2014, that includes a stadium. So we are doing lots of work on that particular subject. But it's being done, right now, through our bid for the Commonwealth Games."
Moncton and Quebec City have also been touted as possible expansion destinations.
A 10-team CFL, and a true coast to coast league? No one can argue with the concept. And no one, as yet, can make it happen.