" ... the death of the International Bowl speaks to a much larger issue -- the complete financial failure of every football venture in Canada’s largest market.However, there is a silver lining:
"The International Bowl? Dead.
"The Vanier Cup? Moved from the Big Smoke because of lack of interest.
"The Buffalo Bills playing once a season? No Thanks.
"The CFL’s Toronto Argonauts? They haven’t turned a profit since this year’s class of college seniors were in diapers.
"Meanwhile, the football programs at York University and the University of Toronto are traditionally at the very bottom in terms of on-field success and support in the stands."
"... High school football in Toronto is right now making a strong comeback. And as for anyone who might suggest Toronto’s multicultural nature is responsible for a football malaise, well forget it. Immigrants now make up the biggest area of growth in football at the grass roots, a trend that is apparent at the high school, collegiate and professional levels in Canada."The question, from a CIS and OUA perspective, is if/when the programs in the GTA will reflect such growing interest, instead of Toronto and York being 1-55 (you could look it up) against all other opponents across the past four seasons. The talent pool, though, is not among the obstacles York and U of T face in football.
Football's decline in Toronto (Naylor's Sideline View)