Vancouver newspaper The Province ran with a rather interesting headline on Lowell Ullrich's piece about the questionable decision to put the 2014 Grey Cup back in B.C., which will be confirmed at a Friday press conference (one the mayor controversially wasn't invited to, probably because it's not the city throwing in $2.7 million). That headline? "Lions ride to CFL's rescue." Taken literally, it would imply that hosting the Grey Cup is some terrible fate that B.C. has spared the rest of the country from rather than the hugely-beneficial cash cow the game has been thought to be: Lions' owner David Braley, who also owns the Toronto Argonauts and will thus be hosting his third Grey Cup in four years, is reported to have made up to $10 million in profit off the 2012 game in Toronto. If hosting the Grey Cup wasn't as good of a deal as previously thought, that would be extremely concerning for the CFL, its teams and its future. Fortunately for the league, that doesn't appear to be the case; the business model for the Grey Cup still appears solid, and the decision to return to Vancouver just three years after the last championship in that city seems motivated by other factors. While whether those factors should have been used is debatable, their existence is better news for the CFL than if the Lions were truly "rescuing" the league.Read More »from Lions supposedly “rescue” the rest of the league from holding a profitable Grey Cup
Andrew Bucholtz is a Canadian football blogger for Yahoo! Sports.