Football

B.C. senator seeks ban on NFL relocation to Canada

A senator from British Columbia has introduced a bill hoping to prevent the National Football League from expanding north of the border.

A senator from British Columbia has introduced a bill hoping to prevent the National Football League from expanding north of the border.

Vancouver senator Larry Campbell introduced the bill earlier this week in an attempt to prevent the NFL from creating an expansion team or relocating a current franchise in Canada.

The move is a response to the decision to have the Buffalo Bills play eight games at the Rogers Centre in Toronto over the next five years.

Campbell believes that move could be a precursor for the Bills eventual relocation to Canada and would lead to the eventual downfall of the Canadian Football League.

"If this plan were to come to fruition, I, together with many others, believe that the CFL's future would be in significant peril," Campbell said when introducing the bill. "As proud Canadians and fans of the CFL, we must make every effort to defend our own brand of football."

Bills Toronto Series Organizers reported in May that 180,000 ticket requests have been registered for the eight games — five regular-season and three exhibition contests — to be played at the Rogers Centre through the 2012 season.

With files from the Canadian Press

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