From the New Orleans Saints to the Toronto Saints, it’s a move that Toronto NFL councillor Doug Ford thinks is a real possibility given the size of the market and Canada’s desire to adopt an NFL team.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have also been named as a potential team to make the move north. That seems more likely then the Saints, considering the teams decreasing popularity and slumping ticket sales.
They have to take care of the problem in Los Angeles first,” said the candid Ford, who is the brother of Toronto mayor Rob Ford. “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. — Ford @ interview with thescore.com
There are some logistic issues that are currently preventing such a move from happenning, including the size of Rogers Center, which to NFL standards is about twenty-thousand seats too small.
Another being that the New Orleans Saints are likely not going anywhere for a long, long time. Tom Benson and Rita Benson LeBlanc, the teams owners, are deeply rooted in New Orleans running multiple businesses with heavy ties to the state government.