Senator wants to close borders to NFL

September 15, 2009, 12:45 AM

THE CANADIAN PRESS

A B.C. senator is hoping to sack any possibility of the National Football League expanding into Canada.

Vancouver senator Larry Campbell introduced a bill earlier this week aimed at preventing the NFL from putting an expansion team or relocated franchise in Canada. The bill was introduced in response to the decision to hold eight Buffalo Bills games in Toronto over the next five years.

The decision is seen by many as the precursor to the Bills franchise moving north permanently — a move Campbell believes will mark the end 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."

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