BC Lions owner David Braley says he is planning to sell the Canadian Football League team within three years. He is also the owner of the Toronto Argonauts.
“I will be selling [the Lions and Argonauts] by the time I turn 75,” Braley told the Toronto Star. “I have three years to go.”
There is reportedly three individuals interested in buying the Argonauts and there are approximately seven interested in buying the Lions.
You can bet the Aquilini Investment Group-owned Canucks Sports & Entertainment are one of the seven interested parties.
The Aquilinis have shown interest in the past in building a sports franchise empire akin to Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.
In 2008, the Aquilinis contemplated submitting a rival bid to Major League Soccer for an expansion franchise to play at a renovated, 20,000-seat Swangard Stadium. The Vancouver Whitecaps led by Greg Kerfoot had already submitted a bid at the time with B.C. Place Stadium.
The Aquilinis cancelled their bid after their plans for Swangard fell through and could not find an alternative home field.
On at least two occasions, it has been reported the Aquilinis have tried to bring the National Basketball Association back to Vancouver. They tried to purchase the Indiana Pacers in 2009 and the New Orleans Hornets in 2011. The Pacers were able to sign a new arena lease and the Hornets (now the Pelicans) found a new local owner.