The BC Lions won’t be joining the Canucks Sports and Entertainment empire anytime soon, judging by a comment from Francesco Aquilini this afternoon.
Despite our best effort to convince him otherwise, it doesn’t look like the Canucks owner has any interest in snapping up Vancouver’s CFL franchise.
“Thanks for the many suggestions we’ve had about buying the BC Lions, but it’s not something we’re considering at the moment,” Aquilini said in a tweet.
Thanks for the many suggestions we've had about buying the BC Lions, but it's not something we're considering at the moment.
— Francesco Aquilini (@fr_aquilini) October 28, 2020
The eventual sale of the Lions is once again in the spotlight following the death of their longtime owner David Braley this week.
Aquilini has spoken about the Lions before, admitting that purchasing the franchise was something that had been at least discussed in the past. The Canucks have purchased three pro sports franchises in the last two years, buying a pro lacrosse team and two esports franchises.
Braley had been attempting to sell the Lions for many years prior to his death, but the asking price was always more than anyone was willing to spend. It will be interesting to see what happens to the franchise now, following a cancelled CFL season in 2020 due to the pandemic and uncertainty looming over plans for 2021.