Toronto Argonauts president and CEO Michael Copeland hinted that changes could be coming to the team’s football operations staff in an email sent to season ticket holders on Monday.
The Argos finished last in the East Division with a 5-13 record despite a strong 4-2 start, losing 11 of their last 12 games. That’s led to speculation that general manager Jim Barker and head coach Scott Milanovich could be on their way out.
“On the field, we fell far short of our objectives and our entire organization is extremely disappointed with our results…To that end, we are currently performing a comprehensive review of all aspects of our football operations,” Copeland writes. “This will be our number one off-season priority. However, we have not set a deadline to complete this review, or to implement the changes that will be necessary…We will establish a stronger foundation for on-field success not only in 2017, but in every year that follows.”
The move to BMO Field created a buzz to start the 2016 season in Toronto, but after the first game at the Argos’ new home field, which attracted 24,812 fans, attendance tailed off. That said, Copeland revealed that the franchise doubled their season ticket base and loyal Argos’ faithful will be rewarded.
“Prices will be kept at the 2016 levels, and we will offer you a much stronger bundle of season seat holder benefits – including merchandise discounts, a ticket exchange program, a fan gift, and the return of Argos Fan Day (bigger and better than ever).
Low attendance could’ve been due to the fact that a number of games were on weekday nights.
“We also expect that our 2017 game schedule will be significantly improved, based on feedback received from you,” Copeland pens.