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VANCOUVER -- As if the BC Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders needed more motivation Sunday when the two rivals meet, the Lions have guaranteed a win.

‎Lions President and CEO Dennis Skulsky made the announcement Thursday afternoon by guaranteeing a win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders when the teams meet at BC Place. It’s the first time in the club’s 61 seasons that it has publicly announced a guaranteed win.

“The Saskatchewan Roughriders have challenged this community,” said Skulsky. “They have purchased billboards promoting their team and they’re hosting a ‘Rider fan party and rally in our backyard. We’re a very good football team and we’re here to proudly represent this city and this province. The best way to do that is to win on Sunday and we guarantee that will happen.”

If the Lions fall short of their goal, all fans in attendance can redeem their game ticket from Sunday’s tilt for a ticket of equal value to one of the club’s four remaining regular season home games.  

The guarantee comes almost one month after the club announced that additional seats in the upper bowl of BC Place were being made available to accommodate the demand for tickets to Sunday’s game.

“I know our fans will bring the Roar Factor on Sunday and when you combine that with the hard work and determination of our coaching staff and players, it gives everyone in our organization the confidence that together we can achieve great things,” added Skulsky.

The BC Lions take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC Place on Sunday, August 24th at 4:00 pm.

Fan Comments
A very wise marketing move on the Lions part. The other teams who NEVER sell out there games should do the same thing. It will probably be the ONLY WAY they will fill up all those empty seats.
August 25, 2014 - 9:59am
Actually this may not be such a bad idea. At first I thought this was just a really dumb idea, but another way to look at it:
1. if BC wins they look like geniuses and drive up interest for the next Lions home game. Get more people in the seats.

2. If they loose, they put more people in seats (that may have been empty otherwise) and they sell more beer & concession food. Again they look like geniuses.

Either way, they've driven up interest for the BC fans (who didn't know about / or forgotten about the Lions) to go to some games. May work out for them, time will tell.

August 23, 2014 - 11:29am
Orange & Black
Buying bill-board ad space next to another home team's stadium is about as ill-advised and bush-league as it gets! Could have spent that money helping Sask. charities!
August 23, 2014 - 4:27am
Riders have been doing that in Edmonton for years. Bush league? Hardly. Just a sign (literally) of an enthusiastic fan base/organization. The Lions and their fans could learn from it.
August 23, 2014 - 2:58pm
Orange & Black
Bush-league indeed! Don't see any other CFL team doing it. That money could be far better used supporting the Purolator Food for Hunger-CFL program or some other worthwhile charities!
August 24, 2014 - 4:16am
Nobody else does it, so that makes it wrong somehow?? LOL.
As for the Purolator Drive for Hunger program, how much do they raise in Van. compared to Regina? Now THAT'S bush league!

August 24, 2014 - 10:32am
I bet he's REAL popular with the Lions coaches and players - NOT!
Nothing like giving the other team some extra motivation.
August 23, 2014 - 1:04am
als rule
funny doesn't look like joe Namath?!! I've seen joe Namath in person and skulsky you ain't him!!
August 22, 2014 - 7:41pm
Where are all the Lion fans who are as confident as Skulsky???
August 22, 2014 - 5:59pm
Is that a sign of desperation? When they lose, it will be costly if their fans take advantage of the offer. How will he compensate the season ticket holders? For a team that SUPPOSIDLY does not make much money they could lose their GC profits.
August 22, 2014 - 9:03am
I'm betting there will be more green than orange in the stands. The only time they have to open the upper deck in BC Place is when the Riders come to town.I am also betting the people of Vancouver see more Rider billboards than they see Lions billboards.
August 21, 2014 - 10:56pm
It's called the economy, nothing else. The economy has improved greatly and people are moving back. When are you going back to New Mexico by the way?
August 24, 2014 - 2:32am
Hahaha! I can't believe this. I'm going to laugh so hard if they lose. Way to go Rider Nation! Getting under the Lions skin big time. Watch for Durant rushing the ball! lol.
August 21, 2014 - 8:13pm
GC Bound
Now this is too much!
I'm positive the "Machine" will take it to heart.
Go Riders Go
August 21, 2014 - 8:02pm
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