BC Lions franchise revoked by CFL (1992)

On today’s date in 1992, the Canadian Football League (CFL) revoked the franchise of BC Lions’ owner Murray Pezim, assuming control of the team after Pezim refused to pay the club’s bills.

In March 1992, the Lions lost future National Football League star Doug Flutie to free agency, setting the stage for what’s arguably the lowest point in BC Lions franchise history. An 0-8 start was the worst in club history, and only a mid-season three-game win streak brought any success on the field in what was a league-worst 3-15 record that season.

Flutie, who would play the 1992 season with the Calgary Stampeders, for whom he won the Grey Cup that year, was later named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player for the second straight season, becoming only the third player to do so.

Later that year, Canada Post featured Lion's legend Geroy Simon alongside a photo of 'Lui's Kick' on this Permanent-rate stamp (SC #2569).

Later that year, Canada Post featured Lion’s legend Geroy Simon alongside a photo of ‘Lui’s Kick’ on this Permanent-rate stamp (SC #2569).

By September, Bill Comrie has purchased the BC Lions franchise from the CFL, beginning a new era in BC Lions history. Since the 1992 season, in which they placed dead last, the Lions have won the Grey Cup four times (1994, 2000, 2006 and 2011).

In 2012, to mark the 100th Grey Cup, the BC Lions were featured on two Permanent-rate stamps issued by Canada Post.

Issued June 29, 2012, the first stamp (Scott #2559) depicts the team logo. Printed by Lowe-Martin on Tullis Russell paper using three-colour lithography, the stamp measures 24 mm x 20 mm and have general tagging along each side.

The second stamp (SC #2569), issued Aug. 12, 2012, depicts BC Lions’ legend Geroy Simon alongside a photo of “Lui’s Kick”, which won the ’94 Grey Cup and is arguably the greatest play in the team’s franchise history.

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