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Should Ottawa get another CFL franchise?
Thu, March 20, 2008

Improvements to a broken-down building and an agreement the would-be tenants can live with appear to be all that's standing in the way of Ottawa fielding another CFL team in the 2010 season.

A local power group fronted by 67's owner Jeff Hunt that is backed by wealthy developers John Ruddy, William Shenkman and Roger Greenberg is expected to be granted a conditional franchise for the nation's capital next week.

Is Hunt's group the best way to return the CFL to Ottawa? Should the capital region get another football team following the loss of the Renegades and Rough Riders? Have your say in our forum.

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Ottawa is a sports town but perhaps picky about it. we've had the Sens for 15 years and the 67's for a lot longer. I don't like baseball so i didn't support it I tried to get out to Football and lacrosse games but there was always a problem to get to the game or hell, if they televised it, why go. But if everyone is so admanant about Ottawa not getting another chance then just fold the CFL. only 9 teams right now and it's pretty lame. certainly if there is no Ottawa team then I have no interest and will not support the CFL at all.
gerry madden, 2008-03-25 11:02:19

1)With the lacrosse team the city support 12,000 a game.That was untill the group moved them to the civic centre.

2)As for the lafs fans at the sbc.A good number of them live in ottawa and have sens season tickets.

3)The rens had there franchise rights revoked due to the ownership.This was not the fans fault.

4)I find it funny toronto/mtl call then hockey towns.Yet the fact is there not.There great nhl city and that is where it end for the most part.
jayme, 2008-03-25 10:02:03

I more or less have to agree with most of your observations Jake - re Ottawa and the CFL anyway. As for the hockey, it is perplexing to see how many Leaf fans get tickets when the Buds are in town - but even so, when the Leafs are not the opposition they still draw upwards of 20,000 per game.

Meanwhile, on nights when the 67s and Olympiques (across the river) are at home, you can have 20,000 at ScotiaBank Place, 10,000 at the Civic Centre, and 5,000 at the Guertin. Show me one night when any other metro area in Canada has 35,000 fans watching live.

Where baseball is concerned, that franchise began to die in 1994 when MLB put the screws, first to the Expos, and then to baseball in general. Fans down there may like to attend games where their teams have no chance right out of spring training every year, thanks to the ridiculous payrolls of teams like the Yankees and Red Sox, but I like to to think that fans here in Ottawa - in general - are not butt-kissing, fawning sycophants who "support our team regardless."

Pro sports is about winning. Don't win and the smart ones stay away. That will happen to the Sens too if they continue to spiral down the toilet
George O'Leary, 2008-03-24 12:38:47

maybe 3 times lucky??? I doubt it. Sorry they have had thier chance, another team, another dispersal draft comming up!
tom, 2008-03-23 19:32:17

Sorry Ottawa...

You have had a couple of chances...

It is too disruptive to the CFL. The league should move into Halifax to give that city a try !

Ottawa should wait a while to prove they can support a team. To date there has been two failures in what... 10 years ?
powell, 2008-03-23 19:22:16

Yes sirree...time for my Roughriders to return...yes Roughriders... owned by Ottawa people...how dare there be CFL withought my team !
RonnieStuart, 2008-03-23 13:18:25

One other point regarding the support demonstrated by Ottawa "fans" for the Sens. I just witnessed the Leafs winning their fourth straight against a team that is clearly on the decline. Can someone explain to me how Leaf fans get their hands on half the tickets for these Leaf/Sens games in Ottawa. We see a few scattered knobs in T.O. when the Sens are in town but Leaf fans actually support their team to the point where there are very few tickets available for the other team's fans. Montreal is the exception for some reason.


Jake, 2008-03-22 22:20:15

Well let's think about this.

Ottawa can't support the Lynx - has shown time and time again that it can't support a CFL team - can't support the NLL - Senators fans are fair weather fans at best and it's a lucky thing for the franchise that there have been sunny days for a number of years now (this will inevitably not be the case forever and then we'll see what level of support the Sens receive). I could go on.

Here's a news flash for the people of Ottawa:

YOU'RE NOT A SPORTS TOWN!!!

The city is our federal capital loaded with swivel servants and left-leaning liberal weenies - not conducive to sports.

These are not kind words, but the truth is sometimes a painful thing to face.

So, in answer to the question, Ottawa should definitely not get another CFL franchise! Stick to your museums and the arts - all worthy endeavours. Ottawa is a beautiful city (I've visited it many times and will continue to do so) - don't try to be something you're not.


Jake, 2008-03-21 12:00:16

As a diehard Rough Rider fan living outside Ottawa, I've experienced a growing lack of interest in the CFL over the past few years. Definitely, bring a team back to Ottawa when the league itself is strong, TV ratings are up, and the right group is there in Ottawa to make the business part work. I'll be cheering the team on in Toronto and Hamilton, as well as making road trips to Ottawa. A strong Rough Riders/Renegades team = a stronger CFL.
Cam Levack, 2008-03-21 09:59:48

I appreciate the comments favouring a CFL team in the Maritimes, but I don't believe we have the fan base to support a franchise. I was a huge fan of Ottawa in the fifties and sixties, so I'm sentimental about the capital city. Give Ottawa one more try but, please, ditch that dumb "Renegades" moniker in favour of the "Rough Riders."


butch f., 2008-03-20 22:48:41

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