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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 needs to give it up

They can barely support an NHL team

Besides, the CFL will fold as soon as the NFL is in Toronto
Tony Soprano, 2008-03-20 12:04:37

How many times are they going to try to put a team in Ottawa? I guess we could see it fail another time but c'mon.
Coby Bailey, 2008-03-20 11:34:20

I love the CFL! Our game is a lot more entertaining than the NFL, but they have the money, and the big talent that money buys. CFL stars often go down south to try for the big salaries.

Why not capitalize on that? Allow NFL franchises to sponsor CFL franchises, and use them for player development. Good potential marquee players who presently sit on the bench, or go to Europe to get playing experience, could do the same here, and be a lot closer to the "big" club if they need to be called into action. We retain the integrity of Canadian-style football and gain sponsorship money. If one NFC and AFC franchise each co-owned a CFL franchise, we could add 7 new teams to our league. Places like Halifax/Moncton, Quebec City, Ottawa, Kingston, London, Saskatoon, Victoria, and Kelowna may not be large enough markets if you look at each community isolated from its surroundings, but each is also surrounded by other satellite communities that would send fans to the games. The game itself, like hockey, is fast-paced, and exciting. It's infectious, and why shouldn't Canadians from coast to coast be represented? A lot of you will write me off as a head-case, and claim the Americans would change our game if they "owned" it, but why would they? For years now they have benefitted by some great star players drifting down from our ranks to theirs. How does a player lose by learning to play a faster game with different rules he has to actually study, and think about? We emphasize speed, and mobility; how does that hurt a potential NFL player? After our little foray south of the border a few years back, a lot of Americans were exposed to Canadian football, and still enjoy it. If more of their players are playing here, (and more Canadian players too!) that will only increase. It would be a very gutsy move, but I believe it would work extremely well, and is the key to continued survival of the CFL. That's just my opinion though, and who am I? Just a big fan, that's all. Oskey-wee-wee!!
Roy, 2008-03-20 11:03:43

Ottawa? No. Maritimes; yes. CFL is entertainment and excitement; NFL is a lot of yap, yap, yap, dull, dull, dull.
Drew, 2008-03-20 11:01:38

While I tend to agree Al (Quebec City would be another possible location, along with the Kitchener/Waterloo area), first I believe someone with big bucks would need to come through with the $$$ to finance the building of a stadium that seats at least 25 - 27,000. Don't expect the Liberal/Left-minded in that part of the world to agree to fork over any tax dollars for its construction. They'd much rather have an opera house or ballet theatre.
George O'Leary, 2008-03-20 10:36:44

Ottawa is great. Ottawa needs local owners and a clean stadium. They will prosper and fix the Stadium before it falls down and use it all year with a plastic dome.
Bob, 2008-03-20 10:35:19

Heck no. The 4000 or so fans that "packed" the stadium in the past are nowhere near amount of support required for a CFL franchise. I think we all have to face it, fan or not, Ottawa just isn't a football town. Just like it isn't a baseball town. We're a 1 sport town right now and I can only speak for myself when I say I'm happy with that. Go Sens!
evilJaze, 2008-03-20 10:27:33

No, I disagree. I think Ottawa AND Halifax should both have teams. I supported The Renegades when we had them as well as the Roughrider team previous to that. Since we lost Ottawa, I have absolutely no interest in the CFL. I say we try to get Ottawa back a third time and if it doesn't work this time It will never work ever ever again and the league should fold and if anything, Join the NFL with one Canadian Team. This country outside hockey/winter sports is lame. What is the problem? Why Can't Ottawa keep a team is what i don't understand. and most definitely Halifax/eastern Canada should have a team. I feel the maritimes are completely left out of things sometimes including this league. At least, give them a chance and if they don't support a team, again, let the league fold cause it's lame right now as it is with 8/9teams.
gerry madden, 2008-03-20 10:24:58

No, Ottawa doesn't deserve another team. They've had their chances, now it's time to give someone else a chance. How about Halifax?
Al, 2008-03-20 09:59:21

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