CCA reportedly at a loss

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

It is time to clear up the money mess in front of the CCA house.

On the heels of reports by the Sweep! website that the CCA will report a loss of up to $1 million on the past season, the association has reportedly accelerated the retirement date of the man ultimately responsible, CEO Dave Parkes. The Winnipegger, who was due to officially retire in January 2008, will now be done tomorrow (but will apparently still be paid for another year).

"We'll see what it is when the final numbers come in but I've heard they're not rosy," MCA executive director Ian Staniloff said yesterday. "From the view of the member associations, it is a cause for concern when we are that far in the hole -- if that is the case. So, we have to move forward so that this doesn't happen in the future.

"I am not worried that the CCA is going to collapse but it is a bit of a concern that it could become insurmountable. But the CCA does have assets -- it owns the building they are in (Ottawa)."

The MCA, by the way, is pretty sound financially, he added.

Staniloff, who will attend the CCA AGM in Gatineau, Que., where the finances will be discussed next month, does not plan to apply to replace Parkes but would be willing to talk if the search committee approaches him.

The CCA's hefty loss reportedly includes a $300,000 payout to the CBC, part of a disastrous agreement with the TV network that Parkes had negotiated.

BITER -- Rob Meakin will apparently reunite with Assiniboine Memorial's Kerry Burtnyk next season, replacing lead Cory Naharnie.


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