Commish gets involved

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

CFL commissioner Tom Wright is working to help facilitate a sale of the Calgary Stampeders to local interests, according to a league source.

One highly placed insider said Wright's influence is being used to "encourage" Calgary buyers -- including Ted Hellard, John Forzani and Dave Sapunjis -- to strike a deal with owner Michael Feterik.

"I know we're trying to do everything we can right now," the source said of the CFL's role.

"The commissioner has every intention of trying to encourage the people in Calgary to step up to the table properly and that's ongoing.

"If you're the commissioner of the CFL, you know what's going on. You're going to do everything you can to encourage the local interests to come forward."

The source said Wright has probably been involved for "some time" and if a deal can't be struck with local buyers, U.S. investors are still willing to negotiate a purchase.

Another source said the local frontrunners were meeting yesterday in Calgary with Feterik's lawyers.

Wright and Hellard declined comment.

DALEY TO STAY: The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are expected to re-sign head coach Jim Daley to a long-term deal by the end of this week.

Daley, former defensive co-ordinator in Calgary, became Bombers interim head coach after Dave Ritchie was fired midway through the 2004 season.

Daley joined the Bombers after the former Stamps defensive co-ordinator's contract wasn't renewed following the 2003 campaign.


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