Expect Ticats to stay

KEVIN CONNOR and CHRIS DOUCETTE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:32 AM ET

TORONTO -- The Tiger-Cats extended an olive branch to Hamilton city council Monday, offering to work together to find a location to secure a Pan Am stadium and a future home for the Ticats.

The club and the city were at odds over a location and the Ticats threatened to move to another city.

In a letter to Mayor Fred Eisenberger, team owner Bob Young said he was committed to working with the city to create a new stadium.

"Bob, while the site of the future Pan Am stadium has been in doubt, our mutual commitment to Hamilton and this fantastic project has never been in doubt," Eisenberger wrote in response to Young's letter.

"Reiterating at this critical juncture your commitment to the Pan Am stadium and the important legacy it presents to our city is most welcome and timely. It is a statesman-like gesture that is most appreciated," the mayor wrote. "I look forward to working with you toward the conclusion of an agreement that is beneficial to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the people of Hamilton."

Meanwhile, Oshawa City Council turfed the idea of trying to bring the disgruntled Hamilton Tiger-Cats to the 'Shwa.

After more than two hours of heated debate at City Hall on Monday morning, before the news broke of a possible deal in Steeltown, councillors punted a motion put forward by one of their own regarding the CFL team.

"We can't bring forward another albatross to put around the necks of taxpayers in Oshawa," Councillor Nester Pidwerbecki said.

Bill Steele, an aspiring councillor who takes credit for coming up with the idea of moving the Ticats to Oshawa, said he is "disappointed" in council's "fear-mongering."

He's convinced enough money could have been found to support the Ticats through the private sector and it wouldn't have cost taxpayers a dime.


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