Commish tells Bernie no move to force sale

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:30 AM ET

Renegades president Lonie Glieberman has arrived in Vancouver for the Grey Cup, ready to defend his efforts of keeping the team alive in Ottawa.

He said yesterday CFL commissioner Tom Wright has told Bernie Glieberman, the Renegades owner, that no league governor has made a request to force a sale of the club.

"I'm sure there are (governors) questioning what we're doing," said Lonie. "But nobody has spoken to us about that. Anybody who has concerns with what we're doing here should sit down, call me and talk to me about what their concerns are."

The Gliebermans bought majority ownership of the club last May -- Bill Smith, one of the original owners still owns a large minority share of the team.

PAOPAO FIRED

The season ended with the firing of coach Joe Paopao -- along with the rest of the football operations staff -- and the hiring of the colourful and eccentric John Jenkins as the new field boss.

A report suggested several league governors had urged Wright to force the Gliebermans to sell, citing concerns for the future of the franchise under their control. Yesterday, Lonie said he wasn't concerned.

"We operate things differently," he said. "Right now, we're focused on getting ready for next year."

Wright is expected to speak today about the Renegades during his annual state of the league press conference.


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