Is Cracker-Cats owner in picture?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

Is Dan Orlich about to take another crack at owning a CFL team?

It's an intriguing question - but there is no clear answer at the moment.

Orlich - the current owner of the Edmonton Cracker-Cats of the independent Northern League of baseball - once had an interest in buying the Ottawa franchise.

The Florida real-estate developer has also inquired about buying the Calgary Stampeders and the B.C. Lions in the past.

But Orlich wasn't available for comment to the Sun yesterday.

And his Cracker-Cats management team is unaware of any possible interest.

"We're focusing on baseball, as opening day is eight weeks away," said Dale Roy, a Cracker-Cats executive. "You will have to talk with Mr. Orlich (about possible interest in the Renegades)."

There is speculation that the baseball entrepreneur isn't interested in buying into the CFL right now because of the possibility of incurring major debt in Ottawa in the first season.

There have been media reports suggesting the Renegades could lose $4-6 million this year.

On top of that, the team can't sell season tickets while it hangs in limbo and could be dismal on the field if it does survive.

But there is also a train of thought suggesting Orlich might be purposefully dodging media calls because he's quietly pursuing the club, and possibly making an effort to stay off the radar screen.


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