Is there a saving grace for CFL here?

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

Time is running out on the Renegades, but all hope isn't lost.

It's believed the CFL is speaking with another group that could buy the club and save professional football in Ottawa.

But with a deadline of next week to make a decision on whether the team will operate in 2006, the league will work through the days ahead, including the weekend, to try to get something done. If there is no progress in the talks, the team's future in Ottawa will be in doubt.

The other league teams want to soon know if the schedule will be altered and include only eight franchises, or if the league wants to keep the schedule intact and have the Renegades play home games on the road in 2006.

MOVE TO QUEBEC CITY

Christina and Richard Saint Marche of Calgary have gone public with their plan to buy the Renegades and move the team to Quebec City for 2007.

Meanwhile, the Sun has learned that Florida land developer Glenn Straub talked about buying the Renegades and moving the team to Detroit.

A source said Straub's plan was to buy Tiger Stadium and have the Renegades play there this season before moving into a new stadium across the river in Windsor for the 2007 campaign. That plan never made its way to the league level.

Ottawa football fans can be relieved that the league -- at this point -- isn't considering any offers that don't involve keeping the team in this city.

The most serious talks broke down earlier this week when Toronto-based Golden Gate Capital withdrew its interest.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com 


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