Ottawa owner groups emerge

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

There is no shortage of interest in trying to resurrect football in the Ottawa market.

In fact, nearly 10 different potential ownership groups have stepped forward and talked with the Canadian Football League, according to commissioner Tom Wright.

"We will be sitting down in the next several weeks and going over our parameters," said Wright, who was at Commonwealth Stadium last night. "But again, we will only go back to Ottawa if the right ownership group has the right commitment and the right business plan."

Wright, who will update Eskimos president Rick LeLacheur today on the Ottawa situation, remains rather upbeat on the prospect of announcing a new franchise owner in the nation's capital before the Grey Cup game in Winnipeg.

"I am really hopeful we will be able to find the right ownership for the Ottawa franchise because they deserve it," said Wright, who pulled the plug on Lonnie Glieberman's reign and suspended the Renegades' operations in early April.

To help with the Ottawa search, the league has formed a committee that includes team owners Ted Hellard (Calgary), Bob Young (Hamilton) and Howard Sokolowski (Toronto).

SCHEDULE SHUFFLE: The Edmonton Eskimos asked the CFL head office to avoid scheduling a home game on the same week of the Grand Prix of Edmonton and the opening of Capital Ex, but were forced to play host to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last night.

"It came down to this being the only option to make the schedule work," said Le- Lacheur.

Ironically, when the original schedule was released in January before the Renegades folded, the Eskimos were not at home this week.

FINISH LINES: As expected, DE Chuck Alston, SB Mookie Mitchell, DB Roosevelt Williams and OL Raleigh Roundtree were placed on the four-man taxi squad one-hour before game time last night.


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