'Gades close to refunding all ticket money

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

Renegades season-ticket holders still waiting for their refunds won't have to wait much longer, former team president Lonie Glieberman said yesterday.

When plans were made to return the money, about 3,000 fans who had secured a seat to watch the team play this season were divided into 12 alphabetical groups, of which the first eight have received their money back.

Cheques for those in Groups 9 and 10 will be put in the mail first thing next week, Glieberman said.

"Eighty percent of the cheques will be cut by Monday," said Glieberman. "In the next couple of weeks, all of them will be cleared up and done."

Glieberman estimated that about 170-180 account holders will still need to be satisfied following next week's issue.

He said the team is only 1-2 weeks slow on its original refund schedule, and that's because it was waiting to receive the tax money on the tickets sold back. Former owner Bernie Glieberman has decided to pay that money -- close to $150,000 -- out of his own pocket while waiting for the government to refund the PST and GST.

Meanwhile, the CFL-formed committee in charge of finding investors keen in putting a team back in Ottawa has reportedly met with multiple groups, of which at least one is said to have local ties. It's believed the committee wants to meet with all potential candidates within the next three weeks.

It's also believed that at least one group of investors, who looked at taking over the Renegades before they folded, is still interested.

The CFL's goal remains to have a team back in the capital for the 2007 season.


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