Trio of bids still in CFL hunt

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:08 AM ET

All in, still in.

The three groups keen on bringing a CFL team back to Ottawa must have met league's requirements with their submitted documents at Monday's deadline, as all three are being led along for the next step in the process.

That would be a face-to-face, albeit informal meeting with the league's new franchise committee. It consists of Calgary Stampeders president Ted Hellard, Hamilton Ticats owner Bob Young, Toronto Argos co-owner Howard Sokolowski, and CFL commissioner Tom Wright.

When and where the meetings are held will depend on the availability of the new franchise committee members.

The three prospective ownership groups include Toronto financial services company Golden Gate Capital, an undefined partnership of Canadian food-and-beverage entrepreneur Frank D'Angelo and billionaire pharmacist Dr. Barry Sherman, and a consortium of American businessmen spearheaded by former Ottawa Rough Rider Bill Palmer.

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"I get the impression the franchise committee will be making a recommendation to the board of governors based on the meeting," said 67's owner Jeff Hunt, who would be president and part-owner of the football team should the Golden Gate Capital bid prevail. "And from there, the board of governors will take the appropriate course of action.

"I get the impression it's going to be a thorough process, and they won't go forward until they feel satisfied (the right group has been chose to go forward)."

Only the group fronted by D'Angelo is insistent upon fielding a team in 2007. The Palmer group has reportedly stated it wouldn't want its team to play ball until 2008, while the Golden Gate group is also leaning to '08, but appears to be flexible.

Whether or not one of the three is awarded a franchise depends on it receiving six of eight go-ahead votes from the board of governors.


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