Latest Ottawa CFL bid still on?

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:05 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Bill Palmer says he has not withdrawn his interest in a CFL franchise for the nation's capital.

Palmer, the frontman for a group of American/Canadian businessmen bidding to put a team in Ottawa, denied a story in yesterday's Sun that said the consortium had walked away from talks with the league, primarily because of its objection to a $5 million franchise fee.

Indeed, he believes he's still very much in the game.

"We continue to have very positive and productive negotiations, and they are ongoing," Palmer said yesterday from Indianapolis in a conversation limited by his vow to abide by a "confidentiality agreement" with the CFL.

"If our group decided we didn't want to participate any longer in this process, we would issue a statement.

"We would not keep everyone in the dark."

Palmer is the father of quarterback and Bachelor star Jesse Palmer.


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