If CFL asks, D'Angelo likes Hunt

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:13 AM ET

If the CFL wants to reconsider its options in Ottawa, Jeff Hunt's involvement could again be just a phone call away. A phone call to Frank D'Angelo.

"Would I be a part of it with Jeff Hunt? In a flash," D'Angelo, the CEO and president of Steelback Brewery, said of a potential partnership with the 67's owner yesterday. "He's a good businessman and a true, blue good guy.

"But I'm not going to beg. The league would have to come to us first."

D'Angelo, who sponsors numerous sports teams, events and buildings, was the first in line to bring football back to Ottawa when the Renegades folded two years ago. Hunt also became keen on resurrecting the team as a frontman for Golden Gate Capital, but that bid was withdrawn when the primary financial backer took ill.

The CFL then elected to negotiate solely with a U.S.-based consortium led by Bill Palmer, but after months of discussions there are those who believe the league and the Palmer group have reached an impasse and that neither side is about to budge.

"That might be the only solution," one source said when asked about a D'Angelo-Hunt partnership. "I think the best bet for the league could now is those guys, not Bill and the boys.

"And to have a beer company own your team ... it's a marriage made in heaven."

"He's the real deal," D'Angelo said of Hunt. "If the CFL came to us and we could make a deal, I'd make a deal."

DON.BRENNAN@SUNMEDIA.CA 


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