CFL in Ottawa on hold

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

The CFL is once again left looking for someone to own and operate a team in Ottawa. And Jeff Hunt is still interested in becoming part of the equation.

The league sent out a release yesterday saying negotiations with the U.S.-based consortium fronted by Bill Palmer have ended.

There's speculation Palmer's group wanted to take over control of Lansdowne Park and the city refused to give up its holding on the historical landmark.

"Several parties have recently expressed strong interest regarding a franchise for Ottawa, and we have decided to concentrate our efforts on new opportunities," said CFL commissioner Mark Cohon.

Hunt was poised to become president and operator of a franchise in a partnership with a Toronto-based financial company last year, but the company withdrew its interest when its moneyman took ill.

"I think that as long as the Palmer bid was on the table, the CFL was focused on that as a solution for a franchise in Ottawa," Hunt said yesterday. "Officially, I'm not part of any new effort, but you never know what's down the road. I'm still very interested, and I think a CFL team would be a good fit for myself to be a part of it."


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