'Rough Riders' returning?

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

MONTREAL -- The group trying to bring a CFL team back to Ottawa says it has reached a deal with former Rough Riders owner Horn Chen for the name and logo.

The purchase price, it's believed, is a cool $100,000.

"It's not untrue ... should we choose to use the Rough Rider name, we have an arrangement with him to use it," consortium frontman and 67's owner Jeff Hunt confirmed before the Grey Cup kickoff. "But the issue of a name for the team is not really at the top of our things-to-do list."

Hunt would not comment on the price tag that was revealed to Sun Media by a source close to negotiations.

"It's confidential," said Hunt.

The Ottawa group, which includes businessmen Roger Greenberg, Bill Shenkman and John Ruddy, must first meet a March deadline of removing the word "conditional" from the franchise it was granted earlier this year.

To do that, it needs to reach a deal with city officials on a redevelopment and lease for Lansdowne Park.

Hunt, Ruddy and Greenberg met with the CFL board of governors here Saturday to let them know where those negotiations sit and to express their confidence in plans coming to fruition.

If they do get the franchise, the name game will be a sensitive one.

As Sun Media's Earl McRae wrote in the Sunday Sun, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are adamantly opposed to sharing the moniker again, even though the names are spelled differently.

"Right now, it's not a major issue," Hunt said of declaring a name.


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