CFL commissioner Mark Cohon big on Ottawa football

CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon is a big believer that Ottawa will once again have success in the CFL....

CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon is a big believer that Ottawa will once again have success in the CFL. (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency)

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:58 PM ET

OTTAWA - Mark Cohon sat in a chair in the Ottawa city council chambers early Thursday morning, smiling, comfortable and confident.

Unlike some of major sports czars, Cohon is not smarmy or smug — he's personable and witty. He's also a big believer that Ottawa will once again have success in the CFL, that responsible local ownership will make it work. Cohon has always had a soft spot for Ottawa, dating back a long, long time.

Cohon was in Ottawa to speak at the Mayor's Breakfast Series, then took a tour of TD Place and the surrounding grounds. He flew out of Ottawa to park himself at the Toronto airport where he will be engaged in two-day discussions to get a deal in place with the CFLPA.

“(Ottawa's) a great football town,” said Cohon. “I remember I got in big trouble when I first became commissioner. I was doing my first round of interviews, radio interviews in Saskatchewan. They asked who my favourite player was. I said, 'Well I was a tight end, I loved Tony Gabriel.' And then, I thought, 'Oh my God, I'm talking to Saskatchewan. 1976. The Catch.' So it took about a year for the people of Saskatchewan to forgive me.”


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