Watters to lead '07 Cup committee

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

Brad Watters apparently can't get enough of the Grey Cup or the Canadian Football League.

Watters, who spearheaded the drive to bring the CFL back to Ottawa in 2002 after it had been dormant for six years, has has been hired by the Argonauts to be the president of the 2007 Grey Cup committee.

Watters headed the Ottawa Renegades' 2004 Grey Cup committee. The franchise's ownership splintered following the season because of financial reasons and Watters transferred his shares to his father Bill.

Watters sold his home in Ottawa and returned to Toronto to work in sports consulting while also continuing his role as president of the Rock lacrosse franchise.

"Any chance to help the Argos, who have done such a great job rebuilding this franchise, and to put the showcase on in '07, I'm very excited about it," Watters said yesterday.

"I love the CFL -- I love everything about it -- and to be involved in my hometown and to have two years to prepare for it, we're going to have a great celebration, that's for sure."

Watters said the dynamics will be very different in Toronto from the challenges he faced in Ottawa.

"For the next two years we're going to focus on throwing a first-class event," he said. "There's so many more toys to play with in the Toronto area as far as facilities and so forth. The challenge is how big we can make it and to convince the people from across Canada to come in for the weekend."

Argos president Keith Pelley said the team tapped into Watters based on last year's Grey Cup experience.

"Brad knows the community really well, knows the Grey Cup very well and he's very connected in the city," Pelley said.

"One of the pieces of advice we got over and over again was go into the Grey Cup with somebody that has been there before because you'll learn so much the second time around.

"It was a good fit."


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