Bombers losses no secret

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

The deficit will deepen.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are expected to announce a loss of about $300,000 on its 2005 CFL season when the community-owned football club reveals its official bottom line today. That would drop the overall deficit to about $500,000 as the club started the year just $200,000 short of breaking even.

"There's probably no surprises there," Bombers president/CEO Lyle Bauer said yesterday. "We'll lose money from last year but that's no secret."

SKED CHANGES: The Bombers were forced to make a change to their home schedule, thanks to the changes in the TV schedules brought about by the Ottawa Renegades' demise. Winnipeg's June 30th home date has been moved to July 1 at 6 p.m.

"There were some contract issues as far as the schedule was concerned for our TV games," Bauer explained. "And there were some problems with stadium availability and ours was the only option."

CANADA DAY

But the switch will not cut into the heart of the Canada Day long weekend.

"Canada Day has been very good to us in the past as we have had sellouts on Canada Day before," Bauer said. "Not everyone goes to the lake on the long weekend and this could fit in nicely with other celebrations that weekend. And with a six o'clock start, it will be over in time for the fireworks."

The Bombers also made a minor change to their June 10th match versus the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Banjo Bowl will now begin at 2 p.m., not 1 p.m.

HASHMARKS: Import LB Kyries Hebert, who officially becomes a free agent when and if he clears CFL waivers tomorrow, is not the only former Ottawa Renegade that has drawn Winnipeg's interest. The Bombers plan to contact both import LB Donnavan Carter and non-import DB Dave Donaldson, a former Bomber, as soon as they are free of their Ottawa pacts ... Turns out that, contrary to what Roughriders head coach Danny Barrett had suggested to the Regina Leader-Post last week, that the CFL is maintaining the crossover playoff format after all ... Oops: Last week, we referred to Ottawa DB Crance Clemons as Clarence, not Crance.


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