Doer: Fans will decide future of Bombers

ROCHELLE SQUIRES -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:22 AM ET

Premier Gary Doer is in favour of the public retaining ownership of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

"Today the public supports public ownership and so do I," Doer said yesterday.

The premier was reacting to news leaked to the media last week that local businessman David Asper, and possibly two other stakeholders, were proposing to buy a stake in the team.

Asper had sent a proposal to Mayor Sam Katz and the premier in May.

Ultimately, the province does not get to decide if the ownership of the team shifts, Doer said.

"I believe the fans will decide the future of the football team," he said. "That decision will ultimately be by the community but right now I believe there's strong support for the existing community-ownership structure. Is that going to change? I can't predict."

He also said further discussions should wait until after the Grey Cup.

"Eight weeks away from the Grey Cup, I think the public is saying to us 'we won the Banjo Bowl, let's get on and beat Calgary instead of talking about ... nobody knows what a stakeholders agreement is," said Doer.

The community currently owns the team through a board of directors.

Manitobans would likely have a say on the future if the team is ever put on the market.

The Bombers are one of three community-owned teams in the CFL and have been that way since their inception in 1930.


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