Bombers got richer in '08

PAUL FRIESEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:00 PM ET

Last season may have been a mess on the field, but it was a good one for the bank account of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Bomber president/CEO Lyle Bauer announced today the club turned a profit of $761,000 in 2008. That's compared to a loss of $263,000 in the previous year.

The reasons for the $1-million turnaround: increases in league revenue, local corporate sponsorship and season ticket revenue.

The Bombers also made more than $240,000 by hosting the CFL East semifinal, a game they lost to Edmonton to finish a disappointing 8-11, overall.

The result led to the firing of head coach Doug Berry, who started the season by signing a three-year contract extension.

The Bombers remain on the hook for a good portion of Berry's contract, which means they'll be, in effect, paying two head coaches -- Berry and Mike Kelly -- this year.


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