Watters stays Rock solid

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:03 AM ET

Brad Watters is leaving his post as president of the CFL's Ottawa Renegades to help start a consulting company in Toronto.

Watters, however, said yesterday he will remain president of the National Lacrosse League's Toronto Rock after the AWB Strategic Branding company is off the ground.

"My role with the Renegades will be changing," said Watters, whose new company will handle some marketing duties for the Renegades.

"(But) this won't affect (the Rock)."

Watters, who is on a family vacation in Florida, is expected to step down as Renegades president when his new venture is officially unveiled within the next few weeks.

Watters, however, is expected to retain his shares in the Renegades.

Joining Watters in the AWB foray are Jordan Bitove, brother of former Raptors owner John Bitove, and Geoff Arnoldi.

"We're not going to narrow ourselves to just doing sports (consulting)," Watters, son of ex-Maple Leafs assistant general manager Bill Watters, said. "We'll have other clients."

One potential client is the 2006 world field lacrosse championship in London, Ont. Watters' group is negotiating to help run that event.

"This is something I've wanted to do for a while," Watters said of AWB.

While the Renegades ownership situation is muddled, Watters said nothing is changing in the Rock ownership structure.

Several members of the Renegades group also have financial stakes in the Rock.

"There are no issues with (the Rock)," Watters said. "Everything is fine."


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