New rivalry on horizon

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

The Battle of Alberta may soon be welcoming a couple of new members to the club.

Calgary businessman Bruce Urban has submitted a bid to the National Lacrosse League for an expansion team in Edmonton.

The new club would create an instant rival for the defending champion Calgary Roughnecks.

The 36-year-old Urban, who failed in a bid to buy the Stampeders from Michael Feterik earlier this year, is the president of Western RV Country, which has six stores in Alberta.

"When the Stampeder thing didn't go forward, I started looking at lacrosse," said Urban. "I saw a few games and loved it and thought there should be a team in Edmonton. I called the commissioner and told him I was interested and we went from there."

The league confirmed last night it has received a proposal to put a club in Edmonton and it's currently going through the review process, although they wouldn't say whom the bid was from.

Urban would own the majority stake while Craig Anstead, GM of Urban's Edmonton-area stores, would own 10-15% and serve as the managing partner.

Urban admits he's a neophyte when it comes to lacrosse and the NLL.

"I don't know a lot about the sport, I admit that," said Urban. "But I can't wait to learn. These guys are amazing. They don't play for a lot of money and put it all on the line. That really impressed me."

The plan is for the Edmonton club to hit the carpet next season, said Urban, who added they're looking to play a four-game season series against the Riggers.

"I'm really excited," said Urban. "This is going to be another true Battle of Alberta. I can't wait."

Roughnecks majority owner and president Brad Banister wouldn't comment on Urban's bid said he would welcome a club in the provincial capital.

"If there's a team in Edmonton, it would be fantastic for our sport in Alberta," said Banister. "It would help us financially and competitively. It would be a hell of a rivalry."


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