A bid to bring the National Lacrosse League to Edmonton has one hurdle left to clear.
NLL commissioner Jim Jennings said yesterday the Edmonton bid, headed by Calgary businessman Bruce Urban, likely will go before the league's board of governors within a week. Jennings declined to comment on the bid's chances.
"Anything can happen in front of the board," he said. "I thought Edmonton (under a different ownership group) was a slam dunk four years ago but it went in front of the board and they turned it down."
Urban said he's confident the board's vote is merely a rubber stamping and there will be a team in Edmonton next season.
"Commissioner Jim Jennings has told me there should no problem getting this through," said the 39-year-old Urban, president of Western RV Country.
"He told me the league is excited about the idea of having Edmonton on board."
Urban will be in attendance for tonight's NLL East Division final between the Toronto Rock and Rochester Knighthawks at the Air Canada Centre where he'll meet with Rock majority owner Brad Watters and league brass.
Urban's deal is to purchase the mothballed Ottawa Rebel franchise from Watters's group for slightly less than $2 million.
Urban said he's excited about forming a new rivalry with the defending NLL champion Calgary Roughnecks, who host the Arizona Sting tomorrow night at the 'Dome (8 p.m., Ch. 30) in the West Division final.
"We'll try and bring a new meaning to the Battle of Alberta," said Urban. "Another rough-and-tumble rivalry."
Also yesterday, a league source confirmed the struggling Anaheim Storm will be moving to Portland next season.