NLL likely to give nod to Edmonton

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:07 AM ET

The National Lacrosse League today is expected to accept Edmonton as its third Canadian entry.

The NLL board of governors will hold a conference call to vote on a bid from a group headed by Calgary businessman Bruce Urban to buy the mothballed Ottawa Rebel franchise and move it to Edmonton.

Several league sources said the purchase, with a price-tag of about $2 million, should be approved. An announcement could be made in Edmonton as soon as Thursday.

"Commissioner Jim Jennings has told me there should be no problem getting this through," Urban told Sun Media last week.

"He told me the league is excited about the idea of having Edmonton on board."

Urban would own the majority stake in the new club while Craig Anstead, the general manager of Urban's Edmonton-area Western RV Country stores, would own a 10-15% stake in the club and serve as managing partner.

Several Edmonton groups have expressed interest in owning NLL franchises during the past few years. Edmonton was close to acquiring the Washington Power before that franchise moved to Denver and became the Colorado Mammoth.

Edmonton, if approved, would become the seventh Canadian city to give the 10-team NLL a try. Hamilton, Ottawa, Vancouver and Montreal all had stints in the league.

The Toronto Rock and the Calgary Roughnecks are the remaining Canadian teams.

The Rock plays host to the Arizona Sting in the NLL final next Saturday at the Air Canada Centre.

Portland, which is expected to acquire the Anaheim Storm, New York and Hartford also could have NLL teams next season.


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