NLL not ready for Edmonton

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:15 AM ET

The National Lacrosse League is not ready to welcome Edmonton into the fold just yet.

The NLL board of governors decided not to vote on Calgary businessman Bruce Urban's bid to buy the mothballed Ottawa Rebel franchise and move it to Edmonton yesterday, citing a need for more information.

"(Urban) still has more information to get to us in terms of the structure of the deal," NLL commissioner Jim Jennings said last night.

STILL HOPE?

"There is no timeline on it. If he gets to us quick (the NLL will re-convene its board for a possible vote). It's not uncommon for a (prospective) owner to present an application to the board and then there needs to be some more information. Everybody is so hot on this thing (because) Urban has been out in the media with it."

Jennings said Urban did not take a step backward yesterday, despite reports that the NLL was expected to accept Edmonton as its third Canadian entry.

There is speculation the team will be called the Edmonton Speed if it enters the league.

The Toronto Rock and the Calgary Roughnecks are the only Canadian teams in the 10-team NLL.

The Rock plays host to the Arizona Sting in the NLL final May 14 at the Air Canada Centre.

Meanwhile, the Rochester Knighthawks' Andrew Turner was named NLL defender of the year yesterday. The Rock's Bob Watson is one of the candidates for the goalie of the year award, which will be announced today.


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