Urban's jungle

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:15 AM ET

They were supposed to be called the Edmonton Speed -- right up until the time they ran into a brick wall.

A National Lacrosse League board of governors meeting yesterday that was supposed to be the final step in bringing a franchise to Edmonton yielded an unexpected roadblock instead.

The governors told Alberta businessman Bruce Urban they couldn't approve his proposal in its current form and said he'll have to come back with a lot more information before any deal can be done.

"I don't think there's a setback," Urban said in a brief cellphone interview yesterday.

"It's nothing to do with us, just more being swamped at the legal offices.

"The lawyers are getting the final documents rubber- stamped. They'll be on the phone to us in the morning."

Urban cut his phone interview short after two questions and said to call him back in 30 minutes.

Thirty minutes later, and for the rest of the evening, there was no answer.

Meanwhile, at the NLL office, commissioner Jim Jennings told the Sun that Urban hasn't provided enough detail.

"He still has to get some more information to us in terms of the structure of the deal," said Jennings.

"The application is still pending. There's no timeline on it. If he gets it to us quick we'll look at it. There needs to be a resolution in front of the board."

He wouldn't say what needs to be resolved, or that the plan to bring professional lacrosse to Edmonton is dead, only that Urban's proposal can't be given a green light as it stands.

"This is not uncommon. Sometimes applications are presented to the board and you need more information," said Jennings, adding the Edmonton group may have jumped the gun a little bit.

"Everybody is so hot on this because (Urban) has been out in the media with it."

Later in the day, Jennings issued a terse two-sentence statement.

"Application and proposed transaction for a National Lacrosse League franchise in Edmonton, Alberta, remains under the review of the NLL board of governors. The league has no further comment at this time."


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