January 5, 2011
Roughnecks up for sale
By QMI Agency
CALGARY - The Calgary Roughnecks are for sale.
Riggers owner Brad Banister announced Wednesday afternoon that he's searching for a buyer for the National Lacrosse League club, which has made its home at the Saddledome for the past decade.
Banister will be involved for the upcoming season before, in his own words, it's "time to get a real job and time to go back to making some money again."
Although the Roughnecks' lease at the Saddledome expires at the end of this year, Banister wants to find a local buyer for the franchise. He's already contacted the Calgary Flames to let them know the two-time NLL champs are on the market.
"It's important, obviously, to the city that we keep this team in the city and that's the No. 1 focus," Banister said. "Of course it's an asset that we have to protect, as well, but realistically it's time for somebody to take it to the next level and I think there's some people out here that can probably do that."