The Ravens may fly again. And it's a good thing for fans of the National Lacrosse League and the hometown Calgary Roughnecks.
News broke last night that a new ownership group has been granted a franchise for Vancouver if they can secure an arena lease and sell 2,500 season tickets by July 19.
The orignal NLL franchise in Vancouver -- the Ravens -- began operations as a sister expansion franchise to the Roughnecks in 2001 but financial problems led to the club suspending operations in 2004 and having a dispersal draft to liquidate the roster.
The majority of the players in the NLL come from the Lower Mainland as well as Ontario. The absense of a team in Vancouver is kind of like not having the NFL in Los Angeles -- it just doesn't make sense.
While the Roughnecks have developed strong rivalries with the Edmonton Rush and Toronto Rock -- Canada's other two NLL teams -- the Ravens were the Riggers' original nemesis and would provide local fans with another team to really 'hate'.
The downside for Calgary is the Roughnecks -- and the Rush -- have been able to harvest the West Coast since the Ravens went extinct and will now have more competition to sign talent.
But, the good outweighs the bad in this instance.