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Wednesday, May 3, 2017


TORONTO - Duane Forde is interested in the CFL commissioner's job.

The veteran TSN football commentator said Tuesday during a conference call that he'd be open to discussing the position after the CFL draft Sunday. Last month, commissioner Jeffrey Orridge announced that he and the league had agreed to part ways effective June 30.

Orridge, the former executive director of CBC Sports, became the CFL's 13th commissioner in March 2015. Shortly after the announcement, Forde's name was mentioned as a potential successor.

"To be honest it's something I would be interested in,'' Forde said during the CFL draft conference call. "I'm not going to spend much time on this call certainly talking about it.

"But maybe once we survive draft week that, yeah, it's something that I would be interested in discussing.''

Orridge succeeded Mark Cohon, who'd served eight years as commissioner. When he took the job, Orridge became the first black commissioner of a significant North American professional sports league.

In February, the former USA Basketball and Right to Play executive received the African Canadian Achievement Award of Excellence for his accomplishments.

Forde, 47, has been with TSN since 2008, often serving as a commentator on football broadcasts with play-by-play announcer Rod Black. Forde is also a highly regarded Canadian college draft expert and since 2010 has run a national combine.

In 2012, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers courted Forde about becoming their assistant general manager. The job went to Kyle Walters, who's now the CFL club's full-time GM.

Forde was a fullback in the CFL for 12 seasons, playing for the Calgary Stampeders (1991-92, 1996-2000), Bombers (1993), Toronto Argonauts (1994-95), and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2001-02). He appeared in five Grey Cup games, winning twice with the Stamps (1992, '98).

Forde also served as a Stampeders team captain for four years and appeared in 150 straight games - regular season and playoffs - over an eight-year span of his career.

Forde played football collegiately at Western Ontario (1987-90), winning a Vanier Cup in 1989 when he was a team co-captain. Forde was named the Mustangs' most valuable player on two occasions.

(Canadian Press)


Anonymous said...

Yeh, he'd probably be okay.
I'll never understand how he got into broadcasting because you really have to labor to hear his monotone dialogue, but if you bear down and listen, everything he says is right.
He knows his stuff, give him a rip.


Anonymous said...

He has my vote. Perhaps he can bring Glen Suitor on board with him to help run the enterprise. It would start to bring in some new blood on the TSN's CFL coverage as a bonus. Smilin' Hank would be a nice addition to the TSN panel.

Anonymous said...

This would make a very good choice. Duane knows the league and its needs. The CFL has a long lasting tradition of inconsistency that has to change and vision has to part of that. Anytime to listen to Forde, he talks about vision and the fans importance in it.

Anonymous said...

Could serve as the leagues 1 year stooge while they do a search for a real commissioner

Anonymous said...

GOD please no more offense guys on the panel... please...

Duane would be a good choice.

If it was me, I would be having each team bring 10 of their current corp sponsors and 20 new potential ones and meet with the group as commissioner personally. Time for the CFL to really push corporate sponsorship and advertising.

mister winnipeg said...

Is being an ex-player and good colour commentator enough? What's his business skill set? What's his "day job"?

The last ex-player to serve in the role that I can remember was Larry Smith, and as I recall he had a number of years as a lawyer under his belt.