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Thursday, November 16, 2017

REGINA'S DRUMMOND IN ON CFL EXPANSION TEAM IN HALIFAX

Anthony Leblanc (left) and Gary Drummond appear on CKRM's Sportscage
TORONTO - The CFL said Thursday it has had talks with a group looking to secure an expansion franchise for Halifax.

TSN reported Thursday the group made a presentation to the league's board of governors several weeks ago in Toronto.

The report also identified Anthony LeBlanc, a former president and CEO of the NHL's Arizona Coyotes, as a partner in the group.

Also included in the ownership group is Regina businessman Gary Drummond, the former President of Hockey Operations with the Coyotes.

"We can confirm the CFL has had discussions with a group interested in securing a Canadian Football League franchise for the city of Halifax,'' the league said in a statement. "While this group has been professional, enthusiastic and impressive, these conversations are relatively new and a very thorough process of due diligence must be put in place and completed before we can fully assess the viability of the project.

"We want to publicly thank this group for its passion for the CFL and we thank the members of the media for their interest.''

A league official said a timetable for potentially awarding a franchise has not been established as of yet. One of the challenges for Halifax is that the city does not currently have a stadium that would be suitable for a CFL team.

A franchise in the Maritimes would certainly be a positive development for the CFL. Not only would it give the league a coast-to-coast reach but it would also allow it to form two five-team divisions.

The CFL awarded a conditional franchise to Halifax in 1982 - it was named the Atlantic Schooners - but financing for a stadium never came about. The league played regular-season games in Moncton, N.B., in 2010, 2011 and '13.

(Canadian Press)

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fake news until there's a definite ownership in place and shovels in the ground.

Anonymous said...

Great move. I really hope this works. I think Quebec City would be another spot for a team, but Atlantic Canada is the obvious next choice.

@mrt_man said...

IT WOULD BE AMAZING IF A 10TH TEAM FINALLY CAUGHT ON... GO SCHOONERS!

Anonymous said...

That would be great.

Marc said...

This would be fantastic!!!!

Anonymous said...

How can reporting on the very basics of a real event be considered fake news?

QUESTION - What is fake about that?

Anonymous said...

Before you start naming the team and planning grey cups, is the stadium fairy just gonna plop one down in the middle of Halifax? I'm sure this supposed ownership group has no intent on spending 1 dime on one.

Anonymous said...

City has come out and don't look at us in terms of ponying up the cash for a stadium. That pretty much sticks a fork in this story.

Anonymous said...

I see the bah humbugs are out a month early here . Personally I think it's fantastic that they're having the conversation. Am I confident that this thing Flys right away? Not so much but everything has to start somewhere so instead of always poo pooING every little thing we see why don't we give props to the people giving the league I love new exposure and being productive. This is great news! Thanks
Byob

CM said...

why don't they just upgrade that Moncton stadium that they played some games in? That's probably the lowest cost way to get an affordable, fast stadium solution. Atlantic Canada is not a strong area economically. No way they will pony up private and public for a $300M new stadium.

Anonymous said...

"City has come out and don't look at us in terms of ponying up the cash for a stadium."

That shows that the City has guts.......something the Regina City council did not when it unloaded the costs of the stadium onto the taxpayers.

Calgary's Mayor has guts as well.......says if you want a new stadium/hockey arena, YOU pay for it, don't count on the taxpayers (who are already overburdened with all types of taxes) to.

Anonymous said...

They can build a temporary stadium untill they figure out a plan to build a real one , simple, With scaffolding

Anonymous said...

I think there's alot of people overestimating the interest in the cfl in the Atlantic. The schooner thing was 35 years ago

Anonymous said...

Lol wow, no foresight whatsoever

Randolph Charles said...

Overestimating? I doubt it. I remember that the games in Moncton were played before full houses, albeit in a small stadium. The best thing the CFL can do is "think outside the box". Remember the Baltimore Stallions experiment? 49000 Americans attending (and enjoying) a CFL regular season game! I say this about the Argos but mostly about their fan base...screw you, if you don't support us, we will find someone who does.

Anonymous said...

There's less interest in the cfl in Halifax than there is in Toronto.

Adrian Leusink said...

Fake news? Nobody has said it's a done deal. What's being said is people are seriously looking at doing it. That's real news Donald.