Realty One

Monday, March 25, 2019


TORONTO - The CFL could prove to be a pivotal figure in the potential sale of the Montreal Alouettes.

The prevailing sentiment Sunday at the CFL combine was the existence of a scenario where the league could assume operating the Alouettes while it looks to find a new owner for the troubled franchise.

The idea isn't a new one. Former Alouettes running back Eric Lapointe, who has stated publicly he could quickly put together a local ownership group for the CFL team, suggested last week to The Canadian Press that ``it seems like'' owner Robert Wetenhall would be selling the franchise to the league.

There were reports last week the Alouettes were close to being sold. But club president Patrick Boivin denied the franchise was up for sale.

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie reiterated Sunday the league continues to work with the Alouettes for the best possible scenario for the franchise.

"What I can say is this,'' Ambrosie said. "We've had a several months-long conversation with the Wetenhall family that's focused on one thing: How do we get the Alouettes back to where everyone wants them to be?

(The Canadian Press/Dan Ralph)


3RD and 1 said...

As long as the Wetenhall Father-Son ownership is in place. I just don’t see this franchise climbing out of the basement.
The Alouettes did well in the 1st 10 years of this new Millenia. Winning the GC in 2002 then again at the cost of the Riders. In 2009 and 2010. 1st Tracy Ham, then Anthony Calvillo. Then basement and have been their ever since.
Good people were in place when the Wetenhall’s purchased the franchise. They stuck with their GM and QBs as long as they could. Which was A-ok when you had championship people in place.
Now sticking with their current and the worst GM in the CFL. Makes no sense. Kavis Reed has somehow failed all the way up to the GMs chair. He has never done well at any of his positions. In fact the 2009 win by Montreal over SK was the 13th Man. The area Kavis Reed was in charge of. He stunk as a head coach in Edmonton. Until the Alouettes get rid of a GM that trades 2 1st round draft choices and 2 top tear starting players. For an unproven QB that failed miserably. His so called Educated gambles will continue to sink that franchise.
Hell there are several GMs available that would be so much better.
Or, take the chicken shot route and sell the team to the league and let them fires Kavis Reed.
The Wetenhalls can’t even sell the team properly. Sell it to a local group of business men. Not the fricken league.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what to say. I'm a Roughriders diehard, but love the Als as my 1A team, my son is a Als diehard.

That franchise should be Saskatchewan East and the Wetenhalls kept it going in Montreal, but 20+ years is just a long time. They should sell it and then just get a fresh taste in.

When I look at their glory years they had Larry Smith who spoke french and he built the business side. Jim Popp handled the football side and they went all in with Don Mathews.

Now it's all on the cheap and Kavis Reed is the scapegoat. He makes six figures and shuts up and does what he's told. He is not the issue he's just part of a very screwed up systemic franchise and they need to fix it pronto.

But I say on their FB page - make sure you buy tickets because speaking from Saskatchewan we almost lost our franchise a few times and whatever complain but buy tickets and keep it going. It turns around.

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