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Ottawa On Track For 2014
THE CANADIAN PRESS
 

CFL.ca Staff

OTTAWA -- The Canadian Football League is now on course to proudly add a ninth team in the nation's capital in time for the 2014 season, Commissioner Mark Cohon announced today.

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"Today's positive City of Ottawa council vote means a beautiful new stadium and as early as 2014, a proud new franchise that will make its community proud and our league even stronger," Cohon said.
 
"This is a great day for our league and, for all of us who understand its' important place in the culture of Canada, a great day for our country."
 
By a vote of 21 to 3 this morning, Ottawa City Council decided to proceed with plans proposed by the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group to transform Frank Clair Stadium into a leading sports facility and surround it with an exciting new residential and retail complex.
 
"Our dream of a Canadian Football League franchise, which has always been the heart of this plan, is becoming a reality and we are absolutely thrilled and humbled," said Roger Greenberg of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG).

"Now it's time to accelerate the important work of not only building a landmark destination that inspires and excites our city and region, but a business organization and football team that can and will compete for the Grey Cup."
 
OSEG includes Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of The Minto Group, John Ruddy, President of Trinity Development Group, Bill Shenkman, Chairman of the Shenkman Group of Companies, John Pugh, CEO and Owner of the Ottawa Fury Soccer Club, and Jeff Hunt, Owner and Governor of the Ottawa 67s, a leading member of the OHL.
 
Now that the stadium proposal has passed every legal and political test with flying colours, the process is underway to make Ottawa a full partner in the CFL.
 
As long as stadium construction remains on schedule, Ottawa will be eligible to select four underclassmen from the NCAA, commonly known as redshirts, in the 2013 CFL Canadian Draft. The Ottawa Expansion Draft will be in December, 2013.
 
Ottawa is also scheduled to be eligible to have a representative join the CFL Board of Governors as a full voting member in January, 2014, and to fully participate in the CFL Canadian Draft in Spring, 2014.
 
"The Board of Governors and I fully appreciate what this means to our fans in Ottawa and across the country and we share their excitement," Cohon said.
 
"We have pursued expansion to Ottawa in a prudent and businesslike manner, determined to ensure we had the right owners and the proper conditions in place for success in the nation's capital, which will ultimately make all of our teams stronger. I am confident that, with today's news, we are achieving our goals."

Fan Comments
East Wind
O CFL. Great for Ottawa. Great for Ontario. Remember the Great Juggling Act of the 2014 schedule for 9 teams: a different team with a week off every week! Not so great hey? Come on CFL Bronze, get off your smart phones and show cleverness in your pretentions. True patriot love in all thy sons command. A true CFL, strong and free, includes all regions where this great game is played at grass root level. If that means the Maritimes have to follow Big City schemes to belong? Forget it. God keep our league glorious and free. It will never happen. Do you need examples of risky business? How about Saskatchewan? And how about Green Bay? That’s pushing it south but what the hey? Come on CFL, stop the rushing game and start passing the ball. We stand on guard for thee. We'll catch it, run with it and rewrite the definition for YAC yards.
October 11, 2012 - 10:42am
 
chrispyguy
I'm liking the logging theme.... made a logo sketch last year... pic.twitter.com/qPWGahJV
October 11, 2012 - 2:39am
 
als rule
ravens and riders better get it done already!! STOP THE TALKING AND KICK THE BALL ALREADY!!
October 10, 2012 - 10:32pm
 
Dekkoy
Should be exciting for sure.

Especially with Carleton U getting their own team back again next year!

Good rivalries vs Ottawa U and an interest in football in general should help fans support a CFL team here!
October 10, 2012 - 5:46pm
 
TJTHEDJ60
It was 2008 when the league first gave the city of Ottawa the rights to a CFL team if all of the requirements were meet in order to operate a team in a new or renovated stadium it has now taken this long just to get to this point and yet reports are that they have actually been scouting and recruiting personnel for the football operations of the team,and that they feel completely confident that with this approval that they can begin building by this Friday and be ready to play at the start of the 2014 season.I sure hope that this is the case now the League needs to start looking for interested parties in buying and operating a team further east to allow for a balanced league in both Divisions
October 10, 2012 - 3:44pm
 
chihuahuaman66
This is excellent news! With Winnipeg likely to be moving to the West Division, the league should at least add another expansion team in the East (preferably the Maritimes; either Moncton or Halifax). A ten-team CFL would be financially feasible & would be great for their fan base.
October 10, 2012 - 3:14pm
 
*C*F*L*
Need the ''R'' on the helmet. But liking this news.
October 10, 2012 - 2:22pm