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CFL FRANCHISE UPDATE: OTTAWA, THE POSSE & EXPANSION
Published January 13, 1995
Ottawa Rough Riders President Phil Kershaw announced yesterday that he has been negotiating for "about two weeks" with an out-of-town investor to buy the team from Bruce Firestone. Kershaw who currently does not own a piece of the team, is likely to acquire a minority stake if the team is sold to this investor (Don Campbell, OTTAWA CITIZEN, 1/13). THE L.A. POSSE? Businessman Phil Johnson is "100 percent certain" that he is on the verge of becoming the first black owner in the history of pro football. Johnson is leading a group that has agreed to terms to acquire and operate the Posse and move the team to L.A. According to Johnson, it is just a matter of the CFL Board of Governors approving the sale (Marty York, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 1/13). BIRMINGHAM: The CFL confirmed that it has received a formal application for an expansion franchise to be based in Birmingham from retired insurance exec Arthur Williams. Williams has named Larry Lemak, a local orthopedic surgeon, president and part owner of the potential franchise (CFL).