SBD/July 22, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Go East, Young Man: CFL Setting Sights On Putting Franchise In Atlantic Provinces

CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon is "ready to focus on putting a franchise in Atlantic Canada," according to Rachel Brady of the GLOBE & MAIL. With the CFL’s "new TV deal signed, its 100th Grey Cup in the books, the new Ottawa franchise set to make its debut in 2014, and a bevy of new stadiums afoot, Cohon is talking to local leaders in places like Moncton and Halifax about a team that could be embraced by all of Atlantic Canada." Halifax Mayor Mike Savage recently "visited Toronto to meet with Cohon about putting a team in Halifax." Cohon on Friday said, "There is a lot of interest and encouragement from our owners and board members saying, ‘Okay Mark, you’ve got Ottawa coming back next year, how else are we going to expand and make this league stronger? Part of the national dream has been a team in the Maritimes, so start cultivating the relationships and working on it.’” Cohon said that he "foresees an Atlantic team with a home stadium in one city, but which holds some games or training camps in other cities." He added that execs of some CFL national corporate sponsors are "interested in being part of the project" (GLOBE & MAIL, 7/20).
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