CFL looking at Halifax for home of new franchise: TSN
Published Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:05PM AST
Last Updated Friday, November 17, 2017 7:10AM AST
Halifax is much closer to getting a Canadian Football League franchise.
TSN is reporting that the Canadian Football League's board of governors has received "a very credible” pitch from a group that includes Anthony LeBlanc, the former president and CEO of the NHL's Arizona Coyotes.
TSN says meetings have since taken place with various levels of government including an in-camera session with Halifax council this week, attended by CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie.
Along with LeBlanc, whose family is from New Brunswick and who began his business career in the province, the group includes Bruce Bowser, a Halifax native who is currently president of AMJ Campbell Van Lines, and Gary Drummond, a businessman from Regina who was president of hockey operations for the Coyotes.
A CFL spokesman confirms the league has received an expression of interest for a Halifax franchise, but says that a process and timetable for awarding a team had yet to be established.
The proposal is said to request a conditional franchise be awarded in 2018, with games to begin in 2020.
Mayor Mike Savage said in a statement that he is aware of the ongoing discussions and that a stadium in Halifax doesn’t remain a priority of the municipality.
“Any proposal would need to be private sector led and make economic sense for the municipality. While this is early stages, we are aware of a serious proposal from serious, experienced people. They have worked together to develop a real proposal,” Savage said in the statement.
A team in Halifax would be the CFL’s 10th franchise.