Rather chilling news that any remaining hurdles are now with the city and negotiating the stadium deal or lack thereof a deal.
Had to be a huge factor in previous years business losses,
-paying too steep a price for a game by game lease that strangled the team's finances, week in and week out.
the lack of concessions income was another huge hit for the club and likely still to be a factor unless the Aramark deal drops dead.
No team store for fans and the lack of gear for those who may actually want to support a football team.
No off season site to hold organized team activites due to the soccer guys and the dome which holds dictatorial control of the place from December through May. Imagine your O-linemen being chased away from working out by soccer geeks, that would have to build some great team morale.
Unless there is some major drive within the city officials to revamp in a major way all these unbelievable obstacles with the park/stadium regarding controlling expenses and key term here "profitability" chances you'll have a very tough time getting anything successful happening.
If you are getting fleeced with your stadium costs and you have to win over a highly disgruntled fan base with no real guarantee anyone would actually come leaping back to welcome the CFL with open arms and loving embraces, it will be a tough act to pull off.
While we hope the Ottawa city officials have some tiny glimmer of intelligence to get a working deal going, we tend to be a bit skeptical...
And that is a shame, not so much for the league but for all, well any remaining fans that still might actually be there.
At least all the great open communication coming from league sources and the new potential ownership group is comforting and is keeping the local market alive.