Get a good stadium OR ATLEAST a good stadium deal in ottawa.
if the city is asking a CFL team for any more then 1.5M a year they are trying to rip off a CFL team to use an old, out of shape facility.
Edmonton pays under 1.6M
Winnipeg Pays 1.3M
Now how Ottawa could pay the most, in the league which they did in 2005 for Stadium occupancy/Rent for one of the worst stadiums doesn't make any sense at all.(I'm thinking over 2M maybe near 3M) and if they are to pay that much you would expect it would be for a top of the line state of the art facility with tons of luxury boxes(which it is not)
If a team is to return to Ottawa their stadium fees must be low(1M)
I'd very much suggest that the City of Ottawa look at building a new stadium, sell the land frank Clair is on for 30-40M, take the 20-30M it would take to upgrade Frank Clair(to be satisfactory) and build a 30K Seats stadium with 50+ boxes(not included in the 30K seats) which should cost under 100M.
Take that initial 50-70M and split the remaining costs between the feds/prov/private.
Give the private group a 10 year Lease at around 750K-1M a year.(maybe rising by 50K a year)
Include in the building of the stadium things like a quality ticket office, Team Retail area and so on.
Sell out the Boxes for 1.5K per(alot less then Sens Boxes)
Sell Season ticket packages for 200$ average(20$ per game average)
Selling out would mean:
750K+ from boxes
~6M from tickets(providing sell-outs which are unlikely but tickets are cheap)
Team would make 6.75M from tickets, with naming rights, 1.8M+ from the league, Sponsorship of atleast 2.5M, concessions of atleast .8M the team should be fine.