UPON FURTHER REVIEW...
Can anyone explain why franchises can't be established in Halifax, Quebec City, St. John's, Victoria, Charlottetown and others...
Surely, there are enough talented players even the exiled criminals coming from the NFL... to stock these new teams and although Ottawa doesn't want to field a franchise... others would and from a civic standpoint would have strong support.
Natural rivalries could also be developed and the TV ratings coming into new markets would be enhanced throughout the country.
When a city has one team that is professional overtime they dominate the local sports landscape.
Canadian pride would soar while the game would be increasing its exposure with the community as well.
Just my opinion.