E-mail Eric Tillman******

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In only a matter of time, the CFL and the rest of the league will stick a fork into Lonie Glieberman.

The tidal wave of change has already swept through the front office on Bank St., with Phil Kershaw taking over operations temporarily while Bernie Glieberman finds somebody else to run the show.

The first thing the Renegades need to do to get the club back on track is convince Eric Tillman to lead the football side.

For that to happen, John Lisowski needs to be out of the organization.

The team is doomed as long as the former CEO, who has supposedly taken a diminished role with the club, continues to whisper advice into the owner's ear.

Lisowski, if you don't know, is the accountant hired by former owner Randy Gillies following the second season of the franchise.

He proceeded to chop the heart and soul out of the organization, most notably Tillman, who had developed a solid reputation as GM and as a tremendous spokesman for the club.


When Tillman balked at Lisowski's demands for cuts to the football budget, the man who gained the nickname Johnny Trump moved to take him out.

Tillman ended up getting Lisowski's boot and it's been downhill since for the team.

Joe Paopao took over and couldn't juggle the duties of both GM and coach. His assistant coaches became increasingly frustrated and a deep schism and mistrust developed between football operations and administration.

The ramifications trickled right down into the locker room, where players couldn't ignore the gong show taking place all around them.

And it affected their performance on the field.

Bernie Glieberman should do the team and himself a favour by hiring a person who understands the business -- but more importantly understands the importance of people.

The return of Tillman on the football side would bring the franchise an instant boost in credibility, something the club desperately needs.

Through that Mississippi drawl, he speaks eloquently and passionately about the CFL.

He knows the league and has an extensive list of football contacts across North America.


The bonus is that he and new coach John Jenkins are friends, so there wouldn't be an issue of the coach not being one of the GM's guys.

After moving Lisowski out and getting the proper staff in place to run the show, the first matter of business would be an improvement in customer relations.

It seems like a basic principle of business, but one that every director of the franchise has forgotten.

Lonie Glieberman insisted when he returned in his second stint that things would be different, but he didn't listen to fans.

His heart was in the right place, but he stubbornly went ahead with last year's Mardi Gras promotion, even after the Renegades became the laughingstock of the CFL.

The members of Renegades Nation want to be proud of the franchise, not embarrassed by it.

Even buying a ticket, the cornerstone of any successful sports operation, has become a test of anybody's patience.

Call the Renegades office, and you get an automated response from an answering machine, not a friendly, human voice eager to take your order and thank you for supporting the team.

The office is staffed by one person -- yes, one -- to sell the majority of the 28,000 seats at Frank Clair. The Lynx, for crying out loud, have a larger ticket staff.

The biggest complaint from fans is the time they have to wait for a response from a Renegades staff member.

Lonie Glieberman has continually said in the past that this is unacceptable.

If it is, then do something about it and treat your fans with respect.

And speaking about respect -- what about the city's francophone market? The team does little to sell itself to French fans on the Ontario side of the Ottawa River.

In Quebec, it's even worse. Football fans in Gatineau support the Alouettes instead of the Renegades, and who can blame them, when the team does so little to make francophones feel welcome?

A friend who knows the sports marketing business once said a CFL owner should ask himself only two questions at the end of each year:

Did I win the Grey Cup?

Am I making money?

If Glieberman or any other owner of this franchise invests in passionate staffers who truly understand the business -- instead of those interested in their own power agendas -- the answers could be yes sooner rather than never.

And that could save the CFL here in Ottawa.

I find it hard to believe that the french people in Hull go to Montreal to watch the games in droves.

...especially when there are only 20K seats....lol

maybe thier idea of 'droves' is one car full..haha

what a great article. I think everyone agrees Tillman equals instant credibility with everyone (fans, media, everyone). I only wonder where this team would be right now if he hadnt left.

...probably wouldn't have lost any of thier free agents, and maybe signed some from other teams.

Yes, great article for sure. They can't run the organization on the cheap with one person in the ticket office for pete sake. What are they thinking? Oh man, what a mess.

here is Tillman's e-mail address....write him and beg him to join the Gades.


...you're right on drum.....if anyone can turn the Rens fortunes its Tilman.....great insight and his heart has always been in the CFL....to COACH OR MANAGE....he's the guy... :wink:

tilliman for Doug Filltie coud lead the Gades, any more news on DF?

........why email tillman?........it's not like he's going to pick up the phone to Gleib and say "say, all these guys are emailing me to take over the club, so make way for me now, I'm comining to ottawa'.......email bernie if you're gonna get anything changed....

do u know bernies e-mail, cuz i don't....

i'd rather e-mail tillman, whose e-mail i do have, then sit and do nothing.

Just the other day I read in an article how Eric is not interested in coming back as GM. As he respects the current staff, Gregg and co.. I hope this is only for public consumption for face purpose only and in the background, let's hope there are behind the scene negotiations to bring him back.
Like I mentioned previously, Kershaw, Mark Kosmos, Tillman, possibly Russ Jackson and Soupy Campbell are needed.

Tillman would be a great choice, but i'm still pissed off that he traded away John Grace

I'm not :smiley:

........me either!!....... :smiley:

i'm sure you guys wouldn't be, man he is great

Is he ever…now does anyone remember what Ottawa got in return for him?

.......when no one remembers who was on the other end of the trade....whoops....I would say they got stiffed.....though ...at the time I don;t think Grace had come into his own yet... :arrow:

Eric Tillman is a class act. WE need him

Whoever it was (no, I can't remember either), I don't miss him enough to wish we hadn't picked up Grace! When we got Grace, I remember thinking, "wow, this could turn out really well, even if he is a relative new-comer to the League". Correct me if I'm wrong, but that wasn't a Dunigan trade, was it? Because if it was, then at least he did SOMETHING right ...