OK- maybe they have the right owner in sight ,but the problem is that this season IN OTTAWA is a lost cause to attract ticket buyers so late in the game so that any new owner who wants to build the franchise back in Ottawa doesn't want the financial risks THIS LATE FOR THIS YEAR,but rather needs a whole season of proper marketing to prepare to operate successfully next year...IN THAT CASE,the CFL either suspends the club for 1 year (Dispersal draft this season/re-entry draft next season) = IMO,a disaster --the team MUST PLAY GAMES this season to stay in the Ottawa sports public's mind or else next year will be looked at as another expansion club from scratch and that would be DOOM again (they won't buy tickets next year in that case)....OR:
The "HOME AWAY FROM HOME" solution for 1 year...eg. GADES propped by other 8 CFL teams but play "HOME GAMES" in those teams' stadiums to reduce league losses in carrying the Gades for 1 year till new owners are fully ready to operate..the theory being that those 8 teams' fans will buy tickets for that extra game in their own home stadium vs. the Gades because:
- They love their own teams and will support them..
- They will support the League in righting the Ottawa ship this way,because these fans love CFL football and want the league and football in Ottawa to succeed long-term..
I'm guessing players would still be based in Ottawa,and use their practice facilities --so the only reason the games won't be at Landsdowne park in Ottawa is based on the marketing of tickets for the season--the CFL would expect a higher REvenue from more tickets sold for te Ottawa "home games" if they were played in the other 8 teams' stadiums during this 1 year crisis...
IMO--this "stop-gap" solution COULD SUCCEED:
GADES still wriiten about and talked about all year in the Ottawa Sports media =remain in fans consciousness..
IMAGINE if this is a motivating factor for the team to "pull together" and they overachieve expectations and win more than anyone thought?
IMAGINE if tey pulled off a miracle and went into the playoffs? THEN the CFL could move a home playoff game back to Lansdowne Park if need be?
Since that might only be 1 or 2 games --Ottawa fans wouls supoorttheir winning team for those playoff games indroves=sell-outs and it would
ensure interest in season ticket buying for next year?
Longshot fantasy=yes==but stranfger things have happened=THIS IS THE CFL!
Team still based in Ottawa--still can do community appearances,still can go out to QB clubs in the sports bars
Ottawa fans would understand the need to play home games AWAY this season,if that helps the new owners lay the proper froundwork for next...
IMAGINE Ottawa fans get to watch 9 extra games on t.v. FOR FREE!
Ottawa would have maybe 16 games of 18 at least on the free tube for fans to follow their Gades...that extra t.v. "exposure" can help the marketing awareness of the team for the following year back in Ottawa...
Allows Gades not to miss this CFLCanadian Draft--total suspension for a year and no draft puts the team in a worse position for the following year back in Otttawa...but playing games this year (albeit all on the road) and
being allowed to draft --helps enormously (because ita a deep draft this year) ==either in picking up desperately needed Canadians for this season--or for acquiring them to help next year (eg. drafting NCAA guys with 1 more year left in school).Missin an entire draft puts them more behind the 8-ball again next season..so THE GADES MUST PLAY!
IMAGINE if the GADES went all the way to the Grey Cup and won it?
All except possibly some playoff games on the road! Why such a sports feat would be one for the ages and would draw media attention and publicity for the CFL even in the US media!
We would get to see John Jenkins and his vaunted "run & shoot" offense PLUS his even more sensational speedy gems he's promised from his
GREAT recruiting (he's been telling us he's never seen such an acumulation of talent--of course we don't know who they are yet because names --except for a few-have not been released pending fixing the ownership issues).
FOR ALL THE ABOVE REASONS-IF the problem is just TIME--that new owners cannot see anything but red ink if they have to play in Ottawa this year--but can salvage the future with a "Lead time" of marketing for next season and beyond,THEN the CFL SHOULD use the "HOME AWAY FROM HOME" solution as the stop-gap for the current "situation".
IT COULD WORK!