I don't see the CFL going back to Ottawa.
I know the they have a proper ownership group in place and now they are left to battle with the city for the stadium.
I honestly believe that these groups of people get together for the wrong reasons for the CFL. Like anybody, they want it to succeed and make money.
Okay, you know it will be at least 5 years before they are competitive. Will the fans stick through it? I am not familiar with the Ottawa fan base. You can ask people now and they will tell you, oh yeah, we'll still support but when actually put in that situation, I am betting that it will end up like the Cats where attendance just keeps going down.
You don't make money in the CFL. If you do, it's not much. There are exceptions, like hosting a Grey Cup or having fans jump on the bandwagon (SSK) because their team is good.
If you have a group of investers, say 5, they are putting up their own money to start the team from the ground up. It's going to take you years before you even break even in a season. How long do you think it will take for a team to start making these people money to go towards the initial investment.
Bob Young, knew he was going to take a bath with the Cats. Cinamin and Sokolowski got lucky and won a Grey Cup in their first year, then hosted one 3 years later.
I will make a prediction. If Ottawa is granted a franchise, within 5 years, the ownership group will be looking to sell and they will find some sucker who thinks he can make money with it.
YOU DON'T MAKE MUCH MONEY ON THE CFL! Owning a part of the CFL is more to be a part of it. Yes EDM, MTL, CGY, SSK and BC make money, but in reality, how much money do they really make?
I have never been to Ottawa but they have lost franchises twice. The fan support may be there but IMHO there was not enough to make people money.
Honestly, a new franchise coming in should start with a 20,000 seat stadium, like Montreal, and create a buzz about the team. You can't create a buzz when there are 5,000 tickets still available for the game.
Look at London with the Knights. They have a 10,000 seat arena, sold out every nite, sure they are playing well, but there is a buzz because you are looked upon highly if you have tickets. Same with Kitchener. It's all about supply and demand.
That's my 2 cents!