4/15/2006 10:05:11 AM
Tom Wright's days as CFL commissioner appear to be numbered.
The Globe and Mail, citing multiple CFL sources, says Wright will not be offered a contract extension when governors meet next month for their annual league meetings. Among their options are to fire Wright, ask for his resignation or simply allow his current contract to expire at the end of the 2006 season.
A year ago, CFL governors voted to give Wright a one year extension but the decision was far from unanimous.
Now, in the wake of the Ottawa Renegades crisis, the newspaper says the feeling among CFL owners is that it may be time for a change in leadership.
Wright has been at the helm of the CFL since 2003, taking over for Micheal Lysko who was fired after just 16 months on the job.
While Wright's accomplishments during his 20 month term include new, stable ownership groups in Toronto and Hamilton and getting the league to agree on a new salary cap structure, the Renegades fiasco is seen as the final nail in the coffin by owners who believe he does not have a long term vision for the future.