If the reason the team failed is because of the nickname (the colours were still black and red), then Ottawa's fans are way too fickle.
But that's not the reason the team was suspended. Worse-than-poor management is why the Renegades failed.
Barnes, first off you're comparing completely different situations to the Rough Riders - the NFL franchise that used to be based in Baltimore still exists; the NHL franchises that used to be based in Atlanta and Minnesota still exist; and if every city that the Rams have been in wanted their expansion team to use the same name, half the teams in the NFL would be called the Rams.
There's a major difference between a franchise moving, and a franchise folding. The Atlanta Flames, LA Rams, etc all moved; the Ottawa Rough Riders folded.
Also, Baltimore's new NFL team did not take the name Colts; Minny's new NFL team did not take the name North Stars; Atlanta's new NHL team did not take the name Flames; Charlotte's new NBA team did not take the name Hornets; heck, Houston's new NFL team didn't take the name Oilers, even though no other team uses it.
I think I'm with BigDave on this one. The CFL didn't deserve the ridicule for having two teams named Rough( )riders, since that was because of a merger of two leagues. But it would be pretty bad for an "expansion" team to use the same name that another already has.
If 'Renegades' left such a bad taste in Ottawa's collective mouth, then use a NEW name. Anyone old enough to remember the glory days of the Rough Riders is probably pushing 60 ... it's not necessary to use Rough Riders to bring fans back. Most people can look past the nickname. I'd say it's more important to bring back the old logo, anyway. btw, "Red Riders" makes me think of a band, and "Black Riders" makes me think of Lord of the Rings, not to mention potential racial implications ...