better start lookin for buyers from Quebec!
argos owner, cynamon ( sp? ), was just on bob mcgowan's prime time sports....he confirmed the league and tom wright had no clue things in ottawa would fall off the tracks like they have in recent weeks....
while they knew ottawa had low attendance and management problems, the fact is they thought the gades were taking a turn for the better when:
-lonie gliberman resigned as team president
-gliebs were lookin to bring back eric tillman
-lookin to hire nicholson as CEO.
next thing they knew, glieb decided not to go ahead with any of these plans, and rather not fully fund the team....outta the blue, cuz glieb always said he was there for the long haul, and it seemed he was fixing the problems....so NOT tom wrights fault.
and it wasnt tom wright who sold the gades to the gliebs...it was the current owner of the gades, Smith...smith was part of an ownership group, and it was thier decision to sell 51% of thier ownership to gliberman, not the CFL's or TW's....had the gades been ownerless, and the CFL had control of the team, they wouldnt have brought in the gliebs, but they didnt have a choice.
cynamon also said he doesnt expect the league to lose too much money if they fold the gades, cuz they wouldnt have to split tv rights with 9 teams, thus making up for any money they would lose in the tv deal for folding the gades.
also, said if the league can find an owner who would pick the team up in '07, the league would absolutly prop the gades for the '06 season.