The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be in Ottawa in two years if a deal to build a new hometown stadium falls through, says Ticat president Scott Mitchell.
In a question-and-answer session following a speech to a Hamilton Rotarian luncheon at the Art Gallery of Hamilton today, Mitchell said the Ticats are Ottawa-bound if the stadium deal dies.
Mitchell was asked if Ticat owner Bob Young was bluffing when he said he’d pull the CFL team out of Hamilton.
“I can tell you absolutely and unequivocally no,? Mitchell said. “Not only was he not bluffing about potentially moving the team to Burlington, if this stadium doesn’t get built and if project wasn’t going to come to fruition, I can pretty much guarantee you this team will be in Ottawa in 2013.?
I guess they like Ottawa's waterfront, and urban and pedestrian friendly, no parking lot stadium.
Wished we would have thought of that.
Enough of these threats and marginalizing of Hamiltonians who have supported this team for all these years. If Katz or anyone else wants the team, then the "caretaker" should do the right thing for this community and sell the franchise or hand over the keys.
Why would you announce and continue to threaten the city this late in the process, with the city clearly trying to bend backwards and make this work? Is Mitchell trying to intentionally sabotage the process? This announcement couldn't have waited until after it's been rejected and isn't going to fly? Seriously, I really hope after this is all said and done the team seriously reconsiders Mitchell's continued employment. Every time he opens his mouth he alienates both existing and potential fans.
He deserves every bit of it. Lest we forget, he was in charge while the team bombed in the earlier 2000's. The only smart thing he did was hire Obie. People don't feel that you can have a team with an owner with a heart of gold and a president who spews nothing but bile. The team is generating a lot of bad PR because of Mitchell's continued lack of professionalism and brutish comments. Bob is suffering from guilt by association as a result.
I couldn't agree more. I don't even know why he would bring that up at this point. What troubles me is that he is making it sound like a done deal if the stadium issue isn't resolved. What that says to me is that they have already been in discussions with the CFL about moving the team to Ottawa. Doesn't do much to support the "we want to keep the team here" song we've been hearing. I have to say that I'm really not a big Mitchell fan at all. I think Merlin nailed it with the good cop/bad cop analogy.
Ottawa would get a competitive team right off the bat -no franchise fee. The NFL moves into Toronto and the Argos move out to a CFL size stadium in the burbs, they gain 10,000 former Ticat season ticket holders - one team in Southern Ontario. We get to stay with an 8 team league.