The best interests of the Canadian Football League may clash with the best interest of the CFL commissioner in the troubling case of the moribund Ottawa Renegades.
For Tom Wright to survive as commissioner, the impossible has to occur: A buyer must be found almost immediately to save the Renegades and maybe Wright's job in the process.
But for the league itself, the best step now may well be a cautionary step backwards. Rather than rush anything -- and isn't that how the league wound up in this mess? -- it should mothball the Ottawa franchise for a year, suspend its operations until a proper buyer can be found and a sound organization can be established.
That isn't something that can be done in a matter of days or weeks. But it's possible for the Renegades to be saved long-term if time is taken and it's not a house of cards being sold.
The league has time. The commissioner, himself, may not have such luxury.
He is forever on the last year of his deal, walking a slippery tightrope.
The CFL can survive with eight teams, short term or long, with a long-term goal being the survival of football in Ottawa. That is more prudent than rushing to find another Horn Chen.
Question is: Will Tom Wright be in his job long enough to witness football strength in Ottawa again?