Despite an increase in interest from multiple groups looking to revive football in Ottawa, Canadian Football League commissioner Tom Wright has confirmed that Ottawa won't re-enter the loop until 2008 at the earliest.
According to a report in the Ottawa Citizen, the original plan to bring the Renegades franchise back into the fold for 2007 has been discarded, citing timetable issues as the reason.
All current bids, including Bill Palmer, the Golden Gate and Frank D'Angelo, will now have more time to attract more local interest and secure that a competitive and financially viable club will return when the time is right.
The delay also means that Wright will leave his position with just eight teams in the league; there had been an early push to get back to Ottawa quickly for the sake of the commissioner's legacy.
"Anyone who knows me knows the most important thing for me is to get it right," Wright said. "I'm more concerned with the best thing happening than having the timing linked to me. If it does happen in 2008, I'll know it has some link to me. I didn't take this job to stand up and get applause. In fact, I've taken a lot of darts."