Agree about the USL. It seems to be a very poorly run organization. It couldn't live up to USSF D-2 standards, but is doing everything it can to undermine those who have (NASL). It seems they rush to place teams everywhere that NASL has or is planning teams. They award franchises before there is a stadium to play in, and don't allow new franchises hardly any lead-in time. There are a few model franchises (Orlando), but a good half of franchises are drawing around or below 1000 people. That's going to look horrible in a 24k seat stadium.
NASL seems to be going about growing the right way. Better-capitalized teams and owners, (relatively) careful expansion. All games are streamed live. I'd also heard that Bob was on the outs with the NASL head office, but on the other hand 1) He did get that conditional(ish?) letter saying that he had the NASL territory during the stadium deal discussions, and 2) There's a new NASL commissioner in place since Bob's ownership days. So I have no idea what Bob's relationship is there.
I hope Bob decides to go for it. Having so much of the infrastructure in place with Ticats and the stadium makes him the most likely owner to help a team succeed. Avoid the confusion existing in the States. Have a clear D-1 (MLS) in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver; a clear D-2 (NASL) in Edmonton, Ottawa, Hamilton, (I hear Calgary soon?); and then age-based amateur development leagues.
We haven't heard from Bob on this topic in a while, I hope that means things are moving behind the scenes... ?