"The Ravens would utilize our professional training facilities, they’d play in a new, fan-friendly stadium and they’d leverage our marking and operations staff ... At the end of the day, I think those elements would benefit recruiting and player development and fast-track success on the field."In other words, the Ravens would run on a model similar to Laval and Regina in football and Lakehead in hockey. CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said recently that Ottawa will come back into the pro league in 2012. Three years is enough lead time for Carleton to prepare the proper exploitation for a football revival. A dual launch in '12 would be sweet, eh.
Their operation would be fairly stand-alone.
"The next step for both groups, along with any other potential donors or partners, is to put together a solid business model that would fully fund a football program through outside sources. Once that model is on paper, the school would then have to apply to Canadian Interuniversity Sport for permission to field a team."Other questions which hang off this are:
- How does this affect the Ottawa Gee-Gees, who play at Lansdowne? As an ottawasun.com user noted, the Gee-Gees would not want to play at a stadium run by a group which is putting its fundraising and marketing expertise toward their cross-town rivals. It would be similar to the situation where Waterloo used Laurier's stadium for many years, the irony here being that the Gee-Gees have been a powerhouse while Carleton was an also-ran more often than not.
- Carleton coming back could be taken to mean another OUA school is exploring starting a football team to bring the conference to even 12. Not to play coy, but feel free to speculate away about who might be that school.
"... The revitalization of Lansdowne starts to look less like the building of a home for a CFL team and more like the construction of a community asset that will be used for two sports at both the amateur and professional levels.Related:
That is surely the message the (Jeff) Hunt group wants to get out in advance of city council vote scheduled for Aug. 26."
Carleton aims for return of football (Terri Saunders, Sun Media, June 25)
(Cross-posted to Out of Left Field.)