The Toronto Star's OUA preview talked to Carleton AD Jennifer Brenning about it and now there is a time of arrival, price tag, and a mention of the Laval model:
"Brenning ... said a team could be ready to join the OUA in time for the 2011 season but that's incumbent on the university able to raise close to $750,000.Hypothetically, Carleton's football ambitions are not married to the Lansdowne Live proposal ... they are definitely cohabitating, though. In all practicality, though, using the Laval model requires support from more than just alumni, students and football fanatics. That is easier achieved in a pro stadium than playing on campus.
" 'For a quality program, coaches and team, it'll cost that much,' she said.
" 'A school survey was quite receptive and we're looking at how programs operate at other schools. Laval is a good business model and run like an NCAA team. They are also building a 25,000-seat stadium.'
"Brenning said Carleton was counting on support from an Ottawa consortium, involving alumnus John Ruddy, which is trying to secure a CFL team and a stadium for the nation's capital. Brenning said Ruddy, a major developer of retail centres across Canada, had given a verbal commitment of a significant donation if a pro team could be secured." (emphasis mine)
The best football analogy for Lansdowne Live is that the group has come up with a big play to get the ball, but is facing first-and-10 from its own 1-yard line. Legal challenges and electoral politics are bound to factor in, too.