Jeff Hunt stepping down as president of the Redblacks

Jeff Hunt is stepping down as president of the Ottawa Redblacks, at the end of the 2018 season.

The Redblacks announced the move on Tuesday morning.

Hunt is a part-owner of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, which controls the Redblacks, the Ottawa 67s hockey team and the Ottawa Fury soccer club.

“I’m an entrepreneur and marketer at heart,” said Hunt in a release. “The day-to-day operations of a business is not my favourite thing. We have many strong business people at OSEG and they don’t need me checking up on them. As an OSEG partner, I’ll still be up-to-speed on our teams and the business and have an opportunity to contribute to future growth and success.”

Hunt, an Ottawa entrepreneur and long-time owner of the 67s, partnered with four other local businessmen to form OSEG in 2008 and were awarded a CFL franchise. The group was responsible for a major renovation of Frank Clair Stadium – now TD Place – as well as commercial and residential development around the stadium. The team kicked off in 2014, won a championship two seasons later and hosted a successful Grey Cup in 2017.

“I feel this is the right time for me to start exploring other entrepreneurial opportunities,” Hunt said. “It’s a great feeling when you help launch a successful business. I’ve had a lot of success with that over the years, learned a lot of lessons along the way, and I’d be happy to help other companies and entrepreneurs by sharing my experiences with them.”

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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9 Comments on Jeff Hunt stepping down as president of the Redblacks

  1. Oh no. Does that mean they’re serious about trying to buy the Senators. Hope not

  2. Ottawa needs to give Jeff a BIG THANK YOU. When many said NO to him and his group in various ways in the rebirth of CFL football in the city and revitalizing a part of the city big time he continued on for around 7 years. The end result is what he helped create is the JEWEL for the CFL and other cities on how pro sports and redevelopment and help a city in many ways.

  3. Thanks you Jeff Hunt. In five years, when the CFL is a bigger, stronger league with a $10m salary cap and a proper U.S. TV contract, it will be because of the visionaries who saw the tremendous entertainment value of a CFL game on the tube, and esp in person.

    • Jeff Hunt did a great job and one of the visionaries for sure!! The only owners in the CFL that is getting revenue not only from the football operations but from the condos/restaurants/businesses that are on the stadium site. The junior hockey team and the soccer team all are doing well financially.

      I doubt that in 5 years there will be a US TV contract in fact the TSN TV contract will likely be worth less. The original TSN contract was signed 6 years ago when the average TV ratings were over 800k, last season they were down to 520k. There are also a lot fewer cable subscribers, viewers are cutting the cord and younger viewers watch on their Iphones/tablets.
      A $10M salary cap would kill the league right now and in 5 years it may be slightly higher.
      Ottawa will be in a good position in 5 years, I don’t think the Argos will be around in 5 years.

    • It will be a whole new kettle of fish in 5 years. You have a great vision for the league. The one thing about sports… is it LIVE, it’s the ultimate reality TV. This means the games can be broadcast for money… on any media or device. It is something that can be controlled as an asset. The CFL stands to prosper like never before. Only it may not be on cable or public TV in the form we know it.

      People like Jeff Hunt – saw the value in the league and he leaves a great legacy. RedBlacks are a shining star in the CFL.

  4. Hmmm, wonder if he will be assisting/getting involved with the Atlantic Group in their bid . He is from the east , Newfoundland I believe.

    • I doubt that, as he says he is still a member of OSEG and runs the 67s, it’s too much to run the football team too.
      Can’t see him involved with the Atlantic group, that’s going nowhere and will never happen.

  5. I hope Jeff buys the Sens to get rid of you know who.

  6. This outfit did a great job of building an instant success and it started with ownership and the plan.

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