Maritime Football group launches website

The founding partners of Maritime Football have unveiled a website: MaritimeFootball.ca.

Anthony LeBlanc, Bruce Bowser and Gary Drummond are working to bring a CFL team to Atlantic Canada and launching a website is another sign the process is headed in a positive direction. The main page features a slogan: Bringing Canada’s League to the Maritimes.

From the site:

Maritime Football is a group of experienced professional sports executives who see the potential for the region to call a Canadian Football League (CFL) franchise its own. Atlantic Canada touts a proud history of sports that goes back centuries—and we’re ready to write the next chapter. Maritime Football is committed to bringing the CFL to Atlantic Canada.

CFL fans in Halifax have been told the league is serious about establishing a coast-to-coast footprint. Commissioner Randy Ambrosie and Halifax bid proponents are maintaining a methodical approach to ultimately landing a team.

Ambrosie assured that the league is excited about the prospect after a previous attempt in the 1980s was scuttled because of the failure to land a stadium.

“I feel like it is different this time,” said Ambrosie. “I just think the stars seemed to have aligned well for us to take a crack at getting this in. And I don’t think we have a completed CFL until we have this franchise in place – it’s like the national railroad, you just aren’t done until you’re done.”

Ambrosie said the league is in “lockstep” with the bid group, and is working with them to advance business plans.

“But the big hurdle is the stadium,” he said. “We are not going to move too far and too fast and get ahead of ourselves, so that it really is the jumping off point to advance this to the ultimate launch of a football team here.”

A recent poll conducted by StarMetro found that 42 per cent of the 2,500 respondents were in favour of using taxpayer dollars to fund a stadium.

-with CP files

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