The Montreal Alouettes might finally have new owners.

According to Montreal TSN radio man Tony Marinaro, the CFL’s board of governors has approved the sale of the Alouettes to Montreal entrepreneur Vince Guzzo.

Guzzo is the president and CEO of Cinemas Guzzo, the largest movie operator in Quebec with 10 locations. The 49-year-old is also the CEO for Groupe Guzzo, a construction company, Guzzo Hospitality and Guzzo Medical Services. He has been on the CBC show Dragon’s Den as an investor since September, 2018.

Robert Wetenhall has owned the Alouettes since 1997 when he brought the team back from the brink of insolvency. He was responsible for the team’s successful relocation to Percival Molson Stadium and eventually expansion while overseeing the team’s run of dominance from 1999 to 2012 when the Als finished first in the East Division nine times in 14 seasons, winning three Grey Cups.

The team has fallen on hard times in recent years, missing the playoffs for four straight seasons, the longest streak in franchise history. The Alouettes have struggled at the gate as well as fans have tired of the perpetual on-field ineptitude.

Providing strong local ownership such as Guzzo could benefit the franchise greatly.

UPDATE:

The one and only Herb Zurkowsky reports there is no deal – verbal or otherwise to sell the Alouettes to Guzzo.

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