Ed Willes of the Province wrote a piece on Tuesday about the B.C. Lions’ ownership situation.
The article centres upon Mark Woodall’s plan to build a team of local investors who would buy the team from David Braley for a price of eight to 10 million dollars.
Braley has expressed interest in selling the Lions for years, though he’s never come close to pulling the trigger on a deal.
Some critics feel the 78-year-old has limited the team’s success over the years due to his unwillingness to properly fund the team. The Lions have hosted just one playoff game since 2013 and have just one winning record since 2014.
The club is currently last place in the West Division with a league-worst 1-7 record.
Love this province, love this team, love the positive impact in our communities and with our youth. Would love to join ownership group of the @BCLions and would certainly place my name in the hat for Presidency role once Rick is content with his tenure. @CFL https://t.co/fiEZoAgT7S
— Marco Iannuzzi (@iannuzzimarco) August 13, 2019
Retired Canadian receiver Marco Iannuzzi quote-tweeted the article, expressing his interest in becoming the team’s next president.
Rick LeLacheur currently holds the role, though his appointment in 2017 was never a long-term arrangement. LeLacheur retired from his role as the president of the Edmonton Eskimos in 2011 after a bout with prostate cancer.
Iannuzzi, 32, played in B.C. for seven years after being selected in the first round of the 2011 CFL draft. A graduate of Harvard, Iannuzzi was given the Tom Pate Memorial Award in 2016 for demonstrating quality sportsmanship and outstanding work in the community.
There’s a lot more to becoming the president of a professional spots team then merely tweeting about it, but Iannuzzi could be a name to keep an eye on.
He’s young, well-educated, and connections in the Vancouver business world. The fact that he’s a former Lion is only icing on the cake.