Cohon: One step closer to Ottawa return

Mark Cohon
Commissioner
Canadian Football League

TORONTO — ”Today the return of the CFL to Ottawa is a major step closer.

In an unanimous and definitive decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), which has been working hard to revamp the stadium at Lansdowne Park and welcome CFL football back to the nation’s capital.

Like the Ontario Superior Court before it, the Court of Appeal rejected arguments made by some local residents who oppose the development project that includes the stadium.

While the opponents can still technically seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, today’s ruling keeps up us on track to have Ottawa rejoin our league as early as the 2014 season.

It also speaks to the fact that our friends and prospective partners have pursued this goal with thoroughness as well as passion and perseverance.

We congratulate Roger Greenberg, John Ruddy, Jeff Hunt, John Pugh and Bill Shenkman on what is a very positive development for the CFL in Ottawa.”