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Report: CFL returning to Ottawa

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - The CFL is expected to grant Ottawa a conditional expansion franchise, according to the Ottawa Sun.

The newspaper reports an announcement of an Ottawa ownership group is expected Tuesday and that CFL commissioner Mark Cohon will be in attendance. The Sun reports Jeff Hunt, the President of Ottawa 67's Major Junior A Hockey Club, will head the new ownership contingent.

The exact date for expansion has not been determined, but early estimates look for a 2010 start.

The one sticking point though appears to be a stadium for the team. The Sun reports there is a condition that the new group wants an agreement for a new team to play at Frank Clair Stadium. However, last September, the lower south side was closed, due to cracks in the concrete structure and the facility, which opened in 1908, is in need of costly repairs.

The move will mark the third CFL franchise for the Canadian capital. The Rough Riders won nine Grey Cups in their long stay (1876-1996), but ultimately folded due to falling attendance numbers. The league came calling again in 2002 with the Renegades, but the league suspended the club four years later when their ownership wasn't prepared to take on millions of dollars in likely losses.

03/24 20:22:00 ET