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Winnipeg headed to CFL's West Division for 2014

Winnipeg, MB (Sports Network) - The Canadian Football League announced Thursday that the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will move to the West Division for the 2014 season.

Since the CFL was formed in 1958, the Blue Bombers have spent 21 years in the East, including from 2006-2013, but will switch to the West with the Ottawa RedBlacks joining the league.

"This means the Blue Bombers will reside in the West, where so much of their storied history has taken place, for the purposes of standings and playoffs," CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said after the move was approved by the league's Board of Governors. "It also helps pave the way for expansion in 2014, as the Ottawa RedBlacks join our league as our ninth team, and play as part of the East Division."

Next year, the West Division will consist of the British Columbia Lions, Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Blue Bombers, while the East Division will consist of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Montreal Alouettes, Ottawa and Toronto Argonauts.

"We are proud of our history in the CFL, but especially proud of our ten Grey Cup victories, eight of which came as we represented the West," Blue Bombers acting CEO Wade Miller said. "It's no wonder then that so many of our fans consider the West our natural home. We look forward to competing, and succeeding, in the West Division."

09/12 17:29:17 ET