Between 1876 and 1996, Ottawa was home to the professional football team know as the Rough Riders. After spending most of their last years on financial life support, the Rough Riders died a quick death in November 1996 when the Canadian Football League (CFL) revoked their franchise. The team began accumulating debt in 1985 under then-owner Allan Waters of Toronto, sparking an endless series of financial battles between city hall and the different owners in which came and went. With former mayor Jim Durrell at the helm, the Riders were given two weeks in August 1996 to raise $1.25 million in sponsorship and season ticket sales. The team attracted its biggest crowd in more than a decade for a home game on Aug. 30 and was given the go-ahead to finish the year. Because of withstanding debt and the CFL unwilling to pay the team's bills, the franchise was forced to fold in November of 1996.
In early March of 2000, the CFL's president and chief operating officer Jeff Giles announced that professional football would return to Ottawa for the 2001 season. Candidates for the new ownership position are being evaluated by Giles himself and it is expected that a decision will be made by June this year. However, the real question remains that of profitability. Can a professional football team survive in Ottawa? More importantly, can it generate profit?
This research paper will attempt to answer these questions and perhaps discover new ones. One of the first steps involves presenting a comprehensive summary of the existing research and articles. This will including the most recently published related to the rebirth of professional football in Ottawa. In addition, the research pla...
... middle of paper ...
...ons long, the fact that it had to be typed out for 30 different people over chat lines was very time consuming.
1. ENDICOTT, SCOTT. The Ottawa Citizen, Wednesday, 8 March 2000. Realism revives hope for Riders
2. CASEY, TOM The Ottawa Citizen, Thursday, March 9, 2000. Answer on Riders' possible return to come by May
3. LEROUX , JACKI Ottawa Sun, Wednesday, April 5, 2000. Developer eyes Rough Riders CFL prez shows Bytown to possible buyer
4. MURRAY, CAROLINE Ottawa Sun , Tuesday, March 7, 2000. Into the end zone CFL looks for game-saving play in Ottawa
5. STEVENSON, CHRIS SLAM! Sports, Monday, March 6, 2000. Giles wants CFL in Ottawa
6. Statistics Canada 1998
7. The CFL's Statistics 1999
8.THORNE, STEPHEN Canadian Press Monday, March 6, 2000. CFL looks south for new Ottawa franchise owner
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- The popularity of pro football has jumped in recent years compared to other sports in the States, such as pro basketball and major league baseball. During my time as a kid I always thought that being in the NFL was the most amazing thing. But as time has caught up with me certain things have made me wonder if it’s worth it. Life as a fan includes certain aspects such as playing fantasy football, enjoying video games, and gambling. Players in the NFL make millions, but they also endure certain life problems, which we, as fans, don’t see, to include concussions, financial problems, and quality of life issues after football.... [tags: American football, National Football League]
1038 words (3 pages)
- Different people become famous for many different reasons. Whether individuals become famous for sports, music, movies, books, or inventions, everyone who becomes famous does so for a reason. Some of these people have disabilities, but they are just as great. Deaf people are quite well known in society, as there are quite a few of them. Examples include Thomas Edison and Ludwig van Beethoven. Today, one of these people in the entertainment industry is pro NFL (National Football League) football player Derrick Coleman.... [tags: National Football League, American football]
1020 words (2.9 pages)
- From the time I could walk, my parents, my father specifically, had a football in my hands. I was always playing catch with him, my brothers, or my friends. When it would rain, I was often found in front of the TV watching the action. The action I am referring to was of course collegiate and professional football. The Gridiron as it's so often nicknamed is a huge part of American culture. As Kelsey Phariss so well put it “Football is essential to American culture because it makes us a family. It brings us together, it allows us to share in something greater than ourselves, it gives us a reason not to hate Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays, and it gives us the opportunity to fall in love with so... [tags: College football, American football, Football]
784 words (2.2 pages)
- Over 114 million people watched the championship game of the NFL, also known as the Super Bowl, in 2015, but very few probably know how football itself began (Breech). American football is one of the oldest sports in the United States and began being played in 1869 (Pro Football Hall of Fame). I have played the game for about 10 years of my life, and am currently playing at Central Michigan University. With all my knowledge of the game, I still did not have the greatest knowledge about the history and startup of football.... [tags: American football, National Football League]
1891 words (5.4 pages)
- “The first professional sports league was formed March 17, 1871, when the National Association of Professional Baseball clubs was formed” (Saldana). Since then, there have been several other professional leagues formed such as, the National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, American Professional Soccer League, and many more. There are over 100 professional sports teams in the United States and Canada combined, some of which are more popular than others. In just the NBA alone, “…there have been 3,071 players in the last 50 years” (Wehr).... [tags: Professional sports, Football, Amateur sports]
1090 words (3.1 pages)
- Prisons for Profit When the average person thinks of a prison, what is often the thought that comes to mind. Perhaps an environment of reform is envisioned, or maybe a place for punishment. Maybe someone sees them as modern leper colonies, where countries send their undesirables. It could be that prisons are all of these things, or they could be none. With these ambiguities in the general definition of a prison it is easy to say that the everyday person could have no real critical perspective on what they truly are.... [tags: military, complex, profit]
1464 words (4.2 pages)
- Football too many Americans is the sport in which an oval shaped ball is thrown to another person in order to score a touchdown. But if you ask anywhere else in the world what football is, they might responded that it is the world’s best sport, and that there home team or favorite team is the best there is. Both sports share a name but other than that they are both two very different beings. Both sports have some kind of governing body that regulates and upholds rules that are set in place. Football has the FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) and American football has the NFL (National Football League).... [tags: American football, Football]
1032 words (2.9 pages)
- In recent discussions of college football sensation Leonard Fournette, a topic of heated debate has been rather football players should be required to attend college before entering the N.F.L. The current rule in place requires that players be at least three years out of highschool(Knowlton). This generally means that high school players must attend college for a few years before going to the N.F.L. One side of the argument is that this rule should not be in place because it prevents able athletes from joining as well as puts their dreams a risk as they could potentially suffer a career ending injury in college.... [tags: American football, Football, Player]
1220 words (3.5 pages)
- The story of the National Football League is the greatest success story in the history of American sports.(American Football and Its Heritage) Baseball may always be called "the national pastime," but in recent decades pro football has become a national obsession. (American Football and Its Heritage) Pro football is now by far the most popular sport in America, its tens of millions of impassioned fans turning the NFL into a rapidly growing multibillion-dollar business that is now known as, “America’s Game.” (American Football and Its Heritage) Walter Camp brought football to America in 1879.(Football in the USA) The NFL was founded on August 20, 1920, in Canton Ohio by Leo Lyons, Frank Ni... [tags: National Football League, American football]
880 words (2.5 pages)
- NFL Football Player One of the all time great quarterbacks Michael Vick once said, I have always been an outstanding football player, I have always had uncanny abilities, great arm strength, an immense ability to play the game from a quarterback standpoint. The problem was that I wasn 't given the liberty to do certain things when I was young.The career of professional football player or job as a Football Player falls under the broader career category of Athletes and Sports Competitors. I love the sport of football.... [tags: American football, National Football League]
1604 words (4.6 pages)