The Canadian Football League has responded to a report by TSN’s Dave Naylor regarding the league’s interest in expanding to Halifax, NS in the near future.
The league said Thursday afternoon that it can “confirm the CFL has had discussions with a group interested in securing a Canadian Football League franchise for the city of Halifax.”
“We can confirm the CFL has had discussions with a group interested in securing a Canadian Football League franchise for the city of Halifax. While this group has been professional, enthusiastic and impressive, these conversations are relatively new and a very thorough process of due diligence must be put in place and completed before we can fully assess the viability of the project. We want to publicly thank this group for its passion for the CFL and we thank the members of the media for their interest.”
In his report, Naylor stated that “a group of businessmen with ties to Eastern Canada would like to make the Canadian Football League’s dream of a tenth franchise come true in Halifax.”
The group is headed by New Brunswick native Anthony Leblanc. He was most recently the former president and CEO of the Arizona Coyotes. Another member of the group is Regina's Gary Drummond who was president of hockey operations for the club.
The group has met with officials in Halifax, the Nova Scotia government and commissioner Randy Ambrosie.
It is their hope to have a conditional franchise granted by the beginning of the 2018 season with play commencing in 2020.