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Business group makes 'very credible' pitch for Halifax CFL team: report

"I think we can do it," CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie told reporters last month.

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie.

Could the Canadian Football League be coming to Halifax at last?

A group from Eastern Canada has presented a pitch to the CFL's board of governor's to bring a team to the city, according to a report from TSN's Dave Naylor.

"We can confirm the CFL has had discussions with a group interested in securing a Canadian Football League franchise for the city of Halifax,'' the league said in a statement.

"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."

Since the presentation, several meetings have taken place, including with various levels of government in Nova Scotia and CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie.

“Everybody wants to see us have a partner out east and Halifax is the community everybody talks about," Ambrosie told reporters in a wide-ranging interview last month.

"I think we can do it."

The business group proposing the team is reported to include Halifax's own Bruce Bowser, president of AMJ Campbell Van Lines and former president of hockey operations for the Arizona Coyotes, Gary Drummond.

One CFL source told Naylor that the group's pitch was "very credible."

A league official said a timetable for potentially awarding a franchise has not been established as of yet. One of the challenges for Halifax is that the city does not currently have a stadium that would be suitable for a CFL team. - with files from The Canadian Press

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