Ottawa Red Blacks could be CFL team name

The Ottawa Canadian Football League team is an unnamed CFL franchise that has been awarded in the city of Ottawa, Ontario. On March 25, 2008, an ownership group led by Ottawa 67’s owner Jeff Hunt was awarded the franchise.

The team is expected to play at Frank Clair Stadium if the stadium can be remodelled, and would likely begin play in 2014. While the franchise was conditionally awarded the right to host the 2014 Grey Cup game in 2008, Jeff Hunt has indicated that he would like to postpone the game for a few years to give his franchise a better chance to play in the championship game and, due to lawsuits and delays, the stadium renovations will not be completed until 2014.

Hosting the Grey Cup is a condition included in the agreement giving Hunt control of the franchise.

Is Ottawa Red Blacks a good name for the city’s new CFL team?

The owners of the Ottawa CFL franchise slated to start play in 2014 are closing in on a colourful new name for the team.

   
 

Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group partner Jeff Hunt confirmed Sunday night that the name Ottawa Red Blacks is under consideration for the club’s moniker as a reveal date approaches.

The group planned to release the team name and the identity of the first general manager in late January or early February.

The Red Blacks jives with Hunt’s past statements about the name, however. In previous media interviews, he has suggested the team’s logo would contain an ‘R’ — a throwback to the Rough Riders’ heritage — and that the team colours would include red and black.

An application was submitted to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office recently to trademark several variations of the name Ottawa Red Blacks, for use with a proposed football team.

Other names a Kanata company called Moonstar Limited is trying to register include Ottawa RedBlacks and two French versions: Les Rouges Noirs D’Ottawa and Les RougesNoires D’Ottawa.

A further search found the company is also seeking to trademark Ottawa Fury FC, a possible moniker for a new franchise in the North American Soccer League.

One of OSEG’s partners, John Pugh, is the driving force behind the NASL team and already runs the Ottawa Fury Premier Development League team here in the city. The Fury will, in all likelihood, serve as a development academy for the NASL squad, so it would make sense for them to share the same name.

The team’s potential names have been the focus of intense debate in the city since OSEG launched a contest to come up with possibilities in early December. More than 4,000 people submitted their suggestions, which were then whittled down to the best dozen or so.

Rush was a bit cumbersome as a French name as well, a big consideration in the bilingual capital of Canada.

In a Dec. 19 newspaper interview, Hunt was quoted saying the group was “very close” to making up its mind, but still had to sort out some legal issues before it could commit 100 per cent.

It would appear some variation of Ottawa Red Blacks is the leading candidate.

  • It would be a great idea as now there is no team from the Ottawa ,now we get a contender in this side also. As Ottawa is one of the best team in Ice hockey now they have their franchise in this CFL also.

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