Roughriders post record profit

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced that the CFL club made a record profit of $3.1 million in 2009.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced Saturday that the CFL club made a record profit of $3.1 million in 2009.

While the announcement did not specify an exact figure for gross revenues in the season, the club said they exceeded $30 million.

Saskatchewan finished the 2009 season in first place in the West Division of the CFL, earning a coveted home playoff game that helped to generate revenues.

The Riders advanced to the Grey Cup before losing a heart-breaking 28-27 game to the Montreal Alouettes.

The Alouettes won the game on Damon Duval's 33-yard field goal on the final play. The winning boot came after the Riders were called for too many men on the field after Duval had missed from 43 yards out moments earlier.

On Saturday at the club's annual general meeting, it was reported that the franchise sold $7.1 million worth of merchandise in 2009, an increase of nine per cent over 2008.

Total gate receipts were $10.2 million, a 10 per cent increase from 2008.

The club's season-ticket base increased 10 per cent from the prior season as a result of increased capacity at Mosaic Stadium due to available temporary seating.

Saturday's meeting marked the final official day for chairman Rob Pletch, who had served in that capacity the past three years. Roger Brandvold takes over as chairman.