Saskatoon CFL team under discussion

Could Saskatchewan someday be home to two Canadian Football League teams?

Could Saskatchewan someday be home to two Canadian Football League teams?

Management at Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon have confirmed they've been pursuing a CFL franchise for the city since 2009.

The revelation is found in two recent lawsuits filed against the entertainment venue.

Rich Gabruch, the chair of the Centre's board of directors, confirmed that employees went to Texas to look at stadiums.

"Management, I think, considered a trip to an NFL facility as useful to determine what kind of facility needs we had to put together a full package for that project to determine if it was feasible," Gabruch said.

Gabruch took over the CFL file for the Centre last summer.

The lawsuits were filed this week by two senior managers who were fired for what the board says was an unauthorized trip to Phoenix.

The managers said the trip was similar to other authorized trips and part of the mission pertained to a possible CFL franchise and stadium project.

The statement of claim contains allegations that haven't been proven in court.

The Regina-based Saskatchewan Roughriders are one of the league's most financially successful franchises and most of their games are sell-outs.

On Wednesday afternoon, Riders president Jim Hopson said talk of possible Saskatoon CFL team is a tribute to the Riders brand. However, he’s not sure if there’s enough fan and corporate support for two teams.

It’s tough enough getting support for one new stadium, let alone two, he said.

He added that it’s unhelpful for people to compare a potential Regina-Saskatoon rivalry with Calgary-Edmonton, because both Alberta cities are much bigger.