Duane Forde for com­mis­sioner?

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DAN RALPH

TORONTO — Duane Forde is in­ter­ested in the Cana­dian Foot­ball League com­mis­sioner’s job.

The veteran TSN foot­ball com­men­ta­tor said dur­ing a con­fer­ence call that he’d be open to dis­cussing the po­si­tion after the CFL draft Sun­day. Last month, com­mis­sioner Jef­frey Or­ridge an­nounced that he and the league had agreed to part ways ef­fec­tive June 30.

Or­ridge, the for­mer ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of CBC Sports, be­came the CFL’s 13th com­mis­sioner in March 2015. Shortly after the an­nounce­ment, Forde’s name was men­tioned as a po­ten­tial suc­ces­sor.

“To be hon­est it’s some­thing I would be in­ter­ested in,” Forde said dur­ing the CFL draft con­fer­ence call. “I’m not go­ing to spend much time on this call cer­tainly talk­ing about it.

“But maybe once we sur­vive draft week that, yeah, it’s some­thing that I would be in­ter­ested in dis­cussing.”

Or­ridge suc­ceeded Mark Co­hon, who’d served eight years as com­mis­sioner. When he took the job, Or­ridge be­came the first black com­mis­sioner of a sig­nif­i­cant North Amer­i­can pro­fes­sional sports league.

In Fe­bru­ary, the for­mer USA Bas­ket­ball and Right to Play ex­ec­u­tive re­ceived the African Cana­dian Achieve­ment Award of Ex­cel­lence for his ac­com­plish­ments.

Forde, 47, has been with TSN since 2008, of­ten serv­ing as a com­men­ta­tor on foot­ball broad­casts with play-by-play an­nouncer Rod Black. Forde is also a highly re­garded Cana­dian col­lege draft ex­pert and since ’10 has run a na­tional com­bine.

In ’12, the Win­nipeg Blue Bombers courted Forde about be­com­ing their as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager. The job went to Kyle Wal­ters, who’s now the CFL club’s full-time GM.

Forde was a full­back in the CFL for 12 sea­sons, play­ing for the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers (199192, ’96-2000), Bombers (’93), Toronto Arg­onauts (’94-95), and Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats (2001-02). He ap­peared in five Grey Cup games, win­ning twice with the Stamps (1992, ’98).

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