Cochrane plans to in­vest in Hal­i­fax CFL bid

Man­i­toba-born singer has been long-time friend of mem­ber of group look­ing to start team

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Hal­i­fax—singer-song­writer Tom Cochrane has been lined up as a po­ten­tial in­vestor in the newly named At­lantic Schooners, the group try­ing to land a CFL fran­chise for Hal­i­fax said Wed­nes­day.

A short state­ment from the own­er­ship group said the Man­i­toba-born Cochrane, a mul­ti­ple Juno Award win­ner, has been a long-time friend of Bruce Bowser, one of the group’s found­ing part­ners.

“Tom Cochrane, world-renowned mu­si­cian and CFL fan, has con­firmed his in­ten­tion to in­vest in the At­lantic Schooners fran­chise,” the group said.

The state­ment fol­lowed an ear­lier tweet by CFL Com­mis­sioner Randy Am­brosie.

A photo shows Am­brosie with his arms around Cochrane and Bowser with the cap­tion: “With TWO mem­bers of the At­lantic Schooners own­er­ship group.”

How­ever, at­tempts to reach Am­brosie for com­ment were re­buffed by the league of­fice on Wed­nes­day.

“The com­mis­sioner won’t com­ment on this mat­ter,” a league spokesper­son said.

Although the CFL is yet to grant a con­di­tional fran­chise to the own­er­ship group, the drive to land a team cleared a ma­jor hur­dle in Oc­to­ber after Hal­i­fax Re­gional Coun­cil di­rected city staff to do a busi­ness case anal­y­sis of the group’s sta­dium pro­posal.

Get the full story on the CFL’S po­ten­tial ex­pan­sion at thes­tar.com/sports/foot­ball

DAR­REN CALABRESE/THE CANA­DIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO

The group try­ing to land a CFL fran­chise in Hal­i­fax an­nounced mu­si­cian Tom Cochrane will be an in­vestor in the club.

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