The Hamilton Spectator
League takes over ownership of Alouettes
The Canadian Football League has again taken over operating the Montreal Alouettes.
The CFL made the announcement Tuesday, adding former Alouettes president Mario Cecchini has been appointed interim president
In a statement, the CFL said Cecchini will lead the franchise’s dayto-day operations under supervision from the league office. General manager Danny Maciocia will continue “to focus on the important work of building the team’s roster for the upcoming 2023 season.”
The announcement comes on the first day of CFL free agency.
“The CFL has informed the CFLPA that they will assume ownership of the Montreal Football Club effective immediately, as the former ownership group has relinquished control,” the CFL Players’ Association said in a statement. “All club operations will resume, including free agency and preparation for the 2023 CFL season.
“The league will fund all day-today operational expenses and continue to ensure all the financial obligations are met.”
This marks the second time in roughly four years that the CFL has taken over operating the Alouettes. It did so May 31, 2019 from Robert and Andrew Wetenhall.
The CFL sold the Alouettes to Sid Spiegel and Gary Stern, Spiegel’s son-in-law, in January 2020. But Spiegel died in July 2021 having never seen the club play as the CFL didn’t operate in 2020 due to the global pandemic.
Spiegel’s estate had maintained a 75 per cent ownership stake in the franchise, with Stern assuming the other 25 per cent. Last August, Stern announced he was stepping away from day-to-day operations with the team and leaving his position on the CFL board of governors.
However, Stern did not give up his ownership stake in the franchise.
The CFL says it has “initiated an accelerated and formal sales process, which is being led by its investment banking partner, Park Lane, a leading sports-focused advisory firm whose clients include major league sports properties around the world.”
The league added “multiple parties” have expressed “serious interest” in purchasing the Alouettes, including individuals, groups and businesses “that reside or operate in Montreal or elsewhere in Quebec.”
Montreal finished second in the East Division standings last year.
This marks the second time in roughly four years that the CFL has taken over operating the Alouettes. It did so May 31, 2019