The Ottawa Renegades returned Canadian Football League action to Canada’s capital in 2002. Ottawa had been without a team since 1996, when the Ottawa Rough Riders folded. The logo chosen draws similarities to the logo used by the Rough Riders for much of their existence up until 1992. The Renegades played four seasons and never qualified for the playoffs.
With the team losing $3.8 million in 2005, and the possibility of losing an additional $2.3 million to $5.8 million in 2006, the organization requested financial assistance from the CFL, which the league was not willing to provide. On March 22, 2006, Bernie Glieberman decided to stop funding the Renegades. While the CFL previously took over operations of the Toronto Argonauts and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2003, on April 9, 2006, the CFL’s board of governors decided against doing the same for the Renegades, instead choosing to look for a new owner. The CFL would move its easternmost-West Division team, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, back to the East Division for the third time in its history to take Ottawa’s place and to balance out the divisions (the Bombers played in the East from 1987–94, 1997–2001 and this time from 2006 – 2013).
The players of the Ottawa Renegades were dispersed to the remaining eight CFL teams in a dispersal draft, with QB Kerry Joseph going #1 to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Steelback Brewery president Frank D’Angelo announced in April 2006 that he was exploring opportunities to revive the team. The announcement was not cleared with the Canadian Football League, who indicated that they had had only one informal conversation with D’Angelo, in which no decision was made.
On May 15, 2007, the CFL announced that it had ended discussions with a group led by William Palmer regarding the return of a CFL team to Ottawa for the 2008 season.
The Ottawa Renegades were a Canadian Football League franchise based in Ottawa, Ontario founded in 2002, six years after the storied Ottawa Rough Riders folded. After four seasons, the Renegades franchise was suspended indefinitely by the league due to financial instability, and its players were absorbed by the other teams in a dispersal draft.
2002 – 2006 / Canadian Football League
2002 – 2006 / Ottawa Renegades
Renegades – The franchise returned to Ottawa from 2002 – 2006 as the Renegades, which was selected by the owners from fan submissions.
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2002 – 2006 / Frank Clair Stadium
2006 / Bernie Glieberman, Bill Smith and Brad Waters
2002 – 2005 / Bill Smith, Gillis, Kisma, Brad Waters and Baker
*Blue is this team’s history