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Tumultuous off-season


Jan 18 -- The Calgary Stampeders sign Doug Flutie to a five-year contract.

Jan 27 -- The Canadian Football League's board of governors approves expansion teams for Memphis, Tenn., and Birmingham, Ala.

Feb 17 -- The San Antonio City Council approves an agreement to bring the CFL's Sacramento Gold Miners to San Antonio for the coming season.

Feb 17 -- CFL commissioner Larry Smith brands as "totally preposterous" a report saying the league will fold within six weeks, then begin play under a new name to eliminate roster restrictions on Canadian teams.

March 6 -- A group in Jackson, Miss., has put up $3 million and appearsset to buy and move the Las Vegas Posse of the CanadianFootball League, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported.

March 10 -- Canadian Football League owners gave tentative approval yesterday to new ownership groups for the Ottawa Rough Ridersand the Las Vegas Posse, clearing the way for a North-Southdivisional alignment sooner than expected.

March 13 -- The former Sacramento Gold Miners relocate to San Antoinio and will be known as the Texans.

March 14 -- Birmingham announces the team will be called the Barracudas.

March 14 -- The Ottawa Rough Riders file for bankruptcy.

March 17 -- The CFL approve the sale of the Ottawa Rough Riders to Chicagobusinessman Horn Chen.

April 4 -- The CFL announces that the Las Vegas Posse has suspendedoperations for the 1995 season.

April 7 -- Two days after the Canadian Football League suspended the Las Vegas Posse franchise, it postpones the dispersal draft that will assign player contracts.

April 12 -- The CFL announces that a private group formed by DavidMcDonald and George Grant has taken control of the Hamilton Tigers-Cats, with McDonald serving as chairman and Grant asvice chairman.

April 14 -- For the second time in 11 days, commissioner Larry Smith suspended the franchise and dismisses Jackson, Miss.,as a relocation site.

April 23 -- In the Las Vegas Posse despersal draft, the Ottawa Rough Riders selects a defensive end who died in an auto accident in 1994. The headline in the local paper reads: "Rough Riders Draft a Real Stiff."

May 31 -- The owner of the Calgary Stampeders wants to sell the Canadian Football League club, preferably to a local buyer. Stampeders owner Larry Ryckman estimates he has lost $13 million since buying the team in 1991. The 50-year-old franchise was community-owned until Ryckman took over.

June 7 -- The Toronto Argonauts is put up for sale, and expects the team will find a buyer and stay in Toronto.

June 24 -- Baltimore Football Club owner Jim Speros announces during a 37-0 exhibition victory over Birmingham that he would give his team a nickname the day before its July 8 home opener against San Antonio.

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