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Calgary, Canada businessman Bruce Urban, president of Western RV Country, has submitted a bid to the National Lacrosse League (NLL) for an expansion team in Edmonton.
The 36-year-old Urban failed in a bid to buy the Canadian Football League Stampeders from Michael Feterik earlier this year.
“When the Stampeder thing didn’t go forward, I started looking at lacrosse,” said Urban, who owns six RV outlets in the Alberta area. “I saw a few games and loved it and thought there should be a team in Edmonton. I called the commissioner and told him I was interested and we went from there.”
The league confirmed it has received a proposal to put a club in Edmonton and it’s currently going through the review process, although they wouldn’t say who submitted the bid.
Urban would own the majority stake while Craig Anstead, GM of Urban’s Edmonton-area stores, would own 10-15% and serve as the managing partner.
Urban admits he’s a neophyte when it comes to lacrosse and the NLL.
“I don’t know a lot about the sport, I admit that,” said Urban. “But I can’t wait to learn. These guys are amazing. They don’t play for a lot of money and put it all on the line. That really impressed me.”