According to this Spectator article, Mayor Fred Eisenberger has sent a strongly worded letter to CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon in response to Cohon's earlier letter suggesting that if the Ti Cats don't get their East Mountain stadium, they will leave, and the CFL will never give Hamilton a team again.
The Spec hasn't published the full text of the letter yet but according to them, Eisenberger is frustrated with the threats and wants Cohen to pressure the Cats to come forward with their alleged proof that the West Harbour Stadium is financially unworkable. He writes, "Rather than point out that Hamilton may be on the verge of losing the Ticats, you could perform a valuable public service if you would use your position to encourage the Ticats to put this important financial information forward."
Eisenberger goes on to point out that the Cats have never given the city specific financial requirements they need to survive, nor have the two sides discussed any form of subsidy (like from parking in the surrounding areas) to boost Tiger-Cat revenues if they play in the West Harbour.
The article also cites several "sources within the CFL" claiming that Cohon's threat is hollow simply because there's no other city in the country with a CFL ready stadium, leaving the Cats nowhere to move to. The only exception is Ottawa, but a rep from Ottawa Sports and Entertainment is saying that they are "sticking with their plans for an expansion team."
Eisenberger also responded to the claims that the West Harbour site isn't zoned correctly for a stadium, writing, "The football club's planning consultant missed a key provision of the city's official plan that permits any government operation on publicly owned park and open spaces."
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