The CFL made it official Wednesday morning by announcing 54 year old Randy Ambrosie as its new commissioner.
Ambrosie inherits a league facing key issues, including lacklustre fan support in Toronto and aging facilities in Calgary. He said he wants to take a team-by-team approach to identifying problems the league can help solve.
Ambrosie takes over for Jeffrey Orridge, who stepped down after less than two years on the job.
Ambrosie, who was a finalist for the commissioner’s position when Orridge was hired, played nine CFL seasons as an offensive lineman with Calgary, Toronto and Edmonton, winning a Grey Cup his final season with the Eskimos in 1993.
The 54-year-old Winnipeg native also served with the CFL Players’ Association during his playing days.
Board chairman Jim Lawson believes they have found someone who can take the league to better places moving forward saying this is a person who lives and breathes the Canadian Football League.