Just a week after a Twitter account under the username CFLinHalifax stirred up excitement and curiosity for fans of a possible Canadian Football Team in Halifax, the league issued a statement Monday.
The account had been sharing fan ideas for potential names and logo graphics, as well as jersey concepts.
“We want to make it clear that the Canadian Football League has no affiliation with the social media accounts identifying themselves as CFLinHalifax. While we appreciate the excitement and enthusiasm of the fans behind these accounts, even if some of their suggestions are far more appropriate than others,” the league said earlier this week.
“It is premature to discuss a name for a franchise that has not been awarded. We have been advised by the potential ownership group for Halifax that it also has no affiliation with these fan accounts.”
The CFL confirmed back in November that discussions have taken place with an ownership group that is interested in bringing an expansion team to the city of Halifax. However, the league has maintained that a very thorough process of due diligence will be required.
Canada’s largest football league confirmed in late 2017 that there had been discussions regarding the possibility of an expansion to the HRM. However, the league also stated that there would be a “very thorough process of due diligence” involved in the discussions and plans.
Anthony LeBlanc a partner of Maritime Football Limited, concurred with the CFL on Monday, confirming the Twitter account was “not one that is managed by the potential ownership group. As we have mentioned before, we do like and are considering a name the team contest, however we are not ready to start that process as of yet.”