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Bauer resigns

Postby Dieter » Thu Dec 17, 2009 1:43 pm

Just got a press release, Lyle Bauer has stepped down:

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announce today that President and CEO Lyle Bauer has resigned after ten seasons with the club. Bauer leaves the Winnipeg Football Club with a record of 90-88-2 as the President & CEO. The team made the postseason seven of the ten seasons Bauer was at the helm, advancing to the Grey Cup in 2001 and 2007. The club hosted five playoff games and one Grey Cup at Canad Inns Stadium during Bauer's tenure.

Bauer took over the franchise in 2000 and one of his first tasks as leader was to implement a strategic business plan that would guide the club on the path to success. That plan not only set the stage on which the football club staff could perform, it also created an environment in which Manitoba businesses could once again feel confident in investing in the Blue Bombers.

Significant fundraising and debt-reduction strategies have also been a hallmark of Bauer's leadership. At the time of his hiring the football club was more than $5 million in debt. Following the success of the past couple of seasons, the football club is in the black financially and is now regarded as a model of fiscal responsibility.

"I am very appreciative of the time I have been able to spend with this organization and extremely proud of the progress which has been made since the turn of the millennium", Bauer said.

"Together we have achieved financial stability, embarked on new business initiatives, and have presented a plan for a new stadium". We have also had on field success in participating in the post season, hosting of playoff games, and appearing in the Grey Cup Championship Game twice in addition to hosting one of the best Grey Cup Festivals in recent history".

"We are extremely thankful and appreciative of Lyle's dedication and commitment to this franchise over the past ten years. He has made significant sacrifices both professionally and personally to do the best job possible for the Winnipeg Football Club, and for that we are very grateful, said Chairman of the board Ken Hidahl.

"We wish Lyle and his family the best in his future endeavors".

Effectively immediately, Jim Bell, V.P. of Finance and Administration with the Winnipeg Football Club will be the interim President.

The board will be conducting a national search for a new President and CEO.

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Re: Bauer resigns

Postby Winnipeg » Thu Dec 17, 2009 1:47 pm

Considering Bauer is no longer under contract with the Bombers, I guess he is eligible to enter into contract talks with Calgary to take over from Ackles.

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Re: Bauer resigns

Postby BBRT » Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:46 am

Here in Calgary this is not getting all of the much play. Not sure if he is high on their list but have not seen much regarding this in the Herald or Sun. Any one else heard anything???
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Re: Bauer resigns

Postby Ravi Ramkissoonsingh » Sat Dec 19, 2009 2:59 pm

BBRT wrote:Here in Calgary this is not getting all of the much play. Not sure if he is high on their list but have not seen much regarding this in the Herald or Sun. Any one else heard anything???


The latest rumour that I heard is that Bauer may be announced as early as this week as the new president of the Stamps. I am pretty sure that he is headed that way anyway.
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Re: Bauer resigns

Postby B-17 » Mon Dec 21, 2009 7:54 am

Bauer will on hand be remembered as the guy who turned around a 5 million dollar debt during the dark days to the current 5 mill surplus through sound business practices and leadership. Unfortunately, he'll also be remembered as the guy who turfed Dave Ritchie for the likes of Jim Daley, Doug Berry and Mike Kelly. Whereas his contributions might have been better acknowledged under better circumstances, at the end his unwavering support for Kelly was questionable (may have been trying to position himself to get fired but retain his contract pay, or he was just a poor judge of character), and then Mike Kelly's getting arrested the same day he resigns will forever be linked. While I'm grateful for his steering of the Bombers away from financial ruin, when it came to putting together a consistently strong on-field contender and his choice of head coaches, he did not succeed. In time we may hear of interference from the Bombers board as a deciding factor in his departure, no doubt. But ultimately, he did not deliver a Grey Cup to Winnipeg during his reign.
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Re: Bauer resigns

Postby Freak » Mon Dec 21, 2009 9:05 am

I don't think you can blame Bauer for the lack of a Grey Cup in Winnipeg over the last ten years. Aldi Henry has a big say in why... the fact that we had no healthy receivers left in the '02 West Final has a big say why... Glenn breaking his arm has a big say in why... but none of the three could reasonably be blamed on Bauer. If any one of those three doesn't happen, Bauer's legacy here is sunshine and roses. Two of the three happen, he's a god. All three and we'd be throwing his name around like Bud Grant.

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Re: Bauer resigns

Postby Hollywood2 » Thu Dec 24, 2009 12:05 pm

Bauer's on-field record was the most .500 of all time. So not a disaster but not resume material to take over a contender.
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Re: Bauer resigns

Postby Ron » Sat Dec 26, 2009 12:01 am

Freak wrote:I don't think you can blame Bauer for the lack of a Grey Cup in Winnipeg over the last ten years. Aldi Henry has a big say in why... the fact that we had no healthy receivers left in the '02 West Final has a big say why... Glenn breaking his arm has a big say in why... but none of the three could reasonably be blamed on Bauer. If any one of those three doesn't happen, Bauer's legacy here is sunshine and roses. Two of the three happen, he's a god. All three and we'd be throwing his name around like Bud Grant.


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