Alouettes sold to CFL in anticipation of new ownership

The Montreal Alouettes have been sold to the Canadian Football League, effective immediately.

The team's former owners, the Wetenhall family, confirmed the news Friday evening in a press release.  

It does not appear that the sale is directly related to Vincenzo Guzzo's efforts to purchase the club, which stalled earlier this month.  However, in their statement the family did add that the sale is "part of an orderly transition to new long-term ownership and a new chapter in the Alouettes' storied history."

Speaking to TSN 690's Rick Moffat several days ago, former Alouettes General Manager Jimmy Popp said that the team's now-former owners will be missed by players.

"Anybody who was a part [of the Alouettes] I think will have fond memories of the Wetenhall family", he said in Toronto.