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The Montreal Concordes


After a decade of success, the team’s owner Sam Berger sold the Alouettes to Nelson Skalbania, who decided after a disastrous first season that he wanted to sell the team himself. In April 1982, the league sent Skalbania a notice of revocation requiring him to sell the Alouettes and pay off his debts, both of which he was unable to do. The league then decided to take the Alouettes away from Skalbania and gave the rights for a new team to Charles Bronfman. Bronfman was required to pick a new name for the football team, so he chose the Concordes. From 1982 to 1985, the Concordes failed to break a long-running unlucky streak on the gridiron.