InglewoodJack Posted February 27 Share Posted February 27 (edited) 1 hour ago, Sal333 said: My main point had nothing to do with metro population. It had to do with disposable income. All you have to do is look at the numbers. Last year CF Montreal was one of the best teams on the continent, it had one of the worst attendance numbers in the league. It has had one of the worst attendance numbers for most of it's existence. You have to ask yourself why is that. -demographics is the top answer. In Montreal it's still an immigrant game unlike Toronto and Vancouver and on top of that it draws from immigrants that are on the lower end of the earning scale. And to make matters worse that demographic is not a growing one. This province does not have a stomach for increased immigration. The cities you mentioned are about on par with Montreal when it comes to economics but their populations are not splintered. The pure laine Quebecois - especially the ones with disposable income - couldn't care less about soccer. Jeeze, Canadian gridiron football, after a century of trying, can't make an inroad in this city. Major league Baseball went the way of the dodo bird. Saputo has to be very careful with the team's finances. If he isn't, the team will be moved most likely to the states. I know this makes sense hypothetically, and living in Quebec, I know what you are talking about, but in practice, is this actually true? I go to a fair amount of CFM games, and an overwhelming majority of people around us are "pure laine" (speak quebec french, mostly white). I do sit almost exclusively with the ultras, so maybe general admission is different. edit: to be clear, the supporter section is diverse, but there is definitely not a lack of multi-generational quebecers in the stands. I do agree that Montreal has a "small market mentality" when it comes to things like sports, but I suspect a big factor here is that the "pure laine" population expects a champion, because even though the Habs haven't won anything in 30 years, we expect our sports teams to be elite. The Expos weren't even that terrible towards the end, but because we weren't a playoff team, we drew 1,200/game. I think this has an effect on immigrants who like soccer, move to montreal, don't see the excitement over our team, and just continue to support whichever european teams they've always supported. My guess is that most of these soccer fans that move to montreal follow teams like Liverpool and Juventus more than CFM and MLS. There's also the factor that no one wants to point out in that saputo stadium is very poorly placed to attract the type of audience the team wants to attract. Yes there are two metro stations within walking distance from the stadium, but most of the city's population is either on the complete other side of the metro, or completely off the metro grid. It's why there were actual serious plans to build a stadium in one of downtown's most prestigious parcels of land all to maybe attract an MLB team- a sport no one here even cares about. And if you do want to attract that high income "pure laine" fanbase from the suburbs, well, no one is going to drive to Hochelaga from Brossard or Candiac, that's for sure. It also doesn't help that IMFC rebranded specifically because they want to appeal to Montreal's French immigrant/expat community which by and large support their hometown clubs, and by and large aren't going to leave the plateau to come to the east end to watch a game. And are also by and large soccer snobs, obviously. I think it was Renard that said that he wants CFM to be the francophone world's team- that team is probably PSG for the forseeable future, but it's an incredibly massive oversight by the club. CF Montreal should be looking at cult teams like St. Pauli, Union Berlin, Celtic, Red Star, so on. Soccer has countless examples of small markets that have built something really special, but here we are, with St. Pauli money, trying to tell our fans we're PSG. Edited February 27 by InglewoodJack The Beaver 2.0, Metro and Fresh Prince of MTL 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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