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    Jason got a reaction from ray in NEW Mother of all Canucks Abroad (and domestic)   
    Just ran across this today.  Ah, memories!  Hard to believe that was 20 years ago.  It's good to see a new generation take over and go further than I could've ever imagined back in those early days.  I'm amazed anyone still remembers at all.
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    Jason got a reaction from Oranje in Cavalry FC launch/2019 off season thread   
    So I see that ticket prices for the match in Calgary were released over the weekend.  Reduced member prices are $25 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under.  No word about prices for non-members.  Is it just me, or does this seem like a lot for a prospects game?   Makes me wonder a bit about what prices will be for games that matter.
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    Jason got a reaction from shamrock in Ottawa CPL Club   
    I really doubt the Ottawa group will play hardball and threaten to fold.  But they could theoretically take it that far.  I have no idea of the relationships there.  My feeling is that Ottawa prefers to join, CPL wants them, and so does the CSA.  But Ottawa wants to ensure if they go into this new venture, they will be the most advantageous position possible.  If they get to keep their players, they will be several steps ahead of other clubs.  If I'm the Fury I want that.
    I'd be very surprised if they don't all come to some kind of agreement.
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    Jason got a reaction from Toronto Ruffrider in Ottawa CPL Club   
    From what I can see, the Fury has leverage that they are likely using on the CPL.  I'm sure they want to retain all of their players and do not want to lose some through whatever scheme the CPL uses to allocate players.  I'd guess that they'll try to negotiate the best possible terms for entry, and they can say they can stick in the more certain and stable USL if it doesn't work out.  The CSA ultimately decides on sanctioning a club and could block Ottawa staying in USL.  But if Ottawa really wants to play hardball, they can tell the CSA they couldn't agree to terms with the CPL and if they don't let them play in USL, they'll just fold.  Remember that before the CSA said they would not force FCE to leave NASL to join the CPL so it's possible they'd do the same with Ottawa.  
    I'd like to see Ottawa in CPL next year, but I'd rather have them in USL as opposed to folding.  And I'm guessing there is no other option for an 8th team for the CPL.  With this much time left, I can only imagine an existing club could be ready for 2019.
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    Jason got a reaction from Watchmen in Ottawa CPL Club   
    I really doubt the Ottawa group will play hardball and threaten to fold.  But they could theoretically take it that far.  I have no idea of the relationships there.  My feeling is that Ottawa prefers to join, CPL wants them, and so does the CSA.  But Ottawa wants to ensure if they go into this new venture, they will be the most advantageous position possible.  If they get to keep their players, they will be several steps ahead of other clubs.  If I'm the Fury I want that.
    I'd be very surprised if they don't all come to some kind of agreement.
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    Jason got a reaction from DrummingInMySleep in Ottawa CPL Club   
    I really doubt the Ottawa group will play hardball and threaten to fold.  But they could theoretically take it that far.  I have no idea of the relationships there.  My feeling is that Ottawa prefers to join, CPL wants them, and so does the CSA.  But Ottawa wants to ensure if they go into this new venture, they will be the most advantageous position possible.  If they get to keep their players, they will be several steps ahead of other clubs.  If I'm the Fury I want that.
    I'd be very surprised if they don't all come to some kind of agreement.
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    Jason got a reaction from DrummingInMySleep in Ottawa CPL Club   
    From what I can see, the Fury has leverage that they are likely using on the CPL.  I'm sure they want to retain all of their players and do not want to lose some through whatever scheme the CPL uses to allocate players.  I'd guess that they'll try to negotiate the best possible terms for entry, and they can say they can stick in the more certain and stable USL if it doesn't work out.  The CSA ultimately decides on sanctioning a club and could block Ottawa staying in USL.  But if Ottawa really wants to play hardball, they can tell the CSA they couldn't agree to terms with the CPL and if they don't let them play in USL, they'll just fold.  Remember that before the CSA said they would not force FCE to leave NASL to join the CPL so it's possible they'd do the same with Ottawa.  
    I'd like to see Ottawa in CPL next year, but I'd rather have them in USL as opposed to folding.  And I'm guessing there is no other option for an 8th team for the CPL.  With this much time left, I can only imagine an existing club could be ready for 2019.
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    Jason got a reaction from DrummingInMySleep in CPL General   
    I also would prefer a lot less of this MLS voodoo as well.  But if there is going to be a salary cap in the CPL, there will probably be some of this sort of thing.  The only thing I'd like to see is the ability to trade cap space.  So if a last place club who is young and way under the cap could trade cap space (only for the remainder of that year) to a contending club I think that would be a good way for a good team to take an extra step short term.
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    Jason reacted to deschamp86 in Cavalry FC launch/2019 off season thread   
    Plus Moses Danto who had 11 goals in 10 games during the season
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    Jason reacted to MtlMario in Possible US based team (Spokane, Washington) in the CPL?   
    Depressing in a sense that the CPL is for Canadians and I don't see the point of talking about letting in American teams. We can do something right without American help thank-you very much. I've been waiting for a league like this for decades (I'm 63), and I don't want it any other way. Cheers.
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    Jason got a reaction from Red and White in CPL General   
    I really don't think Ottawa will be given much of a choice to stay in USL.  But on the bright side, why can't they sell the USL franchise to an ownership group that will relocate it south of the border?  USL expansion fees are $7 million US, so the value of an existing franchise is more than that.  Why not sell the franchise and in the agreement make sure some of the players you want to keep (mostly Canadians) will be transferred to the new Ottawa CPL team?  Perhaps a deal like this has already been done and everyone involved has signed non-disclosure statements until the end of the year.  I don't know the details of the franchise agreement the Fury have with the USL, but since they would not be crossing over to a rival league like NASL (some USL officials have  even expressed support for the CPL), you would think this would be a friendly breakup and the USL would allow them to get some value for their franchise through a sale.
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    Jason got a reaction from shamrock in CPL General   
    Yep, I expect Wheeldon will be moving over the pro club but ties with Foothills will remain.  Martin Nash is apparently involved as well.  Should be interesting to see who has what role but I kind of suspect Wheeldon will be in charge of soccer ops and Nash could be head coach.
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    Jason got a reaction from CDNFootballer in CPL General   
    It sounds like it won't be Foothills branding (at least for the pro club) which is good.  They need a new and inclusive name that the whole soccer community can rally around.  This has always been an issue with the Foothills PDL club.
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    Jason got a reaction from CrossCheck in CPL General   
    It sounds like it won't be Foothills branding (at least for the pro club) which is good.  They need a new and inclusive name that the whole soccer community can rally around.  This has always been an issue with the Foothills PDL club.
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    Jason got a reaction from LAK in CPL General   
    The Taylor Field scenario being mentioned prior to that friendly was being floated out there by Belan, who was involved in setting up that match.  I think it was being used as a measure to gauge for the market for CPL.  Once that friendly was done, Belan's group pretty much focused on Saskatoon.   I don't know why as the Regina friendly had decent attendance.  Although I'd speculate that maybe they realized that it would be a tough road in Regina if they didn't have Roughrider involvement.  
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    Jason got a reaction from LAK in CPL General   
    Yep, I don't think anyone else ever suggested it or even seriously considered it.  
     
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    Jason reacted to BuzzAndSting in CPL General   
    I don’t think we get anything other than “These 8 clubs were made members of the CPL.”
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    Jason reacted to BuzzAndSting in CPL General   
    Yes, not a huge surprise, it’s the CSA AGM. I imagine it will be similar to last year, these 8 will be announced as member clubs. Official team announcements will follow as per PBs schedule.
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    Jason got a reaction from johnyb in CPL General   
    I think it'll be hard to put a specific number on the break even, as it will be variable based on ticket pricing in market, control of other revenues, local corporate sponsorship, and league wide revenues (national sponsors, TV rights).  I think Steven Sandor mentioned last year that with FCE's (lack of) corporate sponsors, they needed 8000 to break even.  If corp $ increased, the crowd break even level would drop.  I suspect there is a number that is floated around by the league to investors and that is likely in the 5000-6000 range.
    I think it's not mentioned often here so I bring it up - one huge advantage the CPL will have is that they have the potential to get national sponsorships.  USL and NASL basically has no league wide corporate sponsorships - any corporate $ is generated by each team.  Every bit of $ matters at this level and it will undoubtedly help.
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    Jason got a reaction from Bbeto in CPL General   
    I think it'll be hard to put a specific number on the break even, as it will be variable based on ticket pricing in market, control of other revenues, local corporate sponsorship, and league wide revenues (national sponsors, TV rights).  I think Steven Sandor mentioned last year that with FCE's (lack of) corporate sponsors, they needed 8000 to break even.  If corp $ increased, the crowd break even level would drop.  I suspect there is a number that is floated around by the league to investors and that is likely in the 5000-6000 range.
    I think it's not mentioned often here so I bring it up - one huge advantage the CPL will have is that they have the potential to get national sponsorships.  USL and NASL basically has no league wide corporate sponsorships - any corporate $ is generated by each team.  Every bit of $ matters at this level and it will undoubtedly help.
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    Jason got a reaction from Alex D in CPL General   
    If I were the Halifax owners, I'd get the tentative announcement that the club is in for next year, pending the lease deal.  Go out and get season ticket deposits.  It will be very hard for gov't to say no if they have several thousand committed ticket holders.
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    Jason got a reaction from Rheo in CPL General   
    I think a CPL club is not going to have much profit to funnel for a while. More likely it's going to be losses that need to be absorbed.   
    Conflict of interest?  I don't get that.  More often than not, owners own more than one team across various sports.  Most of the time the issue is $.  I suspect the Bombers see the potential in this project, and also know that it will help fill stadium dates.  And they have the existing infrastructure (season ticket lists, sponsor relationships) and have deep enough pockets to withstand early losses.  If there was a true soccer lover in Winnipeg that was willing to pony up the cash to have a club, they could've done it by now.  USL and NASL would've taken anyone as long as their cheque cleared.  So the Bombers have stepped up. 
    Would you feel differently if it was the Jets instead of the Bombers owning the CPL club?
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    Jason got a reaction from Kent in Calgary Foothills 2018   
    I think Labbe is at a WNT camp right now and it was never planned for her to go to the UK.
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    Jason got a reaction from Red Renaissance in NASL Expansion for 2018   
    There is no chance the name would be usable - MLS would not give up the trademark to anyone, and especially not a NASL club.
    Hard to know if NASL would work right away - there's always a mourning period after losing a club and it would be hard to go in under those circumstances.  
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    Jason got a reaction from Obinna in List of potential Canadian Premier League Players   
    Now that I read this again I don't think I explained my thoughts clearly.  I meant marquee type players from whatever foreign country - not just Americans.  Sorry about that.
     
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