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  1. In a global pandemic where almost everyone in spectator sports is losing heaps of money, the stuff that pays the bills get prioritized and everything else gets put on the backburner, if not cancelled. No different from hockey's IIHF who just recently announced that all their youth tournaments are being cancelled except for the World Juniors (U-20) in Edmonton. Surprise, surprise, it's the cash cow that gets the TV money. The MLS is just trying to pay the bills and satisfy the TV contracts with their regular season. The CPL is keeping in the public eye and generating content for Mediapro with the Island Games. Sad reality is that few people really care about the Canadian Championship and it pays the bills for no one. It will get played 'someday' but not at the expense of other games that actually do have a more tangible financial impact. Who knows if and when the CONCACAF tournaments will be played. International travel is not going to get easier for a while. In 2021, World Cup qualifying will probably be a priority along with once again, the domestic club seasons. Makes no sense to be upset at people who are just trying to keep solvent and keep their leagues' head above water.
  2. https://cfldb.ca/faq/compensation/ This indicates that the CFL pays Canadian dollars.
  3. Just as the USL average is skewed upwards by a few really successful franchises, it is also skewed downwards by the reserve teams. The average attendance for independent, non MLS-owned, USLC teams in 2019 was 5497. Whether the CPL attendance is equivalent or not is neither here nor there as it appears that the league is divided into three teams that have solid attendance that is a good start to build upon, and the rest that range from middling but with an upper range that is encouraging, to obviously unsustainable and needing attention. It will be interesting to see what happens in Year 2. Also worth pointing out that Ottawa and Edmonton have shown that you can't just expect attendance to automatically increase because the team has been around and established in the community. It's really hard work to increase attendance with any sport at this level. Montreal managed to accomplish it when they were in the USL and routinely attracting 10K+ but that's the second largest city in the country.
  4. I think that's a safe assumption. The Ottawa Fury have over 18000 followers on Twitter, so simply being around for a long time seems to push up those numbers.
  5. One reason why they might want to continue to expand is to create conferences or divisions. Travel has to be one of the big cost centres in the league and if they can increase the number of games that can be travelled to on a bus, and decrease the cross-country flights, that's going to go a long ways to cutting costs.
  6. Given that those are the colours of the Montreal Canadiens, I would hope no one would ever say that. It's the white and red stripes that make it a bit American-looking, then add the blue (rather than the traditional Ottawa black). Not really in love with it myself, but it will do.
  7. Yikes. If she hadn't got that rebound I might have thought that Canada was cursed. Keep going!
  8. Why would they step in here when they haven't stepped in elsewhere in the world where teams continue to play across boundaries because there is no comparable league in their own jurisdiction? The Fury situation is not really a good parallel. Are there any examples that might match with the Canadian MLS teams?
  9. No idea what the legalities are, but their former team in India changed their name once Atletico were out of the picture. I would imagine both sides might prefer this. Part and parcel of the risk when you name a team based upon a "brand", not much different than if the team was named "Ottawa Toyota FC" or something like that.
  10. I guess it depends on what you would define as 'major league' as it could be a lot of different things. Jamaica has a team in the Round of 16 in the 2020 CCL, and I wouldn't define them as 'major'. I'd probably only define MLS and Mexico as major leagues, but if the CPL could get a team into the quarter finals of the CCL on a semi-regular basis then I'd say it would be a significant player in the region.
  11. Ok, gotcha. I agree. They might have initially had grand visions of local ownership in all markets and kept the MLS owners out for fear that the teams would be viewed as reserve teams, but have since found that there are a shortage of local owners (viz. OSEG) but easier money from overseas. If people get used to the idea of teams owned by bigger clubs, then maybe they can draft guidelines that would allow MLS ownership like MLSE in, but with appropriate firewalls to prevent the team from being TFCII.
  12. What do they not allow the Canadian MLS teams to do?
  13. So clubs only negotiate on "intangibles" and not money? I wonder who decides on what the player is worth in these pre-contracts?
  14. It's all kind of ridiculous. Last year Y9 assistant Carmine Isacco said that TFC loanees would be much better off if they developed in the CPL rather than at Ottawa Fury. Should that impact Isacco's ability to land a job in the USL at some point in the future? As my old boss used to say, "Everyone is in Sales".
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