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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 w
  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 Y
  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".
  15. One advantage to playing this year might be around public perception around the viability of sports teams in Ottawa. People here are pretty jaded about the industry having lost so many teams in so many sports and with others that still exist, like the Senators, struggling. The current CPL rumours have been posted online and there are already lots of snarky comments from locals about how long this team will last before going under like all the others. If they wait a year, and introduce the team with completely new branding, it could appear to many outside of the hardcore fans that this is
  16. Definitely a hybrid model with elements of both and definitely not the MLS. Seems very similar to a traditional North American model like the NHL or CFL. Things like broadcasting, sponsorships, uniforms etc. are central (and some scouting and draft too apparently). Expansion fee (or, franchise fee, if you prefer) to join the party.
  17. Yes, we really know next to nothing about the contract and the money involved. The league has taken non-transparency to the next level, which is their right of course. We can only infer things from what's actually happening. So far, the investment has resulted in zero people signing on the dotted line. This can all change, so it will be a while before we know for sure. If they get credible business people to hop on the bandwagon then they can show it to be a good investment; if no one signs on or if we find out that they have to drop the expansion fee to a much smaller amount then it might amo
  18. Travel costs are always an issue for Newfoundland sports teams. They have a constant revolving door of hockey teams...AHL, ECHL, Junior. Teams are often required to subsidize the travel costs of the rest of the league which is a huge barrier to entry.
  19. They could have easily been grandfathered into USL and let be. It's not like they were going to be trying to poach Quebec City and other markets into the USL, they were the only team in the league and there was not going to be any others, the same way that Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver are in MLS and there are not going to be any others. If the CPL is going to expand at the rate that they keep claiming then it would be obvious over the next five years that the Fury would be better off in the CPL and nature would take its course. Instead Ottawa has neither league and there are Canadians like
  20. Seems like we're in a bit of a bubble for major sports franchises. You see NBA, MLB and NFL teams going for multiple billion dollars and people are hoping they're getting in early on the MLS. Time will tell whether it was a good investment or not.
  21. We'll find out the moment someone is willing to pay for one; for the moment, no one has valued it that high. MLS franchises are apparently worth that much.
  22. Apparently A-OK with the CSA. Professionalism all around, I see.
  23. An "incomplete application". Right. Probably just forgot to check off the "Do you want correspondance in English or French" box.
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