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    Levi Oakey reacted to ReedOnTheGrand in CPL Stadium Thread   
    Since there's been no official movement but lots of argument here do you non KW people want me to give you a tour of the rumored downtown locations? I've got nothing to do so i figured I could show you guys the locations, with the amount of work done there recently google maps/earth doesn't show what it actually looks like.
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    Levi Oakey reacted to ReedOnTheGrand in CPL Stadium Thread   
    Alright, I made a bit of a different video than what I originally said, however I still plan to do what I said I would. Sadly the video quality isn't great but I'll work on that for the main video I planned(I think I'll do it friday or next week). Anyways it should be up tonight and I'll throw up a link, hope it's informative/interesting. 
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    Levi Oakey got a reaction from Ivanovski94 in Canadians abroad: August 11-17, 2017   
    https://streamable.com/8z9k4
    No kidding.
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    Levi Oakey got a reaction from C2SKI in Canadians abroad: August 11-17, 2017   
    https://streamable.com/8z9k4
    No kidding.
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    Levi Oakey reacted to Nathanael Martin in New SeatoSea: Squizzato, Totera, and Milton   
    In this episode, we focused on media coverage of the league, although conversation was pretty fluid in which direction we went! http://www.northernstartingeleven.com/canada-soccer-sea-to-sea-podcast-season-2-episode-6/
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    Levi Oakey got a reaction from ReedOnTheGrand in CPL General   
    I've wondered about the Litts - Michael owns Vidyard, loves the area. 
    The other would be Ted Livingston. Own's KIK. Worth over 1b. Also a massive area booster.
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    Levi Oakey reacted to rob.notenboom in CPL General   
    Assuming none of Edmonton, Calgary, or Ottawa are not in the league at launch. 
    Paul Beirne made two very definitive statements just two weeks ago in Regina. He said the probability of a 2018 half season kicking off one week after the 2018 World Cup with six teams is better than 50% and that they're pretty sure who teams 7 & 8 will be (Sask being 7). He also said that if they feel they need to wait until 2019 to get it right they will. 
    I don't know if people on here have noticed, but there are several individuals who are in regular contact with people involved with the actual teams who have either completely abandoned this forum or have significantly reduced the amount they post. And I know from talking with some of them that they are quite fed up with the speculation based on nothing when there is real information out there for people willing to look. When someone posts that they have known personally for 20yrs one of the Halifax City Counsellors but that person's information is basically ignored, it should be little surprise that many in-the-know have said 'screw this'. Apologies for being so blunt folks but many of you should listen instead of constantly pulling out your own personal little hobby horses and riding them into the ground. 
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    Levi Oakey reacted to ChrisinOrleans in CPL General   
    Sure, it's the last place "American" companies set up shop. It's usually the first one European companies enter - especially because of the port, and the impact of the Montréal market nationally. I guess that is proving your point, since the CanPL is ostensibly an Anglophone company with very little understanding of Québécois (or even Acadian or Franco-Ontarien) business and culture. 
    However, it's not impossible to overcome the gap in soccer. The Ottawa Fury needed to attract some of the ~200,000 French-Canadians in Ottawa to come to their games, and they burned a few bridges early on by characterizing Joseph Montferrand as the Redblacks Mascot. However, the two supporters groups (the Bytown Boys and Stony Monday Riot) have gone out of their way to recruit Francophone supporters, promote French language social media, and fly the Franco-Ontarian flag at events. I will admit, it was mon beau drapeau that made me first attend an event at the stadium. While the experience could absolutely be improved, the announcers go out of their way to announce things in both languages, and their social media being offered in both. They also partnered with 94,5 Unique FM, a Franco-Ontarian radio station to broadcast games live. 
    This also is not a Québec issue either. Moncton, which is pretty much half and half (with the Acadian portion growing quickly) may struggle to attract Francophones if the Canadian flag is all that is on offer.  
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    Levi Oakey reacted to Rheo in Windsor Joins the CPSL   
    Wish DCFC were coming over to Windsor again this year.  Great bunch of people to hang with.  Really need my passport lol
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    Levi Oakey reacted to ChrisinOrleans in CPL new teams speculation   
    Alright, my first time posting as a Voyageur...
    Since this is about speculation, one of the things that I'd like to add to the discussion are the revenue numbers in Francophone media. Of the cities mentioned, several are below 500k in terms of population, and some have high unemployment rates and crashing slowing economies. However, in French-Canadian markets (or markets where Francophones constitute a major presence), there are some interesting stats regarding media penetration and competition. I posted this to Twitter about three weeks ago.

    These markets all have their own local Radio-Canada affiliate in French (except Kingston, which uses Ottawa's), a population of over 150k and with the exception of Saguenay and St. John's, very strong economies. For example, the current unemployment rate in Québec and Lévis is 5%, lower than the provincial and national average. It also have 8 - 10 major company headquarters in the city. That would make it the biggest and most important market in CanPL to date, if it accepts. 
    The main bonus though would be the media revenue. Radio-Canada has almost no competition for sports coverage, as Québecor (owners of TVA) make you pay separately for TVA Sports, and RDS (French TSN) is not standard on all packages, and does not cover the Impact at all. However, all French speakers, whether online, via TV or through their car's radio antenna, get Radio-Canada. From a major network perspective as well, Radio-Canada is one of the most watched networks in French markets, with much deeper market penetration than the CBC in English. 
    Currently, the CanPL has no penetration in French (literally, they haven't even bothered to translate the site... bèn voyons) and Francophones and french-speakers compose 30% of the country, with a population of around 10-million coast to coast. That's the size of Sweden! This is a market that lacks major sports coverage (TVA Sports shows high school sports, and Ultimate Frisbee as actual, legitimate sporting shows) and is ripe for the entry of some anchor teams in French markets.  
    If Regina is a serious option for the CanPL; I'd like to formally start blustering about three teams in the Québec marketplace; in Québec and Lévis (Stade Telus), Laval and the Rive-Nord (Collège Montmorency) and Gatineau (Parc Ernest-Gaboury - current home of FC Gatineau). Moncton is already here, so I'll skip Stade de Moncton.  
    Each of those cities currently has a PLSQ team, an academy structure, and a stadium, and very little media competition.  
     
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    Levi Oakey reacted to ReedOnTheGrand in CPL Stadium Thread   
    I've been pushing the idea of using the Field at (now destroyed) centennial stadium. It still has a grass field and is right beside the AUD(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitchener_Memorial_Auditorium_Complex) so there's lots of parking and it should be zoned properly already. It's also owned by the city and they've been trying to figure out what to do with it. It's not too far from a LRT station(about 5-10 minute walk), will be on the new Ottawa express bus line starting 2018 and is right off the expressway. Next time there's some sort of meeting it should hopefully be brought up. @Levi Oakey
    The city of Kitchener has also really been trying to fix the stiga around the downtown experience so having people organize large events close by the Kitchener downtown centre with be good for foot traffic(hitting a pub downtown then taking transit down to the stadium). It will also be a good advertisement for LRT which with all the controversy the region could really use.   
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    Levi Oakey got a reaction from Blackjack15 in CPL Stadium Thread   
    If this league has half the passions of this thread. It's a resounding success.
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    Levi Oakey got a reaction from Ivanovski94 in CPL General   
    Fun.
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    Levi Oakey got a reaction from MtlMario in CPL General   
    Fun.
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    Levi Oakey got a reaction from ironcub14 in CPL General   
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    Levi Oakey got a reaction from Rheo in CPL General   
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    Levi Oakey got a reaction from Alex D in CPL General   
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    Levi Oakey reacted to stevensandor in CPL General   
    Just wanted to reiterate what a good event it was last night in Regina. Outside of proprietary information about other owners — which, of course, needs to remain quiet — I thought Paul, Lee and Joe were very forthcoming with their answers. In a CanPL evolution that is plagued with rumours, it was great to have a chance to hear honest talk about where the league is at, and what the owners hope to achieve.

    Thanks to Rob and everyone who came out last night. 

     
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    Levi Oakey got a reaction from shamrock in Hanson Boakai   
    I hope that Boakai can make a big comeback. We look at players like Jamar Dixon and the 26 year journey he had to get into the picture. If Boakai can get his head down and work hard, there is no reason to believe that he couldn't be a great player. Hopefully the last couple of months were humbling enough to make him work hard and not give up.
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    Levi Oakey reacted to gator in Canada vs Jamaica Post Match Thread   
    Although I'm not sold on the idea of him being a starter, James made a difference against speedy forwards from Honduras and again tonight when he came on, Jak and Vittoria were exposed in the few times they did face pressure!
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    Levi Oakey reacted to jpg75 in Canada vs Jamaica Post Match Thread   
    A bunch of people need to chill out. We out played Jamaica for most of the match but couldn't handle their speed on the counter (and their goalie was really good). Lots of positives, but still lots to work on. 
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    Levi Oakey got a reaction from Fussball_eh in Hanson Boakai   
    I hope that Boakai can make a big comeback. We look at players like Jamar Dixon and the 26 year journey he had to get into the picture. If Boakai can get his head down and work hard, there is no reason to believe that he couldn't be a great player. Hopefully the last couple of months were humbling enough to make him work hard and not give up.
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    Levi Oakey reacted to Blackjack15 in Hanson Boakai   
    He's still only 20 years old, I believe he can turn his career around 
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    Levi Oakey got a reaction from coppercanuck in CPL Stadium Thread   
    I would suggest starting even smaller. Like the Franz-Kremer Stadion:

    http://stadiumdb.com/stadiums/ger/franz_kremer_stadion
    Seat's 1900, has the standing ring around to make it more explandable. Any of those sides could be upgrade as the stands fill.
     
     
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    Levi Oakey reacted to matty in Octavio Zambrano   
    OZ is officially the MNT's Best Coach this decade and he's only been on the job for 5 months~
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