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  1. Some more info on the MEDIAPRO partnership with the CEBL: https://mediaprocanada.tv/en/news/MEDIAPRO_Canada_selected_as_exclusive_supplier_for_all_CEBL_games "MEDIAPRO Canada will produce seven games, including the semi-finals and the final, for live broadcast on the CBC, Canada’s national public broadcaster, as well as the remaining 19 games which will be carried live and on-demand on CBC GEM, the corporation’s streaming service, available across all connected devices The company will supply all the technical facilities, production crew and transmission services to bring exciting live CEBL basketball coverage from the 2020 Summer Series, which will be held at the Meridian Centre in St Catharines, Ontario, and is distributing live and highlights rights to the Series to broadcasters around the world. MEDIAPRO Canada will use AutomaticTV, the group’s proprietary Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven fully automated sports production system, to produce High Definition live multi-camera coverage of the 19 games for CBC GEM – marking the first time the technology has been used in Canada. AutomaticTV offers a unique multi-camera broadcast quality production solution with a 60 frames-per-second 1080p rate, allowing rights-holders to maximize their investment and generate new revenue streams." I didn't realize that they had integrated AI into their media production. Nifty.
  2. Fair point. Depending on where they end for this proposed tournament (I'm really hoping it's Westhills), I guess they'd only have to travel there and back at the beginning and end.
  3. Not directly CPL related, but I did come across an interesting piece on the financial impacts of COVID-19 on the CFL. Some tidbits: -President of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) publicly acknowledges that all CFL teams will lose money this year - and that most CFL teams lose money even in a good year. -OSEG president also acknowledges that ticket sales are still the largest source of revenue for the league. -League Commissioner had asked for a $30M bail-out from the federal government earlier this year, and sees that ballooning to $120M if the season is cancelled entirely. Given that this is only year two for the CPL and it's a much smaller operation, I'm cautiously optimistic that the league won't be hit quite as hard as the CFL (sort of a "the bigger they are, the harder they fall" concept in reverse). Travel, accommodations, and other logistical hurdles would be at least somewhat comparable I'm sure, but I'm hoping the lower salaries and smaller operation overall will make it easier for the CPL owners/investors to absorb the losses.
  4. Thanks! I'd love to say that I was busy sleuthing for new CPL/One Soccer info, but this was 100% accidental. : P
  5. I was poking around on the Canadian Elite Basketball League site earlier to get some details on their CBC broadcast partnership. In doing so, I stumbled across this little tidbit: "MEDIAPRO Canada has been selected to produce live coverage of all 26 games, supplying all technical facilities, production crew, and transmission services. It will use eight cameras, including two netcams, to deliver live coverage of seven games, including the openers, the semi-finals and the final, for nationwide broadcast on CBC, and will also debut AutomaticTV, the MEDIAPRO Group’s proprietary AI-driven fully automated sports production system, to produce High Definition live multi-camera coverage of 19 games for CBC Gem – marking the first time the technology has been used in Canada. MEDIAPRO Group produces live coverage of more than 12,000 events around the world each year through its 58 offices on four continents. In the CEBL Summer Series each club will play the other once in a round robin competition. The team with the worst record will be eliminated and the remaining six will be seeded into a bracket. The third and sixth seeds, and the fourth and fifth seeds, will face each other for the right to advance to the semifinals against the first and second-seeded teams. The title game is set for August 9." I just assumed that CBC would be producing the content in addition to airing it, but apparently that's not the case. Hopefully this is a good sign for MEDIAPRO and they'll manage to secure similar contracts for leagues like the LHJMQ, OHL and WHL. https://www.theblackjacks.ca/canadian-elite-basketball-league-cbc-sports-announce-schedule-for-cebl-summer-series
  6. Thought: With the Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021 and most other major sporting events cancelled/postponed, it would seem to me that the CBC has lost a lot of its intended summer sports programming. If the CPL can get things moving again (sometime in July, I would hope), I wonder if this would create an opportunity to expand the relationship with CBC. The network fills some of its empty slots (possibly a lot, depending on if they'd have an interest in picking up any of the One Soccer original programming), and the CPL gets a ton of exposure. Win-win!
  7. I can't say I've watched many of the recent OS videos, but this one has me intrigued.
  8. Going out on a limb here: no one else has been contacted about season tickets yet, have they? I imagine this has been put on hold until things clear up, but just want to make sure I don't miss anything.
  9. Truth be told, I'm actually really happy they did away with the stand behind the goal and moved the supporters section back to the south side. I always found that having the supporters right there with the rest of the fans really boosted the atmosphere and made everyone feel more involved. Instead of just watching the match, it was like you were that little bit more a part of it.
  10. No one's actually been contacted yet about season tickets, hey? I know it says to expect that in mid-March . . . but I don't want to wait.
  11. Bingo. I've never kicked a match quality ball in my life, hence my shock. And I dare wager that a lot of casual fans and parents never have, either. I get that this appeals to/is normal for the diehards among us, but I am concerned that without replica options via the CPL shop that this may strike a lot of people as too much.
  12. Out of the loop? Evidently. Flabbergasted? Certainly. A cheap bastard? You can count on that. 😅
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