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  1. I hate to engage in post-mortem equine flagellation, but I really don't see an option other than Lansdowne for a team. It's by far the best stadium in the city - best facilities, best location, best accessibility, best commercial area, etc. The baseball stadium is next to box stores and a highway, and no other plot of land anywhere near downtown is going to be developed and available for at least a decade (thanks a lot, Rendez-Vous Lebreton). We're not in a Halifax scenario here. Even the university stadia aren't exactly well-located - no real entertainment/dining/shopping district close enough to support either and encourage casual walk-ups. I know on paper the idea is simple enough, but it just doesn't seem to jive with reality here. People are used to Lansdowne now being the sports hub for the city, and that includes soccer. If a team plays anywhere but Lansdowne, it'll come off as second-rate and undermine the whole venture.
  2. The player awards I quite like, and the name of the CPL shield I think is perfect. The design of the latter, though . . .
  3. Oh, it's totally outside of my hands - I just can't wrap my head around how a league "For Canadians, by Canadians" ended up being a league "For Anglos, by Anglos". It's a shortsighted decision that sees the league shoot themselves in the foot among a lot of potential fans. Will people ultimately hop on the bandwagon? Of course they will. But the way the league has approached this is going to make it a lot more difficult than it needs to be. The Sens had the same problem here in Ottawa with Francos, as did the Fury. They've turned it around (to an extent), but only years later and after a lot of concerted effort. If people are already fretting over attendance numbers, One Soccer subscriptions, etc., not investing that little bit extra up front to ensure bilingual content only exacerbates the problem. I'm really not trying to argue with you, and certainly don't want to engage in post-mortem equine flagellation. If ever you're in Ottawa, give me a shout and we can continue the banter over a pint on me. (Though for the record, the "hysterical" comment is pretty uncalled for. "Exasperated" maybe, but not "hysterical")
  4. . . . No. : / In not being bilingual to begin with, the league has made a piss-poor impression with over one fifth of the Canadian population. That means a *significant* number of potential fans have already received the message that this league doesn't care about them. It's pretty damn hard to penetrate a market you've needlessly ignored/insulted. For all the reasons I've been explaining, this a horribly impractical business decision - you can't alienate a fifth of your potential fanbase and suddenly expect them to come around when it's convenient for you. That investment should have been made upfront in order to get the proper payoff. At bare minimum, it needs to be made now. The longer this goes on, the worse the return on investment will be.
  5. I think it should be like the A-League where one piece of silverware is given to the best overall record on the campaign and another is given to the winner of a playoff series. Annnnnnnnnnnd I also think that both should be custom designed and not stock items from Things Engraved.
  6. Not to get too bogged down, but the federal government has recognized this since day one. That's why there's a distinction between personal bilingualism (whether or not a given person can speak both languages) and official bilingualism (the requirement to offer federal government services in both languages). The former is obviously supported through different funds and programs, but everyone is conscious of the linguistic reality on the ground. No one questions that AB is overwhelmingly Anglo and QC is overwhelmingly Franco. Like you said, the reality of the current situation (I say "current" because there were historically much higher proportions of French-speakers in different parts of the country than there are today) is that the vast majority of the population is not bilingual. The latter is really what we're talking about here (I know this is a sports league and not the federal government, but where this is a supposedly "national" organization it's kind 0of seen the same way). Setting aside Canada's Indigenous Peoples (*not* because they do not matter, but to do that history justice would require a whoooooooole other conversation), the English and the French - and their descendants - were instrumental in creating what is now known as Canada. I don't think anyone would dispute the importance of that history, that contribution or that enduring legacy. Given that these are the two so-called "founding nations" (again, I am *not* denying Indigenous influence, just leaving that for another day), their legacies occupy fundamentally different places than any other group in Canada. Their languages, customs, legal systems - hell, even the way New France was farmed still impacts Canada today. Think of the English and French as primes inter pares. Given that this is the case, the preservation of these legacies is enshrined in our laws, our institutions and our constitution. The result is that, among other things, English and French language rights are fundamentally different than those of any other language in Canada. English is not treated the same as Spanish or Mandarin. French is not treated the same as Russian or Arabic. Canada as a political entity is officially and legally bilingual. You *cannot* make the comparison of "well, if you want it in X official language, what about A, B, C other language?". Canada is a multicultural country, but with two cultures that are treated differently than any other. The final thing I'll say for now (and this took me a long time to figure out) is that, by and large, Anglos and Francos in Canada tend to view language very differently. For Anglos, language is at least a tool, at most a window; you can use it to communicate information, or go a little further and use it to learn new information about a people or culture. For Francos, language is *the fundamental expression of Francophone heritage and the most critical means of preserving that heritage for future generations*. Speaking, writing in, listening to, reading - "living" in French is the means by which Canada's circa 8 million Francos ensure they don't get assimilated by the more than 360 million Anglos that surround them in North America. Receiving information in French is fundamental to supporting the French legacy in the continent. I know that there are a lot of diverging opinions on how French-language content is viewed, and fair enough. But if anything, I'd just want people to recognize that having a purported "national" league ignore the millions of desecndants of those who were instrumental in building this country does not go over well. Excusing it as a business decision when NGOs and non-profits with far less money are still able to get the job done is not only seen as ********, it's seen as an outright slap in the face. If we're all truly serious about getting more publicity for the league, it has to start with French-language content. Point final. : )
  7. No offence @Lofty, but this is fundamentally the problem. For most Anglos, whether or not services are offered in French is viewed as a financial decision. If the money's there/if there's an obvious return on investment, then sure; if not, too bad (see Doug Ford and his French-language fiasco last year). For Francos, it's viewed as a matter of respect and equality. In a bilingual country where the two official languages have equal status, anything truly national in scope should offer its services in both languages. Anything less is just insulting - and I wholeheartedly agree. For a new league to repeatedly say that it's national in scope, wants teams across the country and that Quebec is a top priority, they have to demonstrate that by offering content in both languages. Articles, videos, podcasts, Tweets, you name it. Otherwise, you're just paying lip-service. "Sure, we want you to be involved . . . but we're just not going to put in any real effort until we need to." That doesn't sell. A lot of people on this forum have been commenting on the need for better publicity/market penetration for the league to build support and interest. Absolutely no one questions the need to get the league more TV and web/sports news exposure, the importance of improving One Soccer's quality and availability to the Canadian population, or the need to embrace grassroots supporters and send the message that this league is for them (and all Canadians). Think of how frustrating it is to see where the league is on these fronts compared to where they could be. And now, think of how infuriating/insulting it is to so many people that the league hasn't even gone a tenth that far with Francophones. How is it that we can be so obsessed with visibility and media exposure when people accept that ignoring over one fifth of the country is somehow alright? The final thing I would say is this: offering services/content in both languages does not incur the insanely prohibitive cost people seem to think it does. I work in government for God's sake, and I'm very much aware of the costs incurred. Considering the number of online content contributors/back-room staff they already have at the CPL, they can easily afford to hire an extra staff member/translator to make sure they're getting the message out in both languages. Hell, just look at Canada Soccer. The translation quality isn't always the best, but all of their content, products and communications are *always* available in both languages. Canada Soccer, a not-for-profit organization, has figured out how to make this work. A Goddam business is should be more than capable of doing the same. If the CPL is able to fly all of the head coaches plus the Commissioner to Italy just to look at jerseys, then they damn well better prioritize more important things like engaging with all Canadians. The league needs to get its ass in gear and proactively improve its French-language content. It's already made a bad first impression with a lot of Francophones (especially Francophone media); they *need* to fix this *now*. P.S. Also, for the record, it's better to look at hard numbers of Francos in Canada rather than percentages in order to get the full picture. A small percentage of people in Ontario still translates into a lot of people. QC - 6,400,000 NB - 240,000 ON - 570,000 BC - 87,000 AB - 72,000 MB - 46,000
  8. I'd love to go to a viewing party in Ottawa, but given our . . . unique circumstances, I don't know if any pubs in the city are showing it. Anyone with some inside info?
  9. I'd love to see something unique like the hardware used for Ligue 1 or the A-League (I also thing they should do one piece for the top overall team on the full season and one piece for the winner of the finals). If it's just another generic cup with the Stanley Cup, Grey Cup, Vanier Cup, etc. then I'd see it as a missed opportunity.
  10. If you honestly do want the totality of Canadian pro soccer to succeed, you sure have a weird damn way of showing it.
  11. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I do not see any realistic path to having a successful CPL club in Ottawa that doesn't involve Fury FC. They're well-established, reasonably well supported, and have a lock on the best venue in the city. Any team that tries to compete against that is going to look bush-league in comparison. The one thing I would be caustiously optimistic about regarding this new rumour is whether or not they're actually looking to buy the Fury and move them to CPL. OSEG seems less than sold on the Fury anyway, so this could be a win-win scenario. OSEG can sell off the Fury and lease the stadium access rights to a new ownership group, who then get an established brand with a perfect venue competing in our league. I'm hopeful, but skeptical.
  12. This is what I'm wondering, especially with the "terrasses" comment. My guts tells me he's working now working with those trying to get a club in Montreal or Quebec City.
  13. Just to be clear, you finally had a moment of clarity/self-awareness and intentionally pointed that comment at your own avatar, right?
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