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Everything posted by m-g-williams

  1. Having Canadian sports media cover the league didn't surprise me one bit. Having mainstream news outlets do the same, sure. American news and sports outlets, I admit I was a bit surprised. But having a preeminent business magazine like Forbes actually take notice of the league, and only the day after? This is about as unexpected as the Spanish Inquisition.
  2. Considering we have the CFL and the CHL, it just strikes me as odd that we wouldn't also use CPL - like they do for the Twitter account. And I don't really see how it's vague. Pretty well every other Canadian league, institution and government body including a "C" in its abbreviation seems to do just fine and avoid any sort of confusion. I know that CanPL has been used much more widely, but it's always bugged me a little. As for the cricket league, isn't that CPLT20 or something to that effect? Again, I'm thrilled at the announcement (finally) and I can't wait to see things move fo
  3. I may be splitting hairs here, but are we supposed to be referring to this as the CanPL or the CPL? The website address uses the former, but the Twitter handle uses the latter. In any case, this is bloody fantastic news.
  4. We've heard numerous reports of deep-pocketed investors, many with relatively large, modern facilities, being involved in the launch of a national D1 soccer league. We've heard repeatedly that they are prepared to lose money in the beginning until the product on the field improves and they begin to recoup their investment. We've heard various statements from the CSA affirming their support and their work with relevant stakeholders. We've seen plenty of grassroots support from fans in cities across the country. Are there teams in other leagues that haven't jumped at the chance to join? Yes, and
  5. This is a complete straw man argument. I'm not saying you need to ignore reason or rationality in favour of faith, and neither is anyone else. Like I said, all the evidence points to people having learned from the past, so rationally it would make sense to be much more confident. Admittedly, we don't have the full picture yet, but everything that's come to light so far sends a very positive signal. For the aspects we don't yet know about, I think a bit of optimism is certainly not unreasonable. I get that MLS is a very stable league, and I can understand a certain inclination to hitch our
  6. And so has every other Canadian soccer fan and executive, which is why they seem to be so careful in identifying appropriate markets, sufficient investors and adequate facilities to make this viable. BBTB, we all get that these projects have failed before - but if every indication points to the CSA and others having actually learned from those experiences, why not just have a bit of faith? I suspect this isn't so much the CSA giving up as it is being practical. The US and Mexico have each shown interest in bidding, and they frankly have better developed soccer culture and infrastructur
  7. I'm still waiting for the announcement of the CFS Alert United.
  8. Hot off the presses from Rollins. Still listening, but we'll see what he says. https://sportspodcastingnetwork.com/2017/03/28/soccer-today-on-spn-march-28th-2017-canadian-premier-league-talk-and-usavpanama/
  9. I imagine they're perfectly in the loop on all of these details and very confident in what they presented, especially if they're going to be holding a public info session in a few days time. They probably just didn't want to publicly confirm the details as there hasn't been an official launch/announcement yet. Bettman was adamant in denying that the Thrashers were going anywhere, and just a few weeks later we had Winnipeg Jets 2.0. Why spoil your own 15 minutes of fame?
  10. I certainly hope that the Original Six included in the presentation - including FC Edmonton and Ottawa Fury - are in the CPL for the launch. Throw in Regina/Saskatoon, Victoria, Quebec City and Moncton as expansion teams and I think you've got a very solid looking league. On a sidenote, it looks like HRM realized that the presentation probably shouldn't have been publicly accessible just yet (not that anyone here is complaining). Now the link just gives a 404 message. http://www.halifax.ca/boardscom/SCcped/documents/ProposaltoCPED-WanderersGrounds.pdf
  11. It sounds to me like the GRU are the ones who'll be asking the questions around here.
  12. Should we be concerned that the Grand River supporters group just *happens* to share initials with Russia's chief military intelligence service? It's one thing for the Russians to get into the White House and try for l'Élysée, but infiltrating the CPL - this is a step too far.
  13. This is probably just wishful thinking, but here goes nothing.
  14. Agreed. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge history buff and I love celebrating the things that have contributed to Canada's story. But I just don't think that the crown would be right for this sort of thing. Other than that, very nicely done!
  15. I like the use of the Maple Leaf from the old RCAF roundel, but I'd definitely lose the crown. I don't know of any other sports league in Canada that uses the crown, so I don't see any reason to start with CPL. I can't see this sort of thing playing well among many Francophones, to say nothing of footie fans that have come from former British colonies with less than favourable views of the Brits. If we're going for a national league and trying to build a solid fan-base in short order, I'd see the crown as something to be avoided. In any case, to the best of my knowledge, you'd need permissi
  16. As long as there is a Maple Leaf and no crown, I think we'll be good.
  17. Realistically, I don't think that pro/rel is feasible for the CPL in Canada, at least not in the short- to medium-term. We're struggling enough as it is to establish a clear pathway in soccer development, and to get a solid, home-grown professional system. Including pro/rel would result in too much fluctuation, and with pro/rel generally not being used in North American sports leagues, I suspect most fans with misinterpret the movement of teams as league instability. I think the most realistic option would be to follow something along the Australian model: keep the top professional league a
  18. True, and that's what I was getting at by saying that the CPL should be able to at least limp along if the NBL can still operate under these conditions. I know we all want to avoid this sort of situation entirely and operate at a higher level, though. In any case, I think the CPL will do just fine. And on that note, apparently Montagliani has finally made something of an official statement on the CPL: http://www.torontosun.com/2016/02/16/montagliani-has-a-mountain-to-climb “We’ve had a report done. Now we’re having a specific business plan as it relates to the stake holders we’ve
  19. Just because it was mentioned as an example of something to avoid, here's a piece on the National Basketball League of Canada from the New York Times. It paints a pretty bleak picture of the league's status, though it does so largely through anecdotes and horror stories. The fact that the league has run for five years with marginal success is certainly concerning, though. On the flip side, you could also argue that if they're still operating in this state, we should be able to at least limp along with the CPL. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/14/sports/basketball/its-like-the-nba-minus-the-
  20. Peterson had an interview with TSN Corner Kicks yesterday and about 18:20, he discussed expansion by noting that in the next eight weeks or so there could be two new clubs finalized. He also mentioned (about 19:40) projected expansion sites in Canada - specifically, Hamilton, Winnipeg and Calgary. Thoughts? http://www.tsn.ca/radio/ottawa-1200/corner-kicks-march-24-2015-1.239542
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