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Everything posted by m-g-williams

  1. Just listening to Derek Martin on Global talking about the Island Games. If you skip ahead to 3:50, you'll hear him explain that "well have some exciting news in the next couple of days about a few other broadcast partners". By the time the matches kick off in 13 Aug, the CEBL's Summer Series will be over (Sidenote: If none of you have checked out their games on CBC, you should give it a shot. It presents as a pretty professional product on TV, and I find the quality/technique of the broadcast is looking much better than it was for the CPL last year). I know the CFL is worki
  2. 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 excit
  3. 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.
  4. 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 cance
  5. Thanks! I'd love to say that I was busy sleuthing for new CPL/One Soccer info, but this was 100% accidental. : P
  6. 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 ful
  7. 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!
  8. I can't say I've watched many of the recent OS videos, but this one has me intrigued.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Out of the loop? Evidently. Flabbergasted? Certainly. A cheap bastard? You can count on that. 😅
  14. Phew. Here's hoping they start selling it through the CPL shop soon.
  15. But at the end of the day, it's still just . . . a *ball*. Somethat designed to be kicked around, muddied up and put through the ringer. How different is a replica from the real thing to justify that kind of price difference? If this is the way of the world (which I still find ridiculous), then I sincerely hope they'll be selling replicas in short order. For the casual fan, I feel like this would be a bit of a shock. Sidenote: Recognizing that football is different than other sports, I checked the NBA and NHL online stores for prices of basketballs and pucks. There were a ton of hon
  16. Seriously? I mean . . . it's a *ball*. I desperately want the league to suceed, but realistically, the level of play, marketing, salaries, etc. for CPL will never be on the same level as the kind you see in the Bundesliga or among UEFA Champions League players. I just don't think we'll be able to build a rabid enough/large enough fanbase to make these kinds of sales viable. Hell, looking at the MLS website, you can get their 2020 NATIVO ball for $19.99. I'm all about supporting and promoting the league, but this seems insane to me. If I had kids, I'd love to buy them this sort
  17. Does this mean that the partnership with Nike is no more? Also, it's already for sale in the online store (win!) . . . for a staggering $149.99 (what in the hell?). I am sincerely hoping that this is a typo and that it's actually just $14.99. https://shop.canpl.ca/2020-cpl-official-match-day-ball-pre-order.html 😕
  18. Agreed. I think it would be great to have an East Coast rival for Halifax, as well as a Francophone rival for Quebec City. The location would draw fans not just from NB but also PEI, they have a perfectly sized stadium, and the economy of the city/region still seems to be doing quite well. Other teams in Moncton (Wildcats and Magic) tend to draw decently well as they're the biggest fish in a smaller pond. I think a team there could do well.
  19. Eh, it's not so bad. The A-League in Australia did that for years. Their solution was the 27 match set up, with alternating years. Half the league gets an extra home match one year, then the other half the next year.
  20. I was rather hoping that TD would be Y9's kit sponsor this year. They seem to be a major local sponsor for the club, and it already fits the colour palette pretty nicely.
  21. Not a new one per se, but I get the impression that this may signal that Westjet is investing more in the league. Becoming a sponsor for one than one team would suggest to me that they've had to pay for that ad space. Also, I noticed that the season schedule was "presented by Westjet" this year, when I don't recall there being any corporate sponsorship for this last year. I'm hoping that this means that Westjet liked what they saw last year and want to expand their partnership.
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