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    Gopherbashi reacted to IAmPappy in CPL General   
    Just to be clear, that was all tongue-in-cheek. Just saying, be careful what you ask for. I’m a believer in leveraging technology, but cautiously. Officiating decisions should be immediate and permanent. Perhaps the answer is, like basketball, get more officials on the field. 
    PS: For those that watched the Man City - Spurs game today, perfect example. Why the hell is a PK being called 30+ seconds after the referee allowed play to continue? If technology isn’t helping refs make those decisions live, then put more refs on the pitch or let the damn game go. Sorry, rant over. And totally off topic. 
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    Gopherbashi reacted to Initial B in Ottawa CPL Club   
    Go away for a week...
    Pardon me if I'm a little wary and gun-shy. I remember how NASL loved Rayo Vallecano being involved with Rayo OKC and that went south very quickly. 
    That said, I still haven't received a refund on my Fury Season Ticket Deposit for 2020, so maybe this has had legs for longer than I thought.
    I can't imagine JdG *not* being involved in the FO in some form (preferably as an Assistant GM) due to his years spent playing in Spain and could act as a bridge/translator for the several incoming young U-23 players from their Academy (and I'm sure Atletico would parachute in their own GM/Sporting Director and Coach). There are a couple of ex-Fury players still in the area, so they could easily flesh out a team that might not be pretty, but the quality to price ratio of the transplanted Atletico players should shine through.
    I was just about to put down season tickets for the new Ottawa CEBL team, but if this goes through, that's where I'm putting my money instead. I'll mourn the Fury, but I'm an Ottawa Supporter and that's what I'll do for the new team. And Red and White (hopefully with a little bit of black trim) is very appropriate for the Capital of Canada.
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    Gopherbashi reacted to Watchmen in Ottawa CPL Club   
    Atletico Ottawa is an awful name, and people on here should be ashamed for supporting it.  Especially after the big stink people made over hating "FC" or "City".  You can say that it's part of the Madrid branding, but it's entirely likely that at some point they depart as owners (I'm not even saying that in a negative sense. Ownership changes all the time in all leagues.)  At which point you're left with.....Real Salt Lake, a name and colour scheme originally chosen because they were going to be affiliated with Real Madrid.
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    Gopherbashi reacted to toontownman in Ottawa CPL Club   
    👍Thought that was probably what you meant! Either way it is a huge club that will bring exposure and resources into the league. 
    I can see peoples worries about them potentially bailing if things get tough but I don't know this would be different with a Canadian owner either. That is up to the CPL bigwigs to vet potential ownerships and make sure they are in for the long haul. Biggest difference is the expansion fee to join the league, running of the club etc.. will be nothing to a club the size of Atletico.
    In comparison to starting an MLS team or a team in another bigger league somewhere else in the world, this will be very cheap and likely reasonably straight forward to run. The way the league is set up and operates is much more natural to them than the MLS would have been. 
    I am excited for what the ownership can also bring to the league in terms of experience and resources. There is much the league and other clubs/ownership could potentially gain from the experience this ownership would bring. 
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    Gopherbashi got a reaction from toontownman in Ottawa CPL Club   
    Sorry, you are correct.  I should have specified reserve league rather than development league.
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    Gopherbashi reacted to CanSuffer in Ottawa CPL Club   
    Ottawa CPL 2020 =  Ott v York9 road trip for me too. 
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    Gopherbashi got a reaction from Rattler280 in Ottawa CPL Club   
    The other concern I have is how much independence this club will have from Atletico.  Others will know better than I would about how things stack up with their network of other clubs.
    A lot of effort has gone into avoiding the appearance of a development league.  It would be a shame if this Ottawa side essentially turned out to be a development club.
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    Gopherbashi got a reaction from The Real Marc in Ottawa CPL Club   
    The one big concern I have is how committed Atletico will be to this project if it doesn't meet their expectations.  Most other clubs in this league have their success (and the success of the league) as their main focus; for Atletico this is more of a side gig.  OSEG support seemed to be a great thing for the Fury Academy and the Fury Women's side, but look how quickly that dried up when things got tough.  Hopefully Atletico isn't too quick to take their ball and go home if things go sideways.
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    Gopherbashi got a reaction from MM3/MM2/MM in Ottawa CPL Club   
    The other concern I have is how much independence this club will have from Atletico.  Others will know better than I would about how things stack up with their network of other clubs.
    A lot of effort has gone into avoiding the appearance of a development league.  It would be a shame if this Ottawa side essentially turned out to be a development club.
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    Gopherbashi reacted to Ansem in Ottawa CPL Club   
    0% chance he's the GM or involved. He missed a massive opportunity to keep his opinion to himself
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    Gopherbashi reacted to Cblake in Ottawa CPL Club   
    It will be interesting to see who the local partners are , those that will actually be managing the team? Wonder if OSEG could be involved from a sales and marketing aspect, collecting a management fee?  Can not see Athletico running it from Spain.
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    Gopherbashi reacted to m-g-williams in Ottawa CPL Club   
    Not going to lie, I'll be sad to see the Fury brand go if that turns out to be true. It's a known quantity in the community and certainly built a name for itself these last few years. I'll never forget cheering on the Fury during their 2014 friendly against Rangers, or their 2015 NASL semi-final against Minnesota United. This is the club that really helped me embrace local football and got me so passionate about growing the game in Canada through the CPL.
    Despite the immense anger I have with OSEG and JDG over the nonsense last year, I was really hoping I could keep cheering for my club. Sigh. 
    Now then, back to my tempered enthusiasm for a return to pro footie in Ottawa while trying not to get my hopes up again only to have them dashed aside. 
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    Gopherbashi reacted to Ansem in Ottawa CPL Club   
    With the owner being a La Liga club, Ottawa just became the HOTTEST destination for players eager to use this club to impress and hope to go to Europe
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    Gopherbashi reacted to The Real Marc in CPL new teams speculation   
    Still feels too high though 
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    Gopherbashi reacted to youllneverwalkalone in CPL new teams speculation   
    Re: $9m Valuation for new clubs
    I heard new Caps CEO Mark Pannes on the radio today. He was talking about the potential for a huge pay day for MLS in 2022 when all their media rights come up. He was saying that the value of a professional club is based primarily on these rights. He used the Boston Celtics as an example (I think because they don't own their own building). He said throw away all the titles, all the history. It's all about the rights.
    So I looked into this a bit. Forbes values the Celtic at 2.2b. Their local rights are worth $36m per season until 2038, say $648m. The national right are about $84m till 2025, say $433m. I assume there are more streaming, international, and other rights out there I couldn't find.
    But if there are 7 partners in CSB and CSB has a $200m media contract, you'd think a share of this for $9m might be a deal. Or put another way, it might be a window into how much of the MediaPro deal is cash, versus assumption of expenses to produce the matches. 
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    Gopherbashi reacted to IAmPappy in CPL new teams speculation   
    THIS ^^^^^
    The most underrated post of the week. Refreshing. Imagine, doing a little homework to get some quantitative backing for your hypothesis, rather than “$9M just feels too high”. Thank you!
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    Gopherbashi got a reaction from Kent in CPL new teams speculation   
    I've lost interest in anything that comes out of Clanachan's mouth on the expansion front.
    Heard enough of the same from Bill Peterson during the NASL days.  Clanachan hasn't shown himself to be any more reliable.
    I'll believe it when there's a formal announcement.  Until then, it just seems like hot air.
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    Gopherbashi got a reaction from grande in CPL new teams speculation   
    I've lost interest in anything that comes out of Clanachan's mouth on the expansion front.
    Heard enough of the same from Bill Peterson during the NASL days.  Clanachan hasn't shown himself to be any more reliable.
    I'll believe it when there's a formal announcement.  Until then, it just seems like hot air.
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    Gopherbashi got a reaction from Watchmen in CPL new teams speculation   
    I've lost interest in anything that comes out of Clanachan's mouth on the expansion front.
    Heard enough of the same from Bill Peterson during the NASL days.  Clanachan hasn't shown himself to be any more reliable.
    I'll believe it when there's a formal announcement.  Until then, it just seems like hot air.
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    Gopherbashi got a reaction from Rattler280 in CPL new teams speculation   
    I've lost interest in anything that comes out of Clanachan's mouth on the expansion front.
    Heard enough of the same from Bill Peterson during the NASL days.  Clanachan hasn't shown himself to be any more reliable.
    I'll believe it when there's a formal announcement.  Until then, it just seems like hot air.
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    Gopherbashi got a reaction from PaulV in CPL new teams speculation   
    I've lost interest in anything that comes out of Clanachan's mouth on the expansion front.
    Heard enough of the same from Bill Peterson during the NASL days.  Clanachan hasn't shown himself to be any more reliable.
    I'll believe it when there's a formal announcement.  Until then, it just seems like hot air.
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    Gopherbashi reacted to Ansem in Ottawa CPL Club   
    I doubt CPL wants anything to do with OSEG until they explain what they meant by "being held hostage" comment.
    Time to move on. 
    All I need to know is that OSEG would make TD place available for a CPL club if there was one.
    That's all that matters.
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    Gopherbashi reacted to Kent in CPL new teams speculation   
    I think I can guess what he will say about expansion.
    1. Lots of interested parties
    2. At various different levels of progress
    3. Stadiums are the biggest stumbling block.
    And maybe he makes some comment about hoping to announce something "soon" or "early next year" or he might even say "within 30 days". But like I said before, until there is a countdown on canpl.ca, those vague promises won't convince me
     
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    Gopherbashi reacted to youllneverwalkalone in CPL General   
    If we're going through the WCQ consolation round, there will be lots of opportunities for CPLers.
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    Gopherbashi reacted to sajc in CPL new teams speculation   
    https://www.online-stopwatch.com/timer/5day/
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