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  1. 3 hours ago, SpursFlu said:

    VAR in England sucks because they use it for too much. In other leagues you'll watch an entire game and not even realize VAR is being used. Shouldn't be used in judgement calls. I don't need to go from one person's judgment to the next person's judgement. Life isn't perfect and life isn't fair, just get on with it. It's only a soccer game

    Totally. In MLS they say it's for "clear and obvious errors" but that's not the way it's working out in implementation.

    Makes me think that maybe you have 3 VAR refs who simultaneously and independently look at all the angles. They have some kind of time limit like 60 seconds. Then they must make a vote : yes, no, or not sure. They only interrupt the ref -- and the game -- if they are unanimous in their decision. Their unanimous decision overrides the on-field ref. He doesn't get a look, or input, or a say in it.  This might be a way to enforce "clear and obvious" or avoid going from one judgement to another as SpursFlu said.


  2. 16 hours ago, downtownordinary said:

    Since a neutral location for the start of the season is a television product Van Isle and Winnipeg have to be the front runners.  The track at the Moncton Stadium would really hurt the TV product.  

    Has the lighting been improved at Westhills? If not then Winnipeg is the clear front runner in my mind.

    Track hurts when there's live fans in the stands, but don't see it hurting an empty stands television product. It looks to be natural grass too. That would be fantastic for the players.

  3. 3 hours ago, SpursFlu said:

     I think CPL should be back playing. Making money where they can and building awareness for the league. It's kinda simple in my books

    Well, it's illegal right now. If they tried they would be met with outrage and condemnation. Doing lasting and permanent damage to their reputation and all the work they are doing to build a long-term trusted reputation in the community.

  4. 1 hour ago, top cheese said:

    What’s the direction of a sask cpl franchise would it be in Regina / Saskatoon or both. I just wonder if that new football stadium in Regina would benifit from another tennent 

    Prairieland Park will be the stadium if and when it happens. Most recent Premier Podcast has a great interview with Joe Belan giving a thorough update of all things Sask CanPL. From that interview he makes it clear they are working on making it happen at Prairieland Park



  5. 4 hours ago, Unnamed Trialist said:

    Wrong. And also a bit racist, since you seem to think a statement made in Spanish does not have credence.

    An accidental leak doesn't have 100 % credence. Compare that with the commish stating it and canpl website writing it up which would be 100 % credence. Ok, less than 100 % for all the cynical people out there. For instance, the leaked statement is not going to clarify what is included and not included in the cap, or if it's currently not yet finalized and still under discussion.

    Yes, I get that this forum is full of rumour and innuendo. Just trying to point out how we stray at times.  ... I could of picked a better example than this of being way off base.

  6. 1 hour ago, Ozzie_the_parrot said:

    We had the $CAN 750k number confirmed by Atletico Madrid's president (?) in a recent interview. It's long been rumoured by people with inside contacts that $CAN 750k was the cap prior to that, so that didn't come as a surprise. There has been talk that there is also a floor player salary spend of $650k with not all the teams (the Valour tend to get mentioned here) spending up to the cap last season. We know there is also a separate salary cap for the coaching staff with scope for some double dipping between the two pots of money by player-coaches, which may explain Thomas Nef's higher 800k number.

    "Long been rumoured"

    "There has been talk"

    "We know" (without reference)

    You are making my point for me.

    I will grant that the hardest data point is the Athletico Ottawa owner making a slip-up in Spanish and not repeating it in English. Still we don't know what his definition of cap is.

    I'm not saying either that some of the speculation is totally unreasonable. Just don't like the fast and free interchange of the non-credible with the credible.

  7. 5 hours ago, Ozzie_the_parrot said:

    At one point Ottawa sources were claiming the cap was only 500k. Think it's safe to assume now that they were using a USD number because 500k rather than $CAN 750k bolstered ...........

    We don't know definitively what the salary cap is -- or even how it's defined. There's lots of back-of-the-envelope calculations, unauthoritative quotes and comments, etc. But its all speculation.

    As far as speculation goes, personally, I put very little weight behind what a disgruntled Fury organization may have suggested   ...

  8. On 2/29/2020 at 2:01 PM, Ansem said:


    Some guy I've never heard of and they say outright that it's a rumour and they seem to imply that they will all be identical and entirely black but it's not clear if it's really different individual styles of mostly black or mostly dark....

    Sorry, I'm not wasting my time getting upset about this.

  9. I feel like last year they didn't pay enough attention to the lightness or darkness of the kits.  2 kits from different teams may appear in a show room to be very different because they are, for example, bright purple and bright blue. However, on the field when the players are using periphery vision and are moving fast and the bright sun is washing everything out, the eye will pick out the relative lightness versus darkness before it has time to notice anything else.  Imagine you are watching the game on a black and white tv : two different colours might appear equally grey. I feel like some of the combinations of away and home kits last year would have been hard for the players. All black away kits would probably help with this quite a bit -- even though it may or may not be pleasing design. Having said that, there are still plenty of dark colours you can choose from too ...


  10. 5 hours ago, Ozzie_the_parrot said:

    So the stadium renovations start on Sep 10th. Could make things interesting on playoff venues for Y9. Hopefully unmarked fieldturf is going to be involved given the York Lions gridiron team are going to be playing there in future.

    McNabb actually said that the some of the preliminary construction work was slated to begin starting Sep 10 at the earliest and that they had to avoid that time in the scheduling. Implying that construction schedule wasn't totally confirmed yet.

  11. 1 hour ago, Unnamed Trialist said:

    This then partially confirms what we have suspected: there is a sort of entry draft for expansion teams.

    Not sure what "this" is, but I don't know about any "sort of entry draft". All the teams seemed to have operated with a gentleman's agreement to respect each others geographical territories and not unnecessarily harm or raid each other. Certainly in the first year. You can see already that they are feeling free to restrict themselves less in year two. But all the teams want the league to succeed and it seems are willing to cooperate where ever they can as long as it doesn't mean giving up anything.


  12. STH working in Mississauga, so getting to York Lions is trickier for me. However, I've got flexibility with work and can arrange my 4-day week differently if necessary. So, it should be fine. After that, am looking forward to the Friday night games because it will free up more time on busy weekends.

    Expecting this Friday-laden sched to help attendance, if only because no TFC conflicts. Personally, with CPL now here, TFC has completely dropped off the radar for me, but not so probably for most of the TFC/CPL crowd.


  13. 19 minutes ago, m-g-williams said:

    I'd be curious to see if any CPL clubs would play in the summer series as a friendly. Could help drum up interest and showcase to potential investors what the league has to offer, as well as what SK can produce. 

    ... and there's lots of room in the schedule during midweeks ! lol

  14. Hard to deny the excitement of do-or-die playoffs. Hard to argue that anyone but the regular season champ is not the most deserving since what they accomplished was the hardest. On top of it, the two are pretty much mutually incompatible.

    Having said that, "2 vs 3, winner plays 1" was the ONLY playoff format I was willing to entertain. Gives North American fans (of which I'm one, I should say) their playoffs but still offers a lot of meaning to the regular season.

    However, as the league expands in the years to come, please DO NOT expand this playoff format. Keep it to the top 3.

    Peace out.

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