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Everything posted by yellowsweatygorilla

  1. Any clue why the CNL is being delayed? Seems like the summer series has been going well so far?
  2. Don't disagree at all. I am probably more upset at FIFA atm.
  3. I have heard that only the cities and stadia included in the original bid are allowed - you cannot add more cities/stadia subsequently (otherwise I would suggest throwing in THF with Toronto). I guess unless FIFA drastically changes its rules... but I'd be surprised. Starting to worry that this seriously jeopardizes auto-qual ... or even being included in hosting.
  4. Oh I didn't know that part. This is even more enticing for me if it does indeed give an opportunity to players like Carreiro/Gasparotto to extend their careers. But yea, I am not sure how that fits in with the 3 month season. I'd be surprised if they pay these players more than they're getting in CanPL not prorated.
  5. That said, I believe L1O is changing their format this year (if the pandemic ends), given most of the starters are USports players that leave. It made no sense playing the long season when teams like Alliance who dominated with their USports players, started losing by 5,6 goals a game at the end of the year because of their starters went back to school. PLSQ on the other hand doesn't seem to have this issue.
  6. I don't think they're intentionally looking for a different designation (though I am sure some might see a marginal benefit in marketing). Like I said, this current D2 composition cannot apply for D3 even if they wanted to. The Alberta Soccer Association won't be able to sanction teams in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and BC for e.g. At least that's my interpretation/what I heard.
  7. But D2 and D3 are just arbitrary labels. In this case D2 refers to being sanctioned by CSA and D3 by provincial bodies. It's purely an administrative piece that this is a D2 league as they have teams in multiple jurisdictions. Given the players they intend to target, it's going to be equivalent to L1O/PLSQ. I also don't understand the negative spin on reddit.
  8. Anyone know if there's anyone else in reserve besides Abzi and Farsi?
  9. Right. Inter was trying to convert him there. But he's never played a pro game there before. Tricky. I don't understand why we didn't have a single CB in reserve. Too bad about the TFC outbreak, Dunn would've been crucial.
  10. TMG is out (as is Twardek) ... While I am happy that Abzi and Farsi get their first caps ... this leaves Canada with two CBs....
  11. I would not be shocked if out of necessity with the pandemic, the CSA makes the postponed match the 2020/21 Canadian Championship with the winner qualifying for 2022 CCL. That'll certainly make things feel a little more fair for Forge .. who might not even be able to play in the CCL even if TFC forfeited because of being unable to train.
  12. Nope. Unfortunately, there's very little market for the Canadian Premier League - even though a decade ago apparently there were a lot more Canadians playing the game per-capita relative to the US.
  13. I don't think the issue is that EA isn't offering enough ... if anything CanPL would be willing to pay EA Sports to include the league. EA just isn't interested. It's not like SI Games is paying anything for the CanPL licence. In fact, it's the other way around - why do you think the league has had to so heavily promote Football Manager? And remember it doesn't actually cost SI Games much money to add the league. I mean it's volunteers like me that do all the research and add all the players for them (all I get is a copy of the game/access to alpha). Coding the league is less than a day's work (I would know because I use the exact same software for the Canadian Megapatch).
  14. And to be precise, this averages out to at most $37,500 per team ($300,000 tops for the entire league assuming all 30 were making $10k divided by 8 teams). I say at most in terms of the fact that I know many players were getting paid $9-10k contracts (that said, this number could be even lower since there will be quite a few getting paid more than $10k but less than $22k). Now of course, some teams like Valour and York have way more of the bottom end contracts so they'll have a higher expenditure, but ultimately, the point stands that the implementation of this minimum salary has very little impact on overall costs.
  15. Yep, this was literally one of the reasons why the union has been pitching voluntary certification and getting things done together instead of through the media. Yet, Clanachan hasn't even returned any of the communications, let alone agreed to a meeting or voluntary certification. This is the result of that decision. I have friends who are thinking of dropping season tickets until the union is recognized. And I know a dozen people who indicated that their primary concern is the failure to recognize the union when York United pushed out their season seat holder survey two weeks ago. The league is also hearing it from supporters groups. If the league works with the union, they can push out a message of clubs and players growing the nascent league together instead of sowing discord.
  16. Thanks! But lion share of credit will always go to the players willing to step forward to talk to me and others who have reported on this issue, and of course the union organizing itself. This news is a testament to the power of labour organizing and the pressure exerted by fans. It's obvious, but what I was hearing was shear panic behind the scenes at the league office, with clubs angered at the bad press from the past couple weeks. Clanachan even softened his anti-union rhetoric in the colonist piece ... I'll believe him when he voluntarily certifies the union, but until them it's clear they're dealing with a great deal of pressure.
  17. Then I am not sure if East/West makes sense. Though I suppose to old CPSL had done that for a bit with even less teams.
  18. Well going to East West would assume expansion teams ready to jump in. Say if we got Fraser Valley and Saskatoon in the West, and Quebec/K-W in the East, 6 teams per conference that play each other 4 times, play the other conference once (so 3 away legs per team) to cut travel costs? 3 team playoff - east/west champs and single table leader?
  19. I don't know how much travel actually costs and how much regionalization would cut down on it - but if it's as significant as some have suggested, I wonder if it would allow for more clubs to join CanPL if the league moved to an East/West set-up. I'd also be all for it if it meant more money can be distributed to the lower-ends of the roster.
  20. I agree. I am not sure Dan Kruk's point was that Nick Bontis is being sent in to deal with the PFACan, but when I brought up the information I had that Bontis is involved with Labourwatch, the largest unionbusting conference/org in the country, they expressed worry that it may have influenced CSA's inaction in ensuring CanPL followed FIFA directives to consult and seek agreement with players and their unions. Haha, yes briarpatch is still around. They've published four of my articles so I am grateful. Haber might not have lit the league up, but he was one of the more high profile players (just had to contextualize it for Briarpatch's mostly soccer illiterate readership :p)
  21. https://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/levelling-the-playing-field I had a chance to speak to Marcel De Jong and a number of players who had to remain anonymous, along with Dan Kurk and a bunch of supporters for this piece. I know there's been a lot of articles on this for the past week, but I focus a little more on union busting history in soccer leadership. The PFACan is in particular concerned about Nick Bontis links to Labour Watch, probably the largest unionbusting conference in the country, considering the PFACan was in charge of following FIFA mandates to urge leagues to consult players and their unions for pay deferrals/cuts.
  22. The league did not reach out to the union to design the Island Games. In fact there has been no communication between the league and the union. The closest to that was during a player meeting during the Island Games, where Clanachan promised to have a meeting about union issues after the season but as of February, he has yet to communicate. This was why players were so angry about the Island Games - some players told me they apparently only heard about the pay deferral (that later became a cut) through social media. Revenue sharing isn't a demand right now - again, the union has offered to forego collective bargaining for one year (I previously said two years, but looks like the two years was referring to 2020 .. and seeing as they didn't do voluntary certification, it's one year now). The investment from One Soccer is $200 million over 10 years, but part of that is for production costs. There is more desire about salary minimums is what I am told. My own biases - I am a rank and file union steward, and had previously worked as a union organizer. This type of messaging resonates with me and taps into ongoing frustrations about how many of the rich in society have either grown in fortune or were much better equipped to weather the pandemic. It's been no different with the CanPL, I've heard complaints that those making the least in the league (players and league staff) have all been made to take pay cuts but not a single VP was subjected to this and continue with wasteful spending. Usually, as part of a CBA, the employer may ask to union to put out conciliatory messaging ... but without a CBA (or any communication, let alone positive overtures from the employer), anything goes. This messaging was likely not directed towards you, and I'd say it's been pretty effective with the broader fan base in places like discord, twitter, and reddit. Oh wait ... just noticed that PFA tweet is a RT of my tweet lol. I guess that's why it appeals to me.
  23. 96% of CanPL players during early-2020 signed union cards. That is unprecedented; usually it's 40-50%. The union is seeking voluntary certification, to avoid the drawn out public battle that is happening right now and both sides incurring further cost by engaging in a contested certification process in five different jurisdictions. With all the negative PR right now, the league may fold ... but then again it's lead by an infamous union buster (and not that it's 100% relevant, but Nick Bontis was a keynote speaker for multiple years at Labourwatch, an infamous unionbusting conference), so there's still a good chance that the league's obstinance will force the players into formally filing with the various Labour Relations Boards, where I have full confidence there will be a sweeping vote (especially considering labour conditions and remunerations have gone even worse since 2019).
  24. Carmine Issaco said in the interview that there are some international players getting paid 50-70k in his interview. He suggests that's a reason why salaries get pushed to the lower end for local players. Duane doesn't deny the existence of outliers. Bekker, Edgar are both known to be top earners, as was De Jong in his first season (think this was blamed for some roster issues in 2019).
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