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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Marc in Ottawa CPL Club   
    In addition to John Pugh who ran the Fury as a PDL team for many years, one of the main OSEG owners from the outset was Bill Shenkman who also owned a significant portion of a lower division English club called Millwall prior to the launch of the Fury NASL franchise, so don't think that's entirely accurate.
    In reality I never questioned that a league was potentially in the works given the moratorium on further expansion in USSF leagues that was imposed by the CSA expressly for that purpose or that there were some CFL owners potentially involved given Bob Young had promised a pro soccer legacy where the Pan Am Games funding for THF was concerned. What I questioned was that it was something that the CFL were doing collectively and that there would be a league launched playing its games mainly in CFL stadia that would rival MLS in some meaningful way. That always looked like a fantasy scenario in the absence of some 2026 solo hosting scenario and even then it was far-fetched. A low budget league focusing mainly on developing young Canadian players rather than paying relatively high salaries to established CMNT players and big name imports is a much more sensible scenario than what used to be peddled by certain bloggers and podcasters.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from ironcub14 in York 9 2019 launch/offseason thread   
    Would normally work that way but a lot depends on what was said between the two of them at the time. Sometimes two people simply can't work together again if there is a major blow up between them along the lines of Vanney and van der Wiel.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Marc in Players you expect to see in the CPL   
    Not too surprising if the going rate as a starter is 35k as has been claimed by people close to the Ottawa Fury and they have no viable options elsewhere. At some point you need to get on with the rest of your life and the younger you do that the easier it is to carve out a successful career doing something else.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from BenFisk'sBiggestFan in FC Edmonton launch/2019 offseason thread   
    Another possible April Fool's trick?
     
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    BringBackTheBlizzard reacted to mpg_29 in CPL new teams speculation   
    My take is that if it's feasible in Victoria then it's likely feasible in St. John's. 
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from ChrisinOrleans in CPL new teams speculation   
    ...but you don't know whether that's the case, while Ian Campbell who chose to use that terminology almost certainly does. Something for the next podcaster to interview Paul Beirne to ask about along with whether multiyear contracts are guaranteed for the full duration or include club held options.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from ChrisinOrleans in CPL new teams speculation   
    Think the fee is $3 million but haven't been able to track down where I read that originally. The league also has a salary cap and has held player drafts (the U-sports one for sure, but there was also talk of another one that assigned Canadian players to specific teams in some interviews). CanPL is a lot more like MLS than some people like to admit basically and can't sensibly be viewed as a European style club based league at this point. It might eventually evolve into that like the J League did in Japan, but I'll believe franchise owners in a soccer league in North America will vote to potentially be relegated when I see it actually happening.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Kent in Cavalry FC launch/2019 off season thread   
    http://www.totalsoccerproject.com/2019/03/julian-buscher-cavalry-fc-canadian-premier-league-zlatan/
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from RS in York 9 2019 launch/offseason thread   
    Bear in mind that tomorrow is April 1st.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from BenFisk'sBiggestFan in York 9 2019 launch/offseason thread   
    Bear in mind that tomorrow is April 1st.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from LatinInuk in York 9 2019 launch/offseason thread   
    Bear in mind that tomorrow is April 1st.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from DrummingInMySleep in Players you expect to see in the CPL   
    Alphonso Davies is flourishing under Niko Kovac at Bayern Munich, because he was too good to hang around long in MLS. Players that show a bit of promise in CanPL will quickly move onto bigger and better things in a similar sort of way. The launch of a league like CanPL was pushed relentlessly by the CSA for around a decade as a way to provide more young Canadian players with an opportunity to get their foot on the first rung of the pro level ladder. Fingers crossed that it will have been worth the wait.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard reacted to 1996 in Players you expect to see in the CPL   
    Pro soccer leagues around the world unless  you are the EPL, La Liga, Serie A, League 1 and the Bundesliga the big four more or Less can all be considered development leagues . You think a fan in even Mexico watching Liga MX doesn’t realize that that young star player he maybe watching playing for his club if that player continues to play well will one day move on to one of the big four leagues in Europe? Therefore, knowing your league is more or less a development league should not stop anyone from still going out and supporting your team and league.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from baulderdash77 in Saskatoon CanPL   
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from KW519 in CPL new teams speculation   
    That's way back now. The poster involved also thought the $200 milllion "investment" from Mediapro was going to be a cash payment to the league judging by what was on Reddit recently, so draw your own conclusions on how seriously to take it. More recently there was this:
    https://lfpress.com/sports/soccer/will-london-build-a-downtown-sports-stadium-its-a-possibility
    ...FC London’s founder and chief operating officer, Ian Campbell, says he had discussions with the league last year but the financial numbers didn’t work out.
    “There was the franchise fee, which is in the millions. Then there was the expectation that there would be money lost in the first few years,” Campbell said. “I also think that the travel expenses are going to be really steep. It’s expensive going to places like Victoria.”
    But a major outstanding issue here is a stadium. Campbell’s wish list for the continued growth of the sport and FC London includes a dedicated soccer stadium. Right now FC London has a women’s and men’s senior team in League1 Ontario.
    While the costs to get into the CPL are high, not having a stadium removes any decision — it’s simply not feasible.
    “It’s just too much money,” Campbell said. “But if there were a stadium, now that might change things.” ...
     
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from toontownman in Cavalry FC launch/2019 off season thread   
    For some reason I can hear an ex-Toronto Blizzard player called Jimmy Nicholl saying, "a thousand touches achieving nothing" as my immediate response to watching that from an interview in which he described why he favoured a more direct approach when has was managing teams in Scotland. To be fair though it looks like a decent standard and you need to be able to pass the ball about and maintain possession to do well through a Canadian summer. Wimbledon route one stuff won't work for a large portion of the season.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Kent in Saskatoon CanPL   
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from DrummingInMySleep in CPL new teams speculation   
    That's way back now. The poster involved also thought the $200 milllion "investment" from Mediapro was going to be a cash payment to the league judging by what was on Reddit recently, so draw your own conclusions on how seriously to take it. More recently there was this:
    https://lfpress.com/sports/soccer/will-london-build-a-downtown-sports-stadium-its-a-possibility
    ...FC London’s founder and chief operating officer, Ian Campbell, says he had discussions with the league last year but the financial numbers didn’t work out.
    “There was the franchise fee, which is in the millions. Then there was the expectation that there would be money lost in the first few years,” Campbell said. “I also think that the travel expenses are going to be really steep. It’s expensive going to places like Victoria.”
    But a major outstanding issue here is a stadium. Campbell’s wish list for the continued growth of the sport and FC London includes a dedicated soccer stadium. Right now FC London has a women’s and men’s senior team in League1 Ontario.
    While the costs to get into the CPL are high, not having a stadium removes any decision — it’s simply not feasible.
    “It’s just too much money,” Campbell said. “But if there were a stadium, now that might change things.” ...
     
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Bison44 in Saskatoon CanPL   
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Winnipeg Fury in Saskatoon CanPL   
    Courtesy of the legendary Luis Rancagua:
    ...As he was exiting the pitch, stage right, Vandale took time to issue a red card to an ongoing complaint of his -- the condition of creaky old Foothills Athletic Park.
    "It's the biggest obstacle we faced,'' he reiterated. "We go to a one-off in Saskatoon and draw 6,000 fans, then we come home to Foothills and play in front of 1,500,'' he sighed.
    "Calgary is a city of a million people with a lot more money than Saskatoon. So why (are) there 6,000 there and only 1,500 here? ...
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from nfitz in CPL TV Contract   
    Interesting take from John Herdman about CanPL on the Sportsnet website:
    https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/herdman-gives-hope-cpl-players-aspiring-canadas-national-team/
    ...And while Herdman admits it will be difficult for young CPL players to make the direct jump into the national team, he makes the point that it’s not about where you start, but rather where you end up. The journey along the way can prove to be invaluable, too.
    “What the CPL will provide is that springboard for young players to move to higher leagues, but it also might produce an absolute diamond in the rough. … For these young players in the CPL, from ages 17 to 23, we’re really interested in them, especially if they’re playing every week, and doing well and have an interesting profile,” Herdman said.
    “The CPL is a huge positive, and I’m hoping to see after the first season if a couple of players can make the move overseas or to a higher level. You’d hope to see that, and I think that’s what this league can do, as well as push into our Olympic squad, our youth under-20 squad, and maybe push into our senior senor national team.”
    He doesn't seem to see it as a rival or replacement to MLS as some posters do on here but as a springboard to it and the other "higher leagues" where CMNT players tend to play.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from ted in CPL new teams speculation   
    Details of the Saskatoon announcement appear to be available here:
    https://www.cjwwradio.com/2019/03/28/a-trial-balloon-to-see-if-saskatoon-has-a-taste-for-professional-soccer/
    The SK Selects will play in a SK Summer Soccer Series and this is described as a stepping stone to having a professional team. Games will be at the Gordie Howe Bowl by the sounds of things. More details on further games still to be arranged along with out of province games also involved for the SK Selects team. CanPL mentioned specifically from 3:30 onwards.
    Good news for CanPL that franchise number 8 seems to be very much in sight now all going well in fan interest terms with this series.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from ted in CPL TV Contract   
    Interesting take from John Herdman about CanPL on the Sportsnet website:
    https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/herdman-gives-hope-cpl-players-aspiring-canadas-national-team/
    ...And while Herdman admits it will be difficult for young CPL players to make the direct jump into the national team, he makes the point that it’s not about where you start, but rather where you end up. The journey along the way can prove to be invaluable, too.
    “What the CPL will provide is that springboard for young players to move to higher leagues, but it also might produce an absolute diamond in the rough. … For these young players in the CPL, from ages 17 to 23, we’re really interested in them, especially if they’re playing every week, and doing well and have an interesting profile,” Herdman said.
    “The CPL is a huge positive, and I’m hoping to see after the first season if a couple of players can make the move overseas or to a higher level. You’d hope to see that, and I think that’s what this league can do, as well as push into our Olympic squad, our youth under-20 squad, and maybe push into our senior senor national team.”
    He doesn't seem to see it as a rival or replacement to MLS as some posters do on here but as a springboard to it and the other "higher leagues" where CMNT players tend to play.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Kent in York 9 2019 launch/offseason thread   
    Latest from Junior Kingue:
     
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