Amidst all the deflection and whataboutery to use a UK expression that's the part that is genuinely on topic for this thread. Still no crowd number for Pacific vs FCE. Announcing that there were 2500 people there towards the end of the game on Saturday would have invited ridicule on a nationally televised broadcast but I thought they would have circulated something by now.
The first step to solving an issue is admitting that you have a problem that needs to be fixed. The optimistic outlook on this that I am reasonably confident is what's going on is that they have found out the hard way why North American pro leagues have playoffs in the absence of relegation. Once teams are out of contention for the championship title a lot of fans will lose interest and drift away. The average Canadian soccer fan really wasn't craving Euro style authenticity that MLS wasn't providing them regardless of what a few hipsters types who have yet to show up in any huge numbers at York 9's league games were posting online.
The league will find out if a more pessimistic outlook was applicable once they know what season ticket renewal rates are looking like.
To be fair I think each new bout has different combatants plucking feathers off the same parrot, which must surely be close to bald by now. I'm not sure what happens when the feathers are all gone. Strangulation? A garrote for the parrot has a ring to it.
This website makes it easy to run the actual numbers (CPL matches only):
76 Matches played:
Home win: 34 = 44.7%
Away win: 25 = 32.9%
Draw: 17 = 22.4%
The numbers I remember as "normal" from a number of years ago (so could be different now) are 43% home win / 27% away win / 30% draw.
Seems as though CPL actually does have a home advantage although Valour fans could certainly be forgiven for doubting it as the only advantage at IGF is a comfortable seat from which to watch the latest disaster unfold.
Jonas subbed in on min. 86 in a 2-0 Euro U21 qualifying victory over Ukraine. A few days later he remained on the bench vs. Northern Ireland.
People can blame TSN and Sportsnet for not showing highlights if they want, but I don't think they can let the CPL off the hook here. The CPL chose the money option with mediapro/onesoccer. We all knew that this was a likely outcome, and if you didn't then you were incredibly naive. It's not unprecedented. The NHL chose the Outdoor Network (and then NBC Sports) after their lockout, and as a consequence ESPN stopped showing anything.