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  1. 21 points
    Liam on the bench vs Livingston FC Alovely pic of the voyageurs scarf Jambo gave me at the game !!! One more of his brother wearing it with pride!!!
  2. 18 points
    Shortdutchcanuck

    Canadian Dual Nationals

    Check out @CanadaSoccerEN’s Tweet: There's our answer.
  3. 17 points
    dyslexic nam

    CPL TV Contract

    I won't pretend I understand all the nuance, or that I have any idea how I am going to actually watch a CPL game in 2 months. But a global media company just spent $200M on our fucking league. That is massive financial stability for the league, and the kind of investment that guarantees mediaPRO will do their best to get eyeballs watching our league. Some may be frustrated about the lack of detail re actual broadcasts but man, this is massive. Like game changing. Literally. Pretty chuffed.
  4. 17 points
    Gopherbashi

    CPL TV Contract

    Can someone who's good at math tell me how much of this $200m is going to the Ottawa Fury due to their preferred place as a season one start-up investor?
  5. 15 points
  6. 15 points
    ted

    CPL TV Contract

    Could be. My source was being cagey and I got no details beyond the $$ amount which I understood was "the deal" for the CanPL. I'm just sitting here in Victoria stunned by the size, scope, and partner of the deal, after already being floored by the signing of Marcel de Jong. If this doesn't shut up the doubters, they are just trolls.
  7. 13 points
    Vince193

    Ottawa CPL Club

    Live look at Ottawa looking at the CPL after this announcement.
  8. 13 points
    Cheeta

    CPL TV Contract

    Short answer. If the guaranteed club revenue from this deal is exactly zero dollars ($0), but I very much doubt that it is, the league would still be insane not to have taken this deal.
  9. 12 points
    ted

    CPL General

    Are you serious? How is the CPL is getting nothing out of the deal? FFS a few months ago we were discussing how the league might have to pay for broadcasts and and now somehow you imagine that a $200M deal is a bad thing?!!?
  10. 12 points
    dyslexic nam

    Marcel De Jong

    Official: https://pacificfc.canpl.ca/article/canadian-international-marcel-de-jong-signs-with-pacific-fc Congrats to deJong and Pacific FC. Great signing.
  11. 12 points
    Acid-Tone

    Canadian Dual Nationals

    ^^ Sure it's not one of the more exciting names that was being bandied about, but if it is him, it's not a development to be easily dismissed either. A 19 yr old, with over 25 appearances in the Eredivisie, now signed to one of the traditional powerhouses in Turkey and who has over 20 caps for Holland's u18-u21 youth teams. We've come a long way in the last few years when a player with this resume and who has other options for playing internationally potentially might commit to us and the news basically gets eyerolls around here!
  12. 12 points
    True he switched off for a moment but the shot was going well over the bar before the deflection off of Alex Bruce.. but he will learn and improve... Trial by fire just throw in there but growing leaps and bounds every day...Scott Brown who scored the goal has player 330 times for Celtic and 55 times for Scotland that's some experience...Liam is playing first team football all be it 10/15 minutes at a time but against pretty good experienced opposition and doing well, not looking out of his depth at all...he has featured in all 4 games he has been eligible for...There are two more games this week 1 Wednesday vs Rangers and 1 vs Livingston on Saturday should get a start this week we hope he is close... But its about the education and the journey..it's his first loan after all.. I will keep updating!! 50000 on Wednesday at Ibrox!!!!
  13. 11 points
    Ottawafan74

    Ottawa CPL Club

    Keep hearing the CPL is going to have a really difficult season. The whole thing was rushed, sponsors are not happy and they can’t attract enough decent players to build rosters. At this point glad the Fury didn’t get involved in this amateur hour operation.
  14. 11 points
    C2SKI

    Ottawa CPL Club

    Maradona did a thing or two for the game in Argentina, but that doesn't mean anyone should listen to a word he says now.
  15. 11 points
    BuzzAndSting

    Ottawa CPL Club

    What a joke. This stuff is completely unnecessary and really speaks to some insecurities within the organization. Interesting to note that when asked about Bekker signing with Forge FC in November, before the Concacaf fiasco, Ivory implies that it only happened "publicly" in December. This is completely against the narrative put forward by Goudie and OSEG that they were caught off guard. Same old crap that has really turned me off the team. For those who don't know, Greame Ivory aka FuryForce, is a broadcaster for the Fury.
  16. 10 points
    BuzzAndSting

    CPL Season Schedule

    Full list of openers
  17. 10 points
    JamboAl

    Ottawa CPL Club

    I think he asked a legit question. And Buzz & Sting has been one of the biggest supporters of the Ottawa Fury for as long as I've known him. But just because he doesn't agree with OSEG's current view of the CPL does not mean that he has a blind hatred of the Fury. In fact, he has acknowledged the importance of the club in employing Canadians in the past and now. Plus I think for the good of Canadian soccer (which is what this board is about), we should all wish the CPL tons of success...even though we all have varying degrees of what that will be and how long it'll take to get there. If that's roses and rainbows, then so be it.
  18. 10 points
    Alex D

    CPL TV Contract

    So in summary, the CPL has partnered with a very large media company that is giving them a truck load of money and has terrific record of sports content production. However, we still have no clue how we are going to watch. Awesome!?!
  19. 10 points
    Keegan

    Ottawa CPL Club

    Someone should tell JDG that we could have used some of this “Fury” in 2012 down in Honduras..
  20. 10 points
    CDNFootballer

    2019 CPL All-Star game.

    Hopefully never, No All Star game please CPL. Not needed.
  21. 9 points
    socceronly

    General Discussion on CMNT

    Wait, I can't take any more good news. It seems to piss everyone off.
  22. 9 points
    Ansem

    General Discussion on CMNT

    HOLY SHIT
  23. 9 points
    Unnamed Trialist

    CPL TV Contract

    This has made the Spanish economic press today, in Expansión, which is one of the two leading economic dailies. http://www.expansion.com/directivos/deporte-negocio/2019/02/21/5c6d75f6468aebb94e8b45fe.html A few things that perhaps were not clear in the other articles. One is that that they will open up a Toronto office, and that CSB sold the rights through ThePostGame (their article is here: http://www.thepostgame.com/canadian-soccer-business-premier-league-mediapro ), who were the brokers of the deal. They were hired by CSB last August. Second, that they have the rights to the NTs, male and female, for home games, so I imagine they will actually start to encourage them to be organised (maybe we can get some minimums beyond official matches) . The set-up is predicted to be OTT, over-the-top, which is full media offer, usually free access, through the internet. They are going to produced regular programmes on the sport and documentaries, which is one of Media PRO's specialities. One of the key points is the intention to fully professionalise football broadcasting in Canada, I suppose they are talking about production values. It also mentions that they currently have the league rights in relatively small markets, if that were a doubt, like Slovenia, Kenya, Angola, Bolivia, so they seem to be willing to work with more modest scales along with heftier ones.
  24. 9 points
    Ansem

    CPL TV Contract

  25. 9 points
    toontownman

    CPL TV Contract

    Thats a moot point, we already know its being split between Forge, Valour and Edmonton as an early bird league registration bonus.
  26. 9 points
    mpg_29

    CPL TV Contract

    Make of this what you will:
  27. 9 points
    BuzzAndSting

    Ottawa CPL Club

    I don't know if I'm a Fury fan anymore but in the past I've attended 5-10 games per season and I own a De Guz, Dixon and a couple blank jerseys. I understand and respect the decision the Fury made but it's the rhetoric and how they've gone about dispensing it that has really turned me off the team. I've voiced my displeasure to OSEG reps and have been met with mostly apathy.
  28. 9 points
    shamrock

    Ottawa CPL Club

    Sure, we should't be looking at what he says and does right now, but only at his history as a player. Gimme a break.
  29. 9 points
    shamrock

    Ottawa CPL Club

    He was a good player but has still everthing to prove as a manager. I'd tone the F down if I was him.
  30. 8 points
    baulderdash77

    Jonathan David

    David is such a smooth operator for someone so young. As his plymaking evolves maybe he does become that pure AM that we’ve been needing for all these years. Its really amazing the development he’s done in the past 2 years.
  31. 8 points
    BleepBlap

    Jonathan David

    That first highlight where David effortlessly glides through several players. Wow.
  32. 8 points
    No offence, but I am not helping you recruit Canadian dual nationals for our rivals
  33. 8 points
    dyslexic nam

    Ottawa CPL Club

    You have been asked where you "heard" the league was in disarray - which is the foundation of many of your claims. You haven't indicated any sort of reliable source. Instead, you seem to want to antagonize the pro-CPL folks on this thread - which is about an Ottawa based CPL club after all. If you have something of substance that backs up your claims, by all means share it. Otherwise, don't be surprised when people accept the hundreds of millions on investment made by astute business people as a more solid indication of probable success than an anonymous internet poster claiming he "heard" something.
  34. 8 points
    Copes

    CPL TV Contract

    I've spent two days processing the TV deal. Initially I didn't know what to think. As more information has come out I'm more and more okay with this. The biggest reason I deem this good, as others have pointed out, is that it kind of gives the CPL runway, and a minimum life expectancy. A company like MediaPro isn't going to toss away this investment. Given that we have the World Cup in 2026, there will be a lot of content outside of just the CPL that they can avail of. Further, with the buildup and ultimate climax of 2026, attention on soccer in this country will likely be higher than ever before. I very much see this transitioning into strong support, and therefore a strong opportunity to renegotiate, come 2029. As an entrepreneur myself though, the early years of any new venture are so varied and so crazy that paying later for short-term stability is very often a great idea. That's how I look at this deal - in the early years when growth will be the focus, CPL has consistent revenue they can count on, and a partner they can point to in order to demonstrate the success they are having. This will be massive for growing the league, and it also means they can focus on the actual management of their teams, bringing in new clubs, etc. while MediaPro handles getting the product in front of eyeballs. MediaPro has more experience with this too. So that's a plus. Lastly, I think this deal removes any concern about content quality. I for one am now very excited to watch the CPL, as I'm not worried about shaky low-definition content. I think this is a smart move for the league's first decade, and I think it nullifies a significant amount of early risk. I commend this signing, and although I'm eager to learn HOW I will watch, I'm very comfortable with the fact that I'll be able to!
  35. 8 points
    BuzzAndSting

    Ottawa CPL Club

    I’ll take Macron, VW and mediaPRO’s partnerships as an endorsement of the business plan over the opinions of John Pugh, Jeff Hunt and JdG.
  36. 8 points
    Stouffvillain

    CPL TV Contract

    I understand where some of the concern comes from. The league is locked in for a long time, at a set rate, with no further say in how their product gets distributed. The positives outweigh the negatives though. The league has partnered with a big time media player with experience producing high quality video. Mediapro wouldn't get involved for that length of time, for that much money and not have the growth/exposure of the league as a priority. Since Mediapro will be taking responsibility for all production costs any other distributor (say TSN/SN etc.) would only have to pay the fee to show the games. In theory they would also be able to buy as much or a little as they want. TSN/SN may only be interested in a game a week right now, this deal in theory, gives them more flexibility that way. Bell/Rogers would now be in negotiations with Mediapro who could pursue other legitimate avenues, rather than a newbie league trying to get a foothold. The bottom line is that the deal means that the league will be around in 10 years. As many on-lookers were worried about the viability over the first few years, if you could guarantee the first 10 years to owners and fans a year ago I don't think anyone turns that down.
  37. 8 points
    JamboAl

    Ottawa CPL Club

    Me neither. In fact, I'm starting to embrace this villain tag and looking forward to thrashing the CPL teams in the V Cup. How's that for throwing a live hand grenade into this thread? (insert evil laughter)
  38. 8 points
    Unnamed Trialist

    CPL TV Contract

    If I were an investor or in a potential ownership group, I would think that this tv deal would be a major selling point for getting new partners, ensuring public investment on stadiums, getting sponsors to come in early. It might be enough to get a group over the edge and into the league, and also sooner rather than later. If you look at the press release calculating 2000 games, right now we are looking at something like 150 games a year in CPL (I have not done the exact numbers). So they are calculating that on the basis of more teams, effectively an average of over 12 teams . Unless Ontario L10 is part of that, because MNT would only be a dozen a year if that. The fact that we are talking 10 years is huge as it gives clubs a longer term perspective and enables part of the initial outlay to be amortized over a longer period: you are not under the pressure to do so in 2-3 years, which is what we thought was the current perspective (if folks are looking at tickets sold and salary cap, and looking at break-even points from day one, that is not very long term). I suspect that this deal is going to help the league sponsor to fall into place more readily (I understand that we should be the XXXX CPL).
  39. 8 points
    yellowsweatygorilla

    CPL TV Contract

    I am not certain this will be the case. With the Mediapro tied down to the league for the long-term, in order to recoup its money, they need the league to succeed. If the league fails because Mediapro's practices lead to obscurity, Mediapro does not benefit.
  40. 8 points
    Kent

    CPL TV Contract

    I love this news, it's very big, but I really don't think the $200/$150 million figures being thrown around mean what people are interpreting it to mean. The article I read said... A source said Mediapro is investing $200 million into the Canadian project over the lifetime of the deal. Scott Mitchell, CEO of Canadian Soccer Business, calls it "the single-largest commitment any company has ever made in terms of soccer in Canada." In the live stream they talked about basically starting up from nothing in Canada. They are going to be hiring locals to deal with the production, etc. I really think this $200 million is largely (possibly entirely) their expenses for producing content and games. They'll have to buy equipment, hire cameramen, directors, writers, on air talent, etc. As more teams join the league that investment will have to grow in terms of having more people to create more content. There might be some amount of payment towards the league, but I think likely the vast majority of that number is the cost of giving us stuff to watch. That might not sound as sexy as a duffle bag of money being dropped off at the head office of each team every year, but it eliminates the worries of CPL having to pay for all those expenses, or asking TSN or Sportsnet to take on those expenses. As people have pointed out previously, TSN and Sportsnet play things like darts and poker because they just have to throw a tape in a VCR (I'm assuming they are using VCRs) and then go for a smoke break. Now they can do that with CPL games, CPL pre game and post game shows, and CPL features that MediaPro makes.
  41. 8 points
    Ansem

    Pacific FC Launch / 2019 off season thread

    But seriously... We all know Ottawa Fury and the greatest general manager of all time... De Guzman would have totally passed on him
  42. 8 points
    mpg_29

    Ottawa CPL Club

    What's up with JDG seemingly being so anti-CPL?....I don't get it...
  43. 8 points
    I specifically left instructions with the institution we stuffed you in to notify me on your release.
  44. 7 points
    DigzTFC

    CPL new teams speculation

    For a fully controlled TFC 2 to be in the league it can only happen with promotion relegation. I'm totally against them being involved at all. It suffocates the identity/brand of CanPl.
  45. 7 points
    dyslexic nam

    General Discussion on CMNT

    I just think we are on a karmic upswing. Atiba's "offside", Wambitch's counting in the ref's ear, the whore's defection, getting CONCACAF'd at every opportunity, etc. We have been due to catch a break for a helluva long time and it is coming due.
  46. 7 points
    Big_M

    Callum Montgomery

    Signed with FC Dallas https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/02/21/fc-dallas-sign-2019-mls-superdraft-selection-callum-montgomery
  47. 7 points
    Cheeta

    CPL TV Contract

    Whatever piece of the pie CPL franchises get (after the league offices takes there cut) I have to strongly believe it will be more than anyone could have hoped for. Way, way more. And as has been mentioned, league exposure has just gone through the roof, doesn't matter what platforms its going to be made available on, that exposure is going to impact the value of marquis sponsors in a very positive fashion. Well done. Good job. Here's hoping the people over at CPL HQ have some more aces still hidden up their sleeves.
  48. 7 points
    Unnamed Trialist

    CPL General

    Mediapro are massive, they have a tv station, produce tv shows and movies, like Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona (which I frigging hate), and have basically come to dominate football rights in Spain, also international rights. They have the international rights for La Liga, and Spain rights for all UEFA club competitions, they'll also bought the rights for Ligue 1 in France starting in a few years. They are rather aggresively trying to build a media empire, also looking at printed press, sports press. The owner Jaume Roures was an anti-Franco militant during the dictatorship, like in Trotskyist parties (here that is pretty normal), and is still a on the left politically, let's say the NDP would be a bit too soft and moderate for him. He was a great friend and colleague of Cruyff, is a vehement supporter of Catalan independence, his partners are rather talented art collectors and media people (I say this because I can judge what they collect). So he is a sort of hard-knocks self made maverick but knows his stuff. For them to pick up CPL is really quite amazing since they actually believe there is something there, I find that impressive. I imagine this is about them positioning themselve in a small market in North America to make the next step towards going after MLS rights, or maybe our World Cup rights.
  49. 7 points
    I have my season ticket!
  50. 7 points
    Received me call. Officially have a season ticket. Will be curious to know what their numbers are like.
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