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  1. Toronto Ruffrider

    Possible CPL Salary Cap Discussion

    No one has said what currency the cap is in, so for all we know it could be $750k CAD, which would translate into $562.5k USD. I could envision that applying to players only, with a separate cap for management.
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    Ottawa CPL Club

    I think at the heart of this problem lies the wild speculation and mud-slinging that is taking place right now. There is speculation on top of speculation, and until any hard details emerge, no one is going to have a firm idea of who is responsible for the events that are transpiring. Each side wants to paint the other side as the bad guy. I really want the CPL to succeed, and I wanted Ottawa on board as well, so it would be easy for me to take the above quotation as fact and assume that OSEG is looking for a convenient excuse to get out of the soccer picture. On the other hand, fans in the Ottawa camp might be buying into whatever JdG is peddling vis-a-vis the CPL's alleged role in being a thorn to the Fury's side, which sounds equally dubious in my opinion. The truth of the matter, as is so often the case, is very likely in between what we have heard and read. It is amazing how much speculation and back-and-forth jockeying has taken place over so little information. All we really know is that CONCACAF is attempting to block the Fury from playing in the USL. We don't even know conclusively who at CONCACAF is responsible for this move - we can all make an educated guess, but for all we know the motives at CONCACAF could be very different from what we imagine would make the most sense from our perspective. Until such details become clear, I think we all need to take a deep breath and wait for more unbiased information to emerge.
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    CPL General

    Even if the numbers are true, Ottawa cut a huge chunk of its roster - presumably the more expensive players. I would be surprised if Ottawa paid its players much more than $30-35k next year, even if it were allowed to play in the USL.
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    CPL General

    Disregarding all of the debate with respect to whether or not the Fury should be forced to switch leagues, those salary numbers are interesting. Assuming the reports we've seen with regard to USL salaries, the Fury were way above the USL average last season. They didn't get very good bang for their buck, so it's any wonder why they cut such a big chunk of their roster.
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    York 9 2019 launch/offseason thread

    I remember when the Argos drew crowds of that number, but those figures are a little misleading - the team was known to be handing out a lot of freebees. I think a more accurate paid representation over the last 20 years or so is in the neighbourhood of 15k, though even that figure would be enviable right now. At any rate, the Argos have had a lot of trouble selling tickets for some time now. A case might be made that a Canadian inferiority complex exists, though I think it is basically limited in practical terms to the biggest cities (i.e. Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver). In such cities, the option of having a team in a supposedly superior American league exists, so it may cause some people to overlook local options.
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    York 9 2019 launch/offseason thread

    The growth in York 9's numbers has been fantastic. Whether the base purchasing deposits was there but not reported, or there was a surge in people and groups purchasing deposits, I have been pleasantly surprised by this turn of events. It also sounds like many ticket packages being purchased are of the more expensive variety, which is a good sign too. For a while I questioned the way York 9 was conducting itself in terms of marketing and growth, but I'm quite happy to be wrong with the direction that the club appears to be heading in.
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    York 9 2019 launch/offseason thread

    These York 9 prices are disappointing, especially when compared to what we've seen from Forge, HFX, Valour, and now FCEd. The jersey issue aside (I look at that as a bonus for SSH), the Y9 prices are simply too high. The supporters' section seats are affordably priced, but all other SSH will be paying $27/game bare-minimum, and that doesn't include HST and other fees. In my opinion, this price point is what single-game tickets should cost. With so many teams playing across a plethora of sports in the GTA, Y9 need to be more competitively priced in this marketplace. I would imagine that a price of $30-35 after taxes and fees for a single-game ticket would be reasonable, and in line with what teams such as the Toronto Wolfpack are charging.
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    York 9 2019 launch/offseason thread

    I was thinking the same thing. It would be best if those markings were removed entirely, until Y9 move to the newly-renovated York Lions Stadium later in the year. I am curious about York Lions Stadium, actually. When it says that the stadium will get a "new turf playing surface," does this mean field turf?
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    Canada-Dominica Game Thread (R)

    I thought we played well for the most part - good one-two passes at times - but it looked like we were too intricate with our passes in the final third at times. I would have liked to have seen a few more thumping shots at goal from a bit farther out - the weather was certainly cold, so a good hard shot would have stung and left some big rebounds!
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    Need an award name ASAP - as in now

    Career Coureur, perhaps? Alluding to the Coureur des Bois reference.
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    CPL General

    It certainly couldn't hurt. My TFC seasons cost $726/seat (about $36/game), and I'm one of the lucky ones whose SSH rate has been frozen for next year. Even at that rate, which is below the TFC average, there is a lot of wiggle room in pricing for CPL teams. If you're able to buy seasons for $200 and get a free jersey, how can you top that?
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    CPL Season Schedule

    I figured the length of the schedule would vary depending on the number of teams. Assuming a balanced schedule of 2 home/2 away games against each team, a seven-team league would yield a 24-game schedule. An extra team would bump the schedule up to 28 games.
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    CPL Stadium Thread

    I guess we can say Cavalry are sharing their pitch with actual Calgary stampeders. 😂
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    Ottawa CPL Club

    Does anyone know if the supposed figure of $625K is in US dollars or Canadian dollars? If it's the latter, that would only translate to $475K US.
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    Ottawa CPL Club

    I would agree that Ottawa is overpaying for players in USL. By all accounts Ottawa is spending way over the USL average, but not getting a great deal in return - just a mid-table standing. Perhaps getting half-decent Canadian players is just expensive - i.e. $500k on Canadian players won't get you as much bang for your buck as $500k on internationals. I'm just thinking aloud.
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