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Everything posted by JamboAl

  1. I would respond in the negative. Melnyk's idea was a soccer specific stadium in Kanata and it would have likely failed. That's somewhat true. CFL has drawn well recently in Ottawa (but even those numbers are slowly decreasing). I would love to see a soccer team in Ottawa draw 10,000 regularly; I just don't see it happening whether that's USL or CPL. I love the city of Ottawa but this is frankly, a horrible spectator sports town.
  2. Actually the weather was gorgeous yesterday - first really sunny and mild day of the spring (14 C). I noticed the roads and sidewalks were especially busy so I think people had other things in mind than soccer. Shame really.
  3. An interesting development just came across my Austrian football feed: Austria Klagenfurt have been denied an operating license by the Austrian football league for the 2019-2020 season. If this does not get overturned, I believe they will have to drop down to the state league for Carinthia, if they still continue to exist. I hope my German is good enough that I haven't misunderstood anything: https://www.oefbl.at/oefbl/redaktionsbaum/news/urteil-senat-5-20190412/
  4. I finally picked up my season ticket last night with the USL branded scarf. I think I will wear it to every CPL game I go to this season to incite the locals. Ha ha!
  5. For once, choices are having to be made which games to go to cause there are now more than I can remember. Tack in the must of going to at least one CPL game, the women’s send off friendly, the Voyageurs Cup and watching the local USL/PDL team, Canadian soccer supporters now have more options than ever. That’s not a bad thing!
  6. Ok, I’ll bite on this one. What are you trying to prove here? Does that mean when the Forge (for example) plays a home game and the attendance is announced as 9,000 that I can question its legitimacy by posting a photo with tons of empty seats at the kickoff of the second half?
  7. Of course there is: a very tiny one.
  8. I was out of town for the home opener and watched the game online last night. Although Nashville SC will be very good this season, there were much of the same problems as last year. Decent possession with no cutting edge, little creativity, and schizophrenic defending. I liked the attendance figure.
  9. Have to agree-they look very sharp. The away top could easily be ripped off by OSEG and made into the Ottawa Fury home top. Ha Ha!
  10. Thanks for the insight. And that's a good question...I really don't know who is fronting this. I just can't see third division rugby league working on Ottawa.
  11. A bit different in that if you buy last minute, I guarantee you it'll be double or triple versus booking early.
  12. Yeah, the owner of the Toronto Wolfpack is the one driving the bus on this. A club in Ottawa would be a risky venture if only because rugby league is not well understood by most Canadians. I would definitely buy tickets if it came here.
  13. From a purely business standpoint, I don't think OSEG is much further ahead today in making a potential move to the CPL than they were a year ago. Obviously deals have been signed with sponsors for what seems like a good amount of money, but a ball has yet to be kicked and they probably have questions/concerns about how all the markets will do in year 2 and 3. Having said that, it doesn't excuse a few of the past proclamations about the CPL. They should have just kept it in house.
  14. Good point. Sounds a little like a certain USL club that resides very close to my home.
  15. According to the Globe & Mail article, DAZN is not interested in broadcasting the CPL at this time https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/soccer/article-streaming-service-dazn-makes-english-premier-league-broadcast-deal/
  16. Imagine if you paid full price for one of those expensive seats and on match day, they were suddenly reduced? I know I would never buy another ticket in advance again.
  17. I make the odds 50-50 on Zanatta ever playing first team for Hearts. I don't have any specific insight on this but Levein likes the big lad, Ikpeazu up front and there may be an additional striker signing in the off season. A lot of kids were blooded in last season and it didn't work out great and typical of Hearts, big bruising strikers up front are favoured. I don't see Zanatta in that mould, unfortunately.
  18. My understanding is that the US supporters groups are run like a decent sized small enterprise (for profit).
  19. Yeah, he wanted to put an MLS team in Kanata. A CPL team out there would die in 2-3 years
  20. I would personally disagree. I’d think I’d have to strongly think about not buying tickets if he owned a CPL team in Ottawa.
  21. But I wonder if their break even point counts on a number of those expensive seats being sold. It’s such an exorbitant price to charge for a product that has no history and is not widely known yet.
  22. Actually, this scenario in Ottawa would not be good as the product wouldn’t be sustainable. One strong team in Ottawa and maybe a 2nd smaller side would be all this market could take in any of our lifetimes or the ones of our children.
  23. Wow! That is very steep and for a good percentage of the overall capacity of the stadium. As a comparison, the most expensive season ticket at Hearts (Scotland) is roughly $850 for 19 league matches at home. And the most expensive season ticket at the Fury is only $540. Would be interested what the take up is...
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