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    Born in Canada, grew up in Essex and then Surrey in England, have lived all my adult life in Winnipeg.
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  1. dsqpr

    CPL - WORLD CUP 2026

    Perhaps I misunderstood. I thought you were saying we actually do have a credible domestic league(s), albeit regional, because the best players in our league(s) are at least comparable to the national teams of small Caribbean islands. I was just saying that I want to aim a lot higher for the top Canadian league. In other words, considering our population, yes, we are a long way behind (IMHO).
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    CPL - WORLD CUP 2026

    Just because Montagliani was president does not mean that everything he did was at the behest of the CSA. Would a different president have done the same thing (assuming what you say is true)? Are there no public communications from the CSA talking about their efforts in trying to get a professional league established? If not, I am not inclined to give them credit. You may differ and that is fine. But taking what you say at face value, I will concede that it is a moot point as to whether the CSA should be considered to have had a hand in creating the CPL. And if so, it is very odd that they are not doing more to promote it now.
  3. dsqpr

    CPL - WORLD CUP 2026

    Is that the extent of our ambition though? Smaller Caribbean islands? I really see no point in such a comparison. Whatever they may have been nominally, the leagues you mention are not "national". And that is what we need. Robert is right in saying that Canada's situation is very different from the vast majority of other countries.
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    CPL - WORLD CUP 2026

    That sounds a lot more like a Montagliani initiative than a CSA one. Are there no public communications from the CSA talking about their efforts in trying to get a professional league established? The FA Premier League was formed for financial reasons. The top clubs felt that their share of revenue generated from the matches they played was unfair. You could just as easily say that the FA Premier League was formed to stop the Football League from screwing over the top clubs. In any case, the FA were clearly and publicly involved in the creation of the FA Premier League. The same cannot be said for the CSA relative to CPL.
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    CPL - WORLD CUP 2026

    If the CSA sowed any CPL seeds then that is good and I would like to hear about it. By the way, the top division in England was formed as the FA Premier League -- and the FA is England's equivalent of the CSA.
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    CPL - WORLD CUP 2026

    Re: the CSA promoting the CPL: I suppose it hinges on the CSA's mandate. The CPL is the biggest thing to happen to Canadian football in a generation so it is hard for me to contemplate that the CSA should not be doing their utmost to actively promote it. I have said many times that I thought the CSA should have been responsible for instituting a professional Canadian league but of course they did nothing. Now that others have taken up the challenge, it seems to me the very least the CSA could do would be to support it.
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    CPL General

    The market for the league is CANADA. That is 30,000k. The key to success for CPL will be getting the whole country interested so that TV and sponsorship become the primary revenue streams. This is precisely where MLS has failed. Bournemouth play in the EPL and average about 12k. I know the EPL is not a fair comparison but the point is that the league does not need huge attendances in order to be successful and to even surpass MLS salaries. Of course this will not happen in year one though. Year on year growth (of national interest) will be the key.
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    CPL General

    My blood pressure goes up when I see the phrase "meaningless matches"! In football, there are no meaningless matches. Rivalries matter and the points all count (unlike playoff based systems which toss the regular season into the garbage). Totally agree about the draft thing though -- you should definitely not reward failure. The wage cap should be the sole mechanism for inducing parity. I also agree about the Montreal / Toronto playoff, but that kind of cup tie atmosphere is what cups are for! You do not need to throw away the final league table to get it.
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    CPL General

    Presumably based on assets, liabilities and revenue. And of course the latter is likely to rise as you move up through the divisions. EPL is just one division and its teams have a massive TV contract, mainly with Sky, which gives each team in the neighbourhood of £40m per season. This huge revenue stream, which typically dwarfs ticket revenue, greatly increases the value of a Premier League team. Fluctuation in value as teams move between divisions below the EPL would be MUCH smaller. You can buy a League Two team but it would not be for nothing unless it has a big debt that you would need to assume. New teams start up quite regularly. You just need some capital and a league to play in and you are off and running. When Hereford United was wound up, Hereford FC was started with 4 investors (later increased to 5) each kicking in £50,000, for total startup capital of £200,000. They began in The Midland League Premier Division, and were promoted three consecutive times to Southern League South & West Division, Southern League Premier Division, and last season to National League South. They are now two promotions away from the Football League proper and five promotions away from the EPL. See also AFC Wimbledon, who started the same way and are currently two promotions away from the EPL.
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    CPL General

    Me too. Promotion races are always exciting, as is getting promoted. But promotion / relegation was initiated to solve a problem: too many teams for one big division. Until we have too many teams for one big division, we have no need for promotion relegation. Of course I like the process in England where it makes sense but in Canada it almost seems like a solution looking for a problem.
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    CPL General

    Agreed! But who has said that?
  12. dsqpr

    CPL -- Friday & Sunday Double Headers

    I pretty much agree with all of that so I'm not sure why you have quoted me. My point was always that the idea of playing 2 games in 48 hours has precedent in one of the most successful leagues in the world, which means it is not fair to call it "bush league". That's it. I'm pretty sure we can all agree that the English league did it to boost attendance. My thought was that if the CPL chose to do it, the reasons would be different (see earlier posts). This thread has become ridiculous and I know I am as much to blame as anyone and probably more than anyone but I don't like seeing my posts misrepresented. Onwards.
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    CPL General

    Maybe I have missed something but here is how I see it: the league has 7 teams, so any promotion/relegation is far in the future. The CPL commissioner has mused out loud that it is something the league would like to do eventually but at this point nobody has agreed to anything.
  14. dsqpr

    CPL General

    Close enough. Definitely makes it clear it is something they would like to do. For the record, my dream CPL is two national divisions of 16 teams with 2 up 2 down. But the reality is that relegation would mean a significant drop in revenue. When push comes to shove, will the existing teams sign up for that? Maybe, but I can't see it.
  15. dsqpr

    CPL -- Friday & Sunday Double Headers

    Yes, of course I just meant your argument was a straw man -- and I know you know that. The whole discussion was on whether the idea of playing two matches with only 48 hrs rest in between is reasonable. I used England as an example: a highly respected league that did it for many years. This indicates the idea has merit. QED. Bringing up "other leagues around the world" has no bearing on the original point being discussed. One successful league doing it is enough. And of course your rationale that England did it when gate receipts were very important, implying it is no longer important for them, seems to have been a rather unintended point in favour of the CPL doing it now, when gate receipts are very important! Oh the irony!
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