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  1. https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/03/20/montreal-impact-announce-forward-jack-mcinerney-trial-club Interesting to have him back. I thought AJH would get some looks off the bench this season, but now he has more competition.
  2. Orlando seem to suck without him...
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    TFC 2019 Season

    Yikes Ciman with some attempted slide tackles that went badly, just like his days in Montreal.
  4. This is where I disagree. Yes, UEFA gets a nice bid from DAZN, and in the true nature of winning bidder gets the lot, I have no problem with that. Where I would argue is that those same providers of content are trying to grow the game, the viewers, and those who passively watch and may become fans. There is a risk of segmenting the market too much. This is why Sportsnet keeps some hockey content on CBC (okay, it's not costing them much, and it highway robbery, but still). So I guess what I'm saying is I would have expected a deal to have DAZN get rights, but TSN and Sportsnet to keep rights to certain matches and continue to grow the sports viewership. I see the point about the future of content, and viewership, but until a market is saturated with online viewers, the move is still risky. Champions League may decline as a valued content in the future in this country.
  5. No doubt for fans of the game - (including me as of next year), I'm sure I will love it. But will this kind of streaming grow the overall market for the game in Canada and bring in passive watchers? Most of my friends will only watch if they see it's on, or have heard of some players or have seen a few highlights. That's getting dropped from mainstream media.
  6. Me too - Champions League has fallen off the radar for me personally and also in this country - so aren't they slowing depleting their revenue source? It can't be the same as buying rights in well established markets in Europe (including to pubs etc). Plus, I don't even think of buying Heineken anymore....
  7. So here's my question though. How do they grow the market for soccer viewers? This is segmenting fans into streams and extracting as much economic rent as possible from each one. Might work in sports which are really well saturated but is it going to work in sports for which viewership is nascent and has the potential to expand? Or will they just count on the general "sportsfan" to eventually sign in for all their sports needs? Not that advertisers care, but my mother is one who loves soccer but who will clearly be left behind by our 21st century market segmentation in sports
  8. Visual platforms which means what? Seems to me they both have streaming services akin to DAZN? They put up replays and highlights and can get ads based on clicks and views on their sites. What am I missing?
  9. Seems like there is a story here somewhere - did Bell and Rogers underbid for these assets? Are the advertisers bailing on Saturday morning or Wednesday afternoon content? Did they expect to be undercut by internet only channels? And what's next? Seemed to me that the sports channels were the ONLY assets worth keeping on the old cable TV subscriptions?
  10. Champions League not on TSN or Sportsnet EPL not on TSN or Sportsnet starting next year CPL not on TSN or Sportsnet What's next? MLS? Is it me, or is this an emerging crisis for soccer in Canada (in addition to making hard core fans buy new subscriptions) How will we grow the game in Canada without average sports fans having exposure to soccer games and highlights. Why is no one discussing this? And more importantly, what are all the soccer media guys going to do next year?
  11. awfully quiet from Impact this late in the pre-season. Not sure what Garde is planning here.
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    Impact 2018

    Those games at foxboro are a killer to win. DC also looks to be tough at home and prolly have out in a good run. All tough games for impact and makes life even tougher for tfc
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    Impact 2018

    Team looked solid except for the keeper tonight. If they had banged in a few more chances, the late bloopers would not have mattered. I am impressed by the composure of the starting 11. However, as we saw in mid-week, they don't have much depth behind that starting 11. Still some work to do to bring in some young and emerging talent not named Edwards.
  14. Plenty of 17 years olds never reach full potential. Let’s hope he’s one who does!!! Be good to see him in holland to develop before a big league, although the pressure and $$$ often drives these decisions too soon
  15. Oso has been huge because he’s hitting his chances. He’s always been decent in link up play. But he’s definitely more proficient in front of goal lately. Pressure off other tfc strikers. ricketts on the other hand. Should he really start or should they go with Hamilton up top?
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