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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by cmbuk View Post
    No Eskimos at all?? Mmmmm
    Also no Bombers or Toronto, but both Calgary and Ottawa games? So basically they picked two teams as priority (Grey Cup finalists) and whoever played them got coverage. Good job TSN (not actually a good job).

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    The Winnipeg Football Club released its 2018 annual report Tuesday, announcing its overall operation profits of $2.6 million for 2018.
    The total operating profits were down from 2017 as Investors Group Field saw a quieter year in 2018 with no concerts or other major events other than the Manitoba Marathon, said CEO Wade Miller.
    “We had the Nitro Circus here, the closing ceremonies of the Canada Summer Games, Canadian Women’s Friendly soccer match, and Guns and Roses, so that’s a big impact … just not having those major events.”

    Total operating revenue reached $33.4 million, which is an increase of $970,000 from 2017. The increase is attributed to the Club’s decision to take over food and beverage operations at Investors Group Field in 2018. Operating expenses totaled $30.8 million, an increase of $3.4 million over 2017.

    Attendance was down about three percent, said Miller.
    “Off just a little bit, and also not hosting a home playoff game really impacts as well.”
    The Jets’ significant playoff run last summer also affected the bottom line, said Miller.
    “At the same time it also brings excitement and energy and pride of your teams when one of your sports teams is taking that run in the playoffs. So as much as there’s an impact, there’s also a tremendous amount of benefit as well.”

    Overall football operations expenses increased in 2018 by $470,000 as a result of the club’s success in playing in both the Western Semi-Final and Western Final playoff games, the report says.
    The club says there was expected increases in expenditures in marketing, administration and game day expenses associated with bringing food and beverages into the Club’s internal operations.

    There was also a decrease in overall stadium occupancy costs of $830,000 as a result of fewer non-football events at Investors Group Field.
    The Club continues to fund the public transportation program for transit and park and ride services to and from the field.
    They’ve operated the public transportation program since 2013 and have paid for all expenditures related to the program, totaling more than $4.6 million, said Miller.

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by pizmo View Post
    the bombers promote war and the esks do not include the inuit.
    And the Argonauts are just bad.

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by bone View Post
    Also no Bombers or Toronto, but both Calgary and Ottawa games? So basically they picked two teams as priority (Grey Cup finalists) and whoever played them got coverage. Good job TSN (not actually a good job).
    Maybe we will steam the game??

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Former Eskimo headed to Finland...https://www.cfl.ca/2019/04/17/oleary...-side-cfl-2-0/
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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by bone View Post
    Also no Bombers or Toronto, but both Calgary and Ottawa games? So basically they picked two teams as priority (Grey Cup finalists) and whoever played them got coverage. Good job TSN (not actually a good job).
    I presume that it has more to do with dates and where they can get production crews than it does with teams.

    It would be nice if they could use these broadcasts to prime the pumps for kicking off the season, but from what we've seen in past seasons, on this board, where you're presumably talking much more engaged CFL fans, there is a fair degree of apathy from some corners. Hard to imagine that doesn't carry through to the public at large.

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugoagogo View Post
    Just a quick glance on the TSN website, and it looks like they have added 4 pre-season games to their televised schedule:

    Friday May 31st: Saskatchewan @ Calgary
    Saturday June 1st: Hamilton @ Ottawa
    Thursday June 6th: Ottawa @ Montreal
    Friday June 7th: Calgary @ BC

    https://www.tsn.ca/2019-cfl-on-tsn-b...dule-1.1229431
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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    doesn't shock me... lots of teams that TSN blows loads over

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    WTF? Suddenly the league announces a territorial draft pick for 2 of the clubs just before the draft? Are they making this up as they go along? How is this fair? It's not like the Als and Argos are expansion clubs.

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by danlaurin View Post
    Why isn't Winnipeg Edmonton not Broadcast may 31?
    I find that TSN's exhibition broadcast schedule typically fits around their other rightsholder obligations. The games that get picked usually are ones that either don't conflict or minimally conflict with their other properties.

    NBA playoffs are a big part of their schedule and will run right through the CFL preseason. MLS is another one. On May 31st the Whitecaps are in Toronto to play TFC making it a definite National telecast. Game time is 7:00EDT which would have it ending right around 9:00EDT give or take 10 minutes. Esks @ WPG starts at 8:30EDT meaning at least a 30 minute overlap. Riders @ CGY starts at 9:00EDT meaning minimal or no overlap.

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by adb View Post
    WTF? Suddenly the league announces a territorial draft pick for 2 of the clubs just before the draft? Are they making this up as they go along? How is this fair? It's not like the Als and Argos are expansion clubs.

    https://3downnation.com/2019/04/17/t...-and-terrible/
    Agreed. That is silly. Why two? One as a trial, okay. All the teams that missed the playoffs - again, logical. The last two years a lot of what is happening in the CFL seems to be spur of the moment stuff.
    Where do they draw the territory line for Toronto?
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    I remember Eddie tearing his patellar tendon in a game at Commonwealth while still playing for the Ticats - carted off the field, and wondered if he'd be able to come back from what looked like a very serious injury. Not only did he come back, but he came back to play the best football of his career and take on a key role with the Esks and their 2015 GC championship.

    Happy to see Eddie go out on his terms, reportedly turning down a contract offer from his hometown Bombers to do so, and wish him nothing but success in life after football. Grateful that he'll be making his family home in Edmonton!

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugoagogo View Post
    Agreed. That is silly. Why two? One as a trial, okay. All the teams that missed the playoffs - again, logical. The last two years a lot of what is happening in the CFL seems to be spur of the moment stuff.
    Where do they draw the territory line for Toronto?
    Well...currently the East needs all the help it can get. Toronto & Montréal have been horrible, and now Ottawa looks bad on paper.

    Also, I agree that the execution of this particular decision is similar to other decisions made since Ambrosie came in (eg. changing the video replay rules mid-week). Although fans & media love the “decisiveness”, it flies in the face of the processes in place (hello, Rules Committee!) and it forces coaches/GMs/ personnel peeps to figure out new rules on the fly, which is not usually a good thing.
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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugoagogo View Post
    Agreed. That is silly. Why two? One as a trial, okay. All the teams that missed the playoffs - again, logical. The last two years a lot of what is happening in the CFL seems to be spur of the moment stuff.
    Where do they draw the territory line for Toronto?
    "Territories" are clearly and quite specifically laid out in the CFL Consititution. CFL Bylaws cover Territorial Rights for Junior players and refers to Section 4.07 of the Constitution for the definition of those areas for each franchise. For Junior Exemptions the key word they use is "domiciled". It's where the player lives or considers his home base that counts.


    4.07 The territorial limits assigned to the member Clubs in Canada by the League as of September 9, 2002 are as follows:

    (a) Montreal – The Province of Quebec with the exception of that portion situated within 120 kilometers of the Peace Tower in Ottawa.

    (b) Ottawa – The Provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island; that portion of the Province of Quebec situated within 120 kilometers of the Peace Tower; the City of Ottawa; the District Municipality of Muskoka; the Districts of Manitoulin and Parry Sound; the Town of Newcastle and the Townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge in the Regional Municipality of Durham; the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, Leeds and Grenville, Lennox and Addington, and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry; the Counties of Frontenac, Haliburton, Hastings, Lanark, Northumberland, Peterborough, Prince Edward, Renfrew and Victoria, all in the Province of Ontario.

    (c) Toronto – The City of Toronto; the Regional Municipalities of Peel, Waterloo and York; the Towns of Oakville and Halton Hills in the Regional Municipality of Halton; the City of Oshawa and the Towns of Ajax, Pickering and Whitby in the Regional Municipality of Durham; the Counties of Bruce, Dufferin, Grey, Huron, Lambton, Perth, Simcoe and Wellington, all in the Province of Ontario.

    (d) Hamilton – The Cities of Hamilton and Greater Sudbury; the Districts of Algoma, Cochrane, Nipissing, Sudbury, and Timiskaming; the Regional Municipalities of Haldiman-Norfolk and Niagara; the City of Burlington and the Town of Milton in the Regional Municipality of Halton; the Counties of Brant, Elgin, Essex, Kent, Middlesex and Oxford, all in the Province of Ontario.

    (e) Winnipeg – The Province of Manitoba.

    (f) Saskatchewan – The Province of Saskatchewan.

    (g) Calgary – The southern portion of the Province of Alberta, being that area south of the 52nd parallel latitude.

    (h) Edmonton – The northern portion of the Province of Alberta, being that area north of the 52nd parallel latitude. (NOTE: the 52nd parallel runs across the province at the southern edge of Innisfail so for the Esks their turf would be Innisfail and north).

    (i) B.C. - The Province of British Columbia.

    (j) The North West Territories and the territories of Yukon and Nunavut; the Districts of Kenora, Rainy River and Thunder Bay in the Province of Ontario are open to all Member Clubs of the Western Division.


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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Sad news... Ken "Kato" Kasuya has passed away. He was to the Lions what Dwayne Mandrusiak is to the Eskimos.

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by glenvb View Post
    Sad news... Ken "Kato" Kasuya has passed away. He was to the Lions what Dwayne Mandrusiak is to the Eskimos.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/briti...-cfl-1.5109163
    The tributes that have been put forth for Kato by players, fans, media members and executives are fitting and inspiring. I'm always a little saddened that they tend to come after someone is gone, and I hope the person receiving them understood how folks felt about them. Too often we don't take time to say that, and it can be a lesson to carry forward.

    Rest easy Kato.

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    In a fashion Kato followed in Bob Ackles footsteps. When in his teens he got on his bicycle, rode down to Empire and volunteered to be a waterboy. Like Ackles he rose up the ranks to become Equipment Manager where he remained until today. With the retirement after last season of long time trainer Bill Reichelt there is more than 80 years of loyal Lions service that will be missing from the BC sidelines in 2019. It's guys like Kato and Bill and Dwayne in Edmonton who are the true unsung heroes in pro sports.

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by Hammer24 View Post
    In a fashion Kato followed in Bob Ackles footsteps. When in his teens he got on his bicycle, rode down to Empire and volunteered to be a waterboy. Like Ackles he rose up the ranks to become Equipment Manager where he remained until today. With the retirement after last season of long time trainer Bill Reichelt there is more than 80 years of loyal Lions service that will be missing from the BC sidelines in 2019. It's guys like Kato and Bill and Dwayne in Edmonton who are the true unsung heroes in pro sports.
    George Hopkins in Cgy deserves mention in that list as well. Keepers of stories and traditions and counselors to players. Definitely unsung, but appreciated by the guys in the room almost universally.

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugoagogo View Post

    This isn't totally surprising, but it is definitely the crappy side of things.

    Sol has given his all to the organization and has a lot of ties to the area (business and personal). It is very hard to believe that this decision wasn't reached prior to free agency or at least soon after... and while we don't know when it was communicated to the player, IF it was fairly recently, the options for a veteran with his salary are much more limited now than they might have been two months ago.

    In another thread (I think), there was some discussion about off-season bonuses/up-front salary, and how it can determine the fate of a player earlier in the process. Given that the league is not paying these bonuses, I wonder if it still has the same effect - once the CBA is done, teams would be on the hook for those bonuses (presuming they were in the contract) for players that were on the roster at the time of the bonus being due. Could be a case where Sol is owed a May 1 payment, a case where they've tried to find a trade... or could simply be that he, and his salary, are not in the plans for the year.

    Great game - cruel business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreatWhiteNorth View Post
    Could be a case where Sol is owed a May 1 payment, a case where they've tried to find a trade... or could simply be that he, and his salary, are not in the plans for the year.

    Great game - cruel business.
    That's my gut feel. There have been all kinds of rumours going back into late February that Hervey has been trying to trade him. I'm only surprised in that I thought by now if they were going to release him due to lack of trade offers it would have happened by now with any possible offseason bonuses effectively being potential deadlines. With May 1 being 5 days away I think you nailed it.

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    So the Cardinals have drafted a couple wrs I wonder if Bryant Mitchell will stick down there then
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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Cool story on DaVaris Daniels up on the CFL website...especially found his comments around connecting with Trevor Harris interesting.

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by adb View Post
    Cool story on DaVaris Daniels up on the CFL website...especially found his comments around connecting with Trevor Harris interesting.

    https://www.cfl.ca/2019/04/26/switch...attle-alberta/
    Love how Harris signed our contract and went right to work recruiting, shows high character for sure.
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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    We took a huge hit to our receiving group from last year losing our top 3 guys (all would have had 1000 yard season if they played the full year). Considering that, I like how our receiver situation looks heading into training camp. We have added some solid receivers and the group of Tevaun Smith, Anthony Parker, & Natey Adjei should provide us with better Canadian depth than we've seen in a long time. If our O-line gels like it should, Trevor should have a great season throwing the ball.
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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugoagogo View Post
    We took a huge hit to our receiving group from last year losing our top 3 guys (all would have had 1000 yard season if they played the full year). Considering that, I like how our receiver situation looks heading into training camp. We have added some solid receivers and the group of Tevaun Smith, Anthony Parker, & Natey Adjei should provide us with better Canadian depth than we've seen in a long time. If our O-line gels like it should, Trevor should have a great season throwing the ball.
    Maybe we get the ball off a little sooner this year. Mike took some bad hits last year waiting to make a play. With better special team play and a more aggressive D we should get the ball in better position also. Lots of game last year our O was starting around our 30 while the opposition was getting the ball close to midfield on O.

    Hopefully this labour crap gets sorted out soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turftoe27 View Post
    Maybe we get the ball off a little sooner this year. Mike took some bad hits last year waiting to make a play. With better special team play and a more aggressive D we should get the ball in better position also. Lots of game last year our O was starting around our 30 while the opposition was getting the ball close to midfield on O.

    Hopefully this labour crap gets sorted out soon.
    Will be interesting to see if Jason's tweeks his offensive philosophy with confidence in his defence.
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