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NBL Canada and AHL talk

Usually a blog entry doesn’t get out of date too quickly, unless it was the last one. Mostly for the AHL rumours that came out of nowhere. Manitoba Moose moving to St. John’s, Newfoundland? A puzzling choice if you read the last post and the problems that causes the Baby Leafs to leave the province. No AHL team east of Ontario right now. Then I heard who was interested in buying the team, Danny Williams.

Now most people just know Danny as the former premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. His nickname before was ‘Danny Millions’ for good reason. Did quite well in business. Owned Cable Atlantic and sold that off in the early 2000s. Telecommunications part went for $76 Million and the Cable TV part for $152 Million. Add the law practice he also sold around the same time and reports I’ve read put his net worth north of $200 Million, give or take. He was also on the board of directors for the St. John’s Maple Leafs so he’s not new to hockey.

Still, with a team in St. John’s and no team nearby you are on an island in more ways than one. Which is why Danny was talking about a subsidy from the Newfoundland government. King Danny [as I used to call him on Twitter] might’ve wanted to be nicer to the government people after he left. Hasn’t gone smoothly. Basis of it I’m not sure about. A few months ago the provincial Conservatives had a dinner in his honour. One problem, Danny didn’t show up. Bit of a problem.

Here we are with him now asking for a subsidy. Now I didn’tt see governments giving that to professional teams at all. But they shot it down even more quickly than I thought. Quick with a captial Q. The subsidy speculation was over the weekend, government shot it down on the 25th. Not often does government move that quickly on anything.


…said in a statement to NTV News that he was “deeply disappointed” with the government’s decision. Williams said a subsidy was a “critical part” of bringing a team to St. John’s.

We will see how this goes. Could it work? Maybe. Although just look at what the NBL teams have done. Started an all Canadian league which will help reduce travel costs. Having a hockey team in St. John’s is going to be expensive. Closest team is Portland, Maine. Toronto is the nearest Canadian city in the AHL. That is a hard travel schedule. It is not something that is happening by October. Talk about 1 or 2 years down the road, if it were to happen at all.

With the wacky hockey update out of the way. Some updates with NBL Canada, fun one from Twitter of all things. Shomari Williams, a defensive end with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and I were discussing the NBL late Sunday night. He was interested in details on teams. You might be wondering how we know each other. Found him on Twitter the summer before he transferred to Queen’s.  Found out we both were Redskins fans and kept in touch a bit on Twitter. Shomari won a Vanier Cup with them and then drafted 1st overall by the Roughriders. Played in the Grey Cup in his 1st season. On the business side, anyone who has a picture on his website with Warren Buffett knows more than I do.

http://www.studentblitz.com/aboutus.html

“Shomari Williams the President received his BBA in Entrepreneurship at the University of Houston in 2009, he also has a minor in marketing and a Certificate in Professional Selling.”

So we were discussing how much the teams might be going for, the salary cap, that sort of thing. Things I’ve pieced together from articles. A story in Metro Halifax, quoted the same source I did.

“The Kingston Whig-Standard reports that NBL Canada’s franchise fee is “six figures,” while operating costs are pegged at $1 million per year.”

Now I will go to the exact quote from The Whig Standard from the previous week.

“The league’s interim chief operating officer, Ian McCarthy, said owners must be prepared to cover up to $1 million in annual operating costs and an expansion fee that includes stock in the league. McCarthy wouldn’t specify the fee, but said it’s six figures.”

After the 1st blog I might as well go deeper into it about the Kingston team. No limit for length here. The letter of intent, from the Whig Standard again.

“National Basketball League of Canada officials said Steven Conville, an investment adviser to professional athletes and entertainers, signed the letter. However, Conville said he’s only a spokesperson for three prospective owners who will not release their names until the application process is completed.”

Years ago research would have taken days or weeks. Now it’s so simple. Mr. Conville is the Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Investment Advisor at Macquarie Private Wealth in Toronto. Also found his Twitter page. Yes, another person on Twitter. I joined up in 2008 which seems like ancient times.

http://twitter.com/StevenConville

“Skillfully help individuals to preserve & grow their capital. Built & managed several top-performing brokerage offices. A specialist in sports & entertainment.”

So we are waiting to find out what the teams are, and who might be the people behind the Kingston one. Haven’t found anyone even hazard a guess on who it might be.  Deposit cheques are due this week. Latest news is from Halifax and Moncton newspapers.

Saturday the Chronicle Herald had some more details. Full franchise fees due on June 15th and salary cap near or a bit higher to $150,000. Regular season length to be determined, sounding like 30 or a bit more. Rainment owner, Andre Levingston: “We’ll have a discussion. It could be a few more games but we don’t really see it in anything less than 30 games.” Teams announced on June 30th.

Right now Levingston and Ian McCarthy [Saint John Mill Rats] are in charge for the time being. Once teams are announced and things settle down a full-time commissioner and a director of league operations will  be hired.

Metro pretty much summed up their story in the headline part.


Moncton has three weeks to get owners on board for NBL
Four Ontario teams expected to move forward
Ownership groups from Ottawa and Kitchener have also had talks with NBL Canada about the possibility of establishing a franchise.

From what I have gathered, being in Ontario and just reading things online, Moncton sounds more likely for a 2012-13 season at this point. League has spoken with the Moncton Coliseum about the details of a possible lease arrangement. Moncton wasn’t one of the teams with a letter of intent, and no formal ownership group from my researching a few stories. Which explains my 2012 reasoning.

The Ottawa/Kitchener sentence, isn’t given any more details in the article. So I’m betting that’s a discussion for a year or two down the road.

That’s all the news I’ve found lately.  Here are a couple of links.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Sports/1244469.html

NBL founders await deposit cheques

METRO

http://www.metronews.ca/ottawa/sports/article/870172–moncton-has-three-weeks-to-get-owners-on-board-for-nbl

Olympic-esque Blog Day 16

Think I watched too much of the Olympics at the start. Haven’t caught much the last few days. Keeping track of the medals coming in has been a lot of catching up. Need a day off from work just to sit down and go back over what I missed.

Men’s Curling with a Gold medal. Which means Canada will finish first in the Gold category, no matter what happens on Sunday. Total medals is US by a country mile. First time someone from ‘own the podium’ sounded reasonable. Chris Rudge.

“Through some kind of transference, I might segue over to gold medals and say Own The Podium met its goal, but that would be unfair and that would be a rationalization. Our goal was the most medals and we didn’t get the most medals.”

Glad he didn’t do the politician spin on it. As I said yesterday, strange coinicidence that once they admitted Canada wouldn’t get the most all these medals came in. A lot of the Canadians not used to intense pressure or don’t perform well under it. Exceptions of course with the ones who did.

However you have the entire ski team that didn’t win one medal. They got an extra $10 Million in funding for these games. Pressure they couldn’t handle apparently. Some got injured before the games but zero medals means they choked. Can’t sugarcoat it.

Paralympics start up in a couple of weeks. For those on the West Coast I’d advise checking it out. Friend from Twitter Katie Lawrence pointed out tickets for sledge hockey between Canada and Italy are $20. Twenty bucks. Not $200 or $2000. Twenty bucks. Impressive pricing considering the gouging we’ve seen in Vancouver.

http://www.twitter.com/BlueJayGal

Going with USA beating Canada 4-2. Not watching the game since it is the equivalent of 3am to me and who wins doesn’t interest me. American Moneybags or Canadian Moneybags. Not like Women’s hockey where you can see this is the end all and be all for the year. The guys? Back to their NHL jobs and push for the Stanley Cup playoffs. One of the women on Team USA even said as much. “It’s different for the guys.” Especially with World Cup 2011 next year for the Men.

Simple prediction for me just looking at scores. USA hammered Finland. Finland just squeaked by Slovakia for a Bronzel. Canada also just got by Slovakia. US beat Canada already. That’s it. Could be wrong but based on results you would pick the US. From a unbiased point of view.

You must have heard by now about Team Canada crushing the dream of Brian McKeever. When you think Team Canada officials might have their heads on straight they do something like this. Why bring him to the games if you’re not going to have him ski? Lot of people upset because the same officials used Brian as good P.R. before the games. Story of him being the first to compete at both the Paralympics and Olympic games. Went around the world and they liked the publicity it gave them. When push came to shove they don’t allow him to be part of the 50km Cross Country ski team chosen for Sunday. Insane.

Talking about putting in 4 guys who could possibly win a medal. The team has done better than expected but none of them won any medals so far. Brain dead thinking from the Cross Country side. After seeing people’s reaction to Rochette’s skate you would think they would clue in. Final day of the Olympics and which would people care about more. McKeever skiing or some other Canadians finishing 8th. Even if one of them won a medal it’s the same day as Hockey and the closing ceremony. Talk about being overshadowed win or lose. Chance to get your sport noticed to people who don’t watch it was McKeever. So you now have a race many Canadians will not want to watch because of how the team treated him. Nice going. A tweet from him Saturday morning as you can tell he was not expecting it either.

“Olympic dream over. Don’t think I’ve ever been so sad.”

Closing ceremonies shouldn’t be as bad as the opening. Let’s hope they improved the lip synching. Some good news to end this post. Website with the places in Vancouver that are not trying to ripoff customers during the Olympics.

http://olympicpricewatch.com/2010-nice-prices/

Similar to the list earlier in the week but updated as of this morning with some new entries.
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NEW – Charm Modern Thai on Hamilton has no olympics autograt (Source: @asml)

NEW – The Greedy Pig – reported as having nice prices (Source: @thegreenpagesBC)

NEW – The Whip on Main – reported as having nice prices (source: @Kafkascoffeetea)

NEW – Maenam – good review and nice price report (source: @mbender88)

NEW – Ontario Pavilion – regular prices (source – personal visit)

NEW – PumpJack Pub on Davie- regular prices, no auto-grat, specials through Olympics (source: @ReiveD)

NEW – Joseph Richard on Granville – regular prices, no auto-grat (source: venue’s promoter @Bacardi_live)


Funny a place called “The Greedy Pig” isn’t but on the bad list is a place called “Smiley’s”. They’re smiling as they gouge you which means you won’t be smiling later on.

When the Paralympics I wonder if they will ease off on the price hikes. Still a lot of people in town from around the world so you never know. With the internet the good and bad list will live on way past the times the games end. Old adage about getting good service you tell 1 person, you get bad service you tell 10 people. It’s true.

Even on this blog. The horrible stuff on CTV has gotten repeated by a lot of people online. Good stuff like the pieces on difference between athlete’s bodies and ours, first time I’ve mentioned it. Although seeing the General Electric logo is a bit annoying. Does every taped thing on CTV/Rogers have to have a sponsor? The ‘unholy alliance’ overpaying for the Olympics shouldn’t force “Product Night in Canada” on us every single day of the Olympics. Last night saw something taped which ended “brought to you by Bell” and faded into commercial. Immediately followed by a promo for the Fan Choice Awards presented by Bell.

During CFRC football and hockey broadcasts I know not to put the same sponsor on back to back ads. You annoy the listener if that happens. And this is a volunteer position. When you’re getting paid you should know to spread out the advertising. Common sense.

Jay Onrait still trying his best on Olympic Morning.  Almost redeemed the 2 weeks of Olympic Morning today, almost. “A lot of people have been wondering. How do I get the I Believe song? We haven’t been telling you about this much on the show. We haven’t been playing it that much.” Thank you Jay. 🙂

Olympic-esque Blog Day 10

Didn’t watch one second of the Canada-US game on Sunday. Getting up early to watch a game where both teams automatically get in the playoffs? Nah. Plus not a fan of pros in the Olympics so waking up 3 or 4 hours early wasn’t going to happen. My Mom has watched a lot of the Olympics, and she didn’t watch either. Said she watched Desperate Houswives, Women’s Curling and didn’t even see the hockey score till Monday morning.  Not everyone in the country watched.

Bad results continued. Ski cross, bobsled, hockey. Did get a Silver in speed skating but the World Champion faltered and didn’t medal. Canadians patience is running out. CTV is not helping people’s expectations with graphics and promos like this for Monday: “Golden Opportunity: Virtue and Moir Go for Gold” Have they learned nothing so far? At this point aim for any medal.

The late Women’s Curling match was great. Although I’m sure you were asleep. Canada-China was close with the Chinese winning in 11 ends. Canada still first as it was only their first loss. Don’t file that under “bad results”. Does show how good the new Red Machine has come in Curling though. Betting Chinese sports officials looked at sports they can become competitive quickly in. Women’s Curling isn’t as deep as say downhill skiing. With over a billion people that’s a deep talent pool. The Chinese women are the defending World Champs who also live and train in Canada during the season. Curling is also their full time job as the government pays them just to do that. That’s an edge that is hard to beat.

Was going to take a day off from making fun of Olympic Morning but today they took the cake. In the first 30 minutes they had two people from MTV Canada on. Unbelievably they talked about the Australian commentator who got in trouble for homophobic comments during men`s figure skating. Couldn’t believe that since Canadian broadcaster RDS is in trouble for the exact same thing.

“Gay rights group to launch complaint over ‘homophobic’ comments by RDS analysts”

http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5jJGw1qb77I89DLAM_fRjAifNvOcg

Among the quotes was ‘We should make him (Weir) pass a gender test at this point’. Classy. And a lot of gall for CTV to point out the Australians doing it but not mention RDS at all.  Any thought of CTV getting better as they went along was thrown out the window around 6:20am.  Even discussed a Facebook group about the Aussie getting in trouble called ‘Eddie McGuire is ruining the 2010 Winter Olympics coverage’.  It would be like making fun of another country’s broadcaster doing body shots during a taped piece.  Oh right, MuchMusic did that for CTV.  Almost forgot.

CFRC alumni Neate Sager with a couple of articles, you can find more on the Yahoo Sports blog. William Houston is also writing for them. Neate also not a huge fan of CTV’s coverage.  I do remember CBC’s “on the cheap” attempt in Italy.  Where Brian Williams was hosting from Toronto.  Not their brightest moment.

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/vancouver/blog/fourth_place_medal/post/Del-Bosco-fiasco-hastens-Canada-s-backtracking?urn=oly,221117#remaining-content

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/vancouver/blog/fourth_place_medal/post/Even-hockey-fails-to-restore-Canada-s-pride?urn=oly,221170

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/vancouver/blog/fourth_place_medal/post/Americans-really-miss-CBC-covering-the-Olympics?urn=oly,221103

Back tomorrow morning.  Try and find some music links from all the East Coast artists that are playing in Vancouver.

Friday 1 Hour again

Either we had the wrong date for a hockey broadcast or they changed the date on us.  We thought a game was tomorrow night when it’s actually Friday.  So back to one hour this week and possibly next week for more hockey.  Pregame at 7pm so we’ll get a full hour.  But a heads up for listeners about the changes the next little while.

I will have some brand new music from Melanie Samson so stay tuned for that this week.