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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Usually a blog entry doesn’t get out of date too quickly, unless it was the last one.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

Torch Footage from St. John’s

Strange that I’m putting this up after it’s come through Kingston.  But footage from YouTube of the Torch when it hit Newfoundland.

First up from RetroWinnipeg reports from NTV News the day before it came to St. John’s.  Included is Toni Marie anchoring at noon, Glen Carter at 5:30pm and Fred Hutton & Lynn Burry at 6pm.  Later you’ll see Toni chat with Seamus O’Regan from Canada AM as he was also a torchbearer in the area.

NTV News – Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay – Newfoundland (November 12, 2009)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mzz2chBucs

Now this is what we call a WINDY day.  Toni at Cabot Tower with the torch before her run as a speech was wrapping up.  Bit of a laugh as you can hear 2 guys saying “we love you” as she starts the walk.  I told you she’s popular.

Toni Marie Wiseman at Cabot Tower Olympic Torch Relay 2010 St. John’s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6urmopPsMw

I missed seeing this next clip before, not sure how.  The flame with all that wind, did go out for a few seconds.  Which does happen along the way.  You won’t see that on the news though. So a chance to see how it really is.

“This is just after the ceremony was held at the top of Signal Hill at Cabot Tower, as Toni Marie Wiseman started walking down the hill at the very top, the torch with all the wind went out for a few seconds and was relit again – here. It was very windy at the top and impossible to avoid, but as Toni Marie moved her way down the hill, the wind was calmer. ”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JHIqiBtwsw

Another one I missed before, probably because there wasn’t a description on the video.  But the file says “Toni with Horses” so it’s easy to figure out.  With the high winds they had extra people around her and even police on horseback.  Large crowd.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z665k9i7Ck

Apparently the handoff is called “the kissing of the torches” as you have your torch light up the next one.  Luckily it worked even in this extreme weather.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaXeUIsRJcc

Move on to NTV News again with reports from that Friday’s news.

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay – Newfoundland (November 13, 2009, Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGrKMbRtbYI

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay – Newfoundland (November 13, 2009, Part 2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpXVKFS56vQ

Finally Sunday’s news with Toni Marie and Larry Jay as the relay left the province.  And you get to see her torch at the end on the set.  It’s now residing at her parents’ house as a gift.  Quite nice of her.

NTV News – Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay – Newfoundland (November 15, 2009)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnFfbE1UC9o

I typed Kingston and Torch into YouTube and only got 3 results.  Part of that is we got lucky with someone from Winnipeg grabbing the NTV clips from satellite.  Manitoba and Newfoundland aren’t two places thought of being together very often. 🙂

5:30pm Nfld

Little back and forth when it comes to local news in St. John’s.

Was reported over the summer that along with other CBC stations, St. John’s local news will be increased to 90 minutes at suppertime.  Link from Geoff Meeker’s blog.

http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=273571&sc=88

Forgot to talk about how this blog got linked on Geoff’s a few weeks ago.  Talk about that tomorrow.  Back to the topic today.

Saw an ad on NTV about the fact they are also going to 90 minutes.  Glen Carter will be hosting an extra 30 minutes of news at 5:30pm local time.  NTV will start this on August 24th.  Which is a week earlier than when CBC changes.  I wonder if it was planned to get a jump on them. LOL.

Found a lot of search terms coming into this blog about NTV getting kicked off of Rogers in Ontario.  People wondering where it is, what’s going on and such.  Must be a way to rally all the people who want this fixed.  Don’t know if a Facebook group might be a good way to start.  Any ideas or suggestions leave a comment on the blog or email me

saltwatermusicrob@yahoo.com

Lot of Newfoundlanders around to get Rogers attention.  And the people of Ottawa did get them to change their mind on kicking off WPBS in Watertown.

Back to reading about the rumour of Brett Favre about to sign with the Vikings.  You thought that was over?  Please.

CBC Cutbacks/St. John’s Example

Knew this was coming down the pike, but still surprised by the scope of the cutbacks.

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/media/story/2009/03/26/cbc-layoffs.html

800 jobs gone, shows on radio and TV canceled.  As for the East Coast, well first Newfoundland.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2009/03/26/cbc-cuts-nl.html

That is one of the dumber moves.  How many stations are in the province?  Two.  NTV and CBC.  That’s it.  Not wanting to compete in a place where you’re only against 1 local competitor is strange.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2009/03/26/pe-maritimes-cbc.html

Sydney, Moncton and Saint John also facing deep cutbacks.  PEI is losing one position.  At least the stations are still there, heard talk about getting rid of them completly.

To get away from the CBC reports here is one from The Chronicle Herald in Halifax.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/9011155.html

Great line describing the cutbacks.

“The source said 17 of the 31 jobs getting the axe are in Nova Scotia. All are in programming and none in management.”

Bravo to the CBC for showing how out of touch you are on that front.

Bet these are the same people who decided to air ‘The Devils Wears Prada’ on a Sunday night and make the East Coast Music Awards air on a tape delay.  Our tax money at work that night.

CBC Radio 3 is still going, so a bright spot for a lot of artists I’ve played on the show.  Lot of them have been on that station.  It will be a single feed now, they had different one for satellite and the website.  That separation never made sense to me.

Sports programming takes a hit too.  Strangely it says CBC.ca avoided any cutbacks.

Not like CBC is alone in this lately, I’ve seen what happened to some A-Channel stations.  Ottawa really got hit hard lately, from the Ottawa Citizen.

http://www.vancouversun.com/News/cuts+take+toll+city+news+station/1350514/story.html

Also A-Channel Victoria got rid of it’s morning show and just airs video from an all news-radio station in town.  But they’re keeping the 6pm news.

As for the CBC.  I think their online division and radio have done well over the past few years.  TV side?  Not so much.  They change what they are every few years.

“We’re all Canadian” and get rid of the U.S. shows.  Except for The Simpsons, since that’s Canadian…. I guess.  Then last year they spend a chunk of money buying ‘Jeopardy’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’.

Maybe one day the TV side will make up their mind who they are.  Probably not.  A decade ago they gutted local news, then put money back in, and today are cutting it again.

I’ll use St. John’s as an example.  NTV had been 2nd to the CBC Here and Now 6pm news for a long time.  But by the late 1990’s they had caught up in the ratings.  Neck and neck for the most part, then the Canada Now debacle.  Where they cut the 6pm shows across the country in half and have the first 30 minutes be national news from Toronto.

Bad idea.  NTV surged in front and never looked back.  Luckily I found a graph.  NTV commercials have said say they’re the number 1 rated newscast in Canada.  They mean out of all markets in Canada they dominate the opposition by the most.  They’re not lying.

CBC vs NTV Ratings

CBC vs NTV Ratings

http://www.scribd.com/doc/81103/Supperhour-CBC-Maritimes-Supperhour-Ratings-19962006-

Damn, that really is an ass kicking.  The CBC 6pm news became a full hour of local news again after a few years but too late.

Full disclosure, Toni Marie is a good friend of mine.  So I’m glad for her they do so well. 🙂  But I watched them on satellite rather than CBC before I knew her.

NTV also has a noon news and they rerun the 6pm news late at night.  So CBC only has that 1 chance to get viewers.  Thought people would like to see the Newfoundland example of what happened to a market where CBC used to do quite well.

Sunday Potpourri

I did remember to change the clocks last night. Bit tired today. Since I stayed up like I usually do on a Saturday night and ignored the time change.

So it looks like Junior Hockey is back in St. John’s. Good timing with me putting up the episode from a year ago on Archive.org with Krissy Holmes. We talked about the Fog Devils leaving. Appears a 5 year deal is in place for the team from Bathurst, NB in the QMJHL to move to St. John’s. So one town from the East Coast loses a hockey team to another town in Atlantic Canada.

Did read a short post on TheScope.ca which might sum up people’s feelings.

“Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Einstein obviously doesn’t work at St. John’s Sports & Entertainment Ltd.”

Back to the radio show. Friday I’ll air a short interview I did with Ray Johnson of ‘Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers’. They’re coming to Kingston in May for a concert so I got to talk to Ray. Would’ve had more time but we had a mix up.

The number I had in the email was Ray’s fax line instead of his phone number. So I kept calling with no answer. He phoned me back a bit later and we figure out the mistake. LOL. By that time it was past 10:30pm in Newfoundland so we talked for about 10-15 minutes.

I also have the interview with Andrea Wittgens from last Friday. I’ll air that probably the week after. I’ll play all of her CD during that show. Andrea is from Antigonish, NS and went to Queen’s here in Kingston. She lives in Seattle now. So we covered a lot of ground.

2010 Junos in St. John’s/One Hour this week

This was first reported in the Newfoundland Herald a couple of weeks back in the Jan. 4-10 issue.  Too bad it’s not available in the rest of the country or else I would’ve known earlier.

2010 Junos coming to St. John’s.  Last one from all accounts was an amazing time, this report today from Steve McLean of CHARTattack mentions that.


The most fun I’ve ever had at the Juno Awards was in St. John’s, and you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy some Newfoundland good times yourself when the city hosts the 39th annual celebration of Canadian music next year from April 15 to 18.

“The JUNO Awards have come full circle to arrive back in St. John’s following the great success of our visit here in 2002, and we at CARAS are thrilled to be returning to a city of such enthusiasm and rich musical tradition,” says Melanie Berry, the president of the Canadian Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences, which oversees the Junos. “2010 will mark the beginning of an exciting new city-to-city cycle for the JUNO Awards.”

The bid from St. John’s to host the festivities included financial commitments of $750,000 from the province, $500,000 from the feds and $250,000 from the municipal government.

Mile One Centre will host CTV’s broadcast of the Junos on the final night of the Juno weekend, and downtown St. John’s is swarming with clubs to accommodate festival showcases and parties. George Street has the most bars per square foot in North America, while venues in the outlying area will also host various events.

Corner Brook hosting the ECMA’s soon and now St. John’s with the Junos next year.  Right now I’d rather go to the Junos next year instead of the Olympics.  Much more of a “grown up” party. 🙂

Tomorrow night a 60 minute show due to Queen’s Hockey.  Big rivalry game between RMC-Queen’s so should be a great game.  But I will play new music tomorrow.

I’ll be playing some tracks from folkartlullaby.  That’s the recording name of Robert Thornhill and his full album is called “in this room”, it’s an independent release that can be picked up from his myspace or his e-mail.  You can listen to some tracks now and tomorrow night.

website: www.myspace.com/folkartlullaby
email: folkartlullaby@gmail.com