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Old August 6th, 2014, 11:29 PM   #4001
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The Toronto Argonauts are the only team in the league that loses money while expansion Ottawa looks set to be a big success.
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The Toronto Argonauts are the only team in the league that loses money while expansion Ottawa looks set to be a big success.
You fed the troll again ...
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Old August 7th, 2014, 11:09 PM   #4003
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Interesting tidbit floated out of a Rogers Centre conversation last night.

The TiCats get paid $1million per game that these construction delays keep them out of TimBit Park. Insurance deal. Roaring success.

And Robert Wettenhall hisself has stated that the Als lose money virtually every year. Potential is there to make a small profit with a good playoff run.

Hamspec ran a profile on RW a couple or three years back on how renovations at PeMo have tapped the public purse for $38 million plus almost $7 million out of Wetenhall's pocket. It included this, with a quote from ex-Al and all-CFL fart catcher Larry Smith:

Like Hamilton's Bob Young, Alouettes owner Bob Wetenhall has consistently lost money during an ownership tenure that began in 1997, Smith says. Estimates put that figure at $10 million.

"Will he recoup the amount of money that he's put into the franchise? No. But if owners can see an opportunity to break even, they usually stick -- it's when they see that the hole is only going to get deeper that owners get tired and leave."



And Ottawa? Hah! Two bankruptcies say it all.
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Old August 12th, 2014, 05:57 AM   #4004
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Fort McMurray's under construction SMS Football Stadium - opening with an expanded capacity of 15 000 seats, with permanent capacity of 5 000




http://www.macdonaldisland.ca/shell-...es/sms-stadium

and right next door...


Fort McMurray's under construction Shell Place Baseball Stadium - seating for 2300 people, and an additional 3200 on the berm.


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Old August 12th, 2014, 06:00 AM   #4005
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The Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders are supposedly set to play at this new stadium when it's completed. Fort Mac needed something like this. A monied predominantly male population with nothing to do in their spare time.
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Pretty ambitious, but who's going to be playing in those? It's a pretty long hike out there.
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Old August 13th, 2014, 10:45 AM   #4007
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Pretty ambitious, but who's going to be playing in those? It's a pretty long hike out there.
I imagine they'll bid for a team in the Western Major Baseball League. It's an 11 team Alberta-Saskatchewan league founded in 1931. A tenant for the football stadium will likely be a new franchise in the Alberta Football League. It currently has 7 teams. Local recreational teams will likely use both facilities.

Travel costs are always a big concern for Canadian teams, but both these leagues are regional/provincial in scope so it shouldn't be an issue. Alberta is the size of Texas and Saskatchewan marginally smaller. It's about 440km from Ft. Mac to Edmonton by car so roughly a 4 hour drive.




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Old August 19th, 2014, 03:32 PM   #4008
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The Toronto Raptors are planning a new 68,000 sf practice facility on the grounds of Exhibition Place

This will be discussed at the Executive Committee meeting of Toronto City Council tomorrow

Will be available for use by the public - design is by Baldwin Franklin and Guernsey (out of Oklahoma - they did the Thunder NBA facility)

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This report seeks Council's approval for the long-term lease of a land parcel at the west end of the Exhibition Place grounds to Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. ("MLSE") for the construction and operation of a 68,000 sq. ft. high-performance basketball development and training centre and to declare the subject lands surplus to City requirements. This training centre will include two indoor basketball courts along with a range of ancillary areas.

MLSE has committed, as part of the proposed lease agreement, to making the majority of the daytime and evening basketball court time available for community use. The majority of the remaining time will be used for the training of the Toronto Raptor National Basketball League team. Parks staff have indicated that the availability of these basketball courts for community use will address a shortage of premium indoor basketball space in the south downtown.

Staff have also determined that the proposed level of community usage will make the portion of the centre that is open to the public eligible for a property tax and development charge exemption if the facility is designated as a Municipal Capital Facility. This report recommends that Council direct staff to enter into a Municipal Capital Facility agreement with MLSE for the proposed facility.

The proposed land lease will result in an annual rental payment of $205,000, with periodic adjustments for inflation, to the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place.






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Very blurry renderings of the Raptors proposed training facility that got ok'd at Executive Committee at City Council this morning



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