Posted in Canadian Sports, tagged Canada, Canadian Baseball League, Major League Baseball, Major League Baseball Expansion, Montreal, Montreal Expos, Montreal Olympic Stadium, Quebec, Toronto Blue Jays on September 26, 2014|
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Source: City: Expos Should Come Back to Montreal
Build it and it will come, which is a famous line from a baseball movie. Montreal needs a modern baseball park that can support the team and allow for the team to be popular there. And then the people of Montreal and the Province of Quebec need to support this franchise. With a management group with the resources and commitment to winning and baseball can be successful in Montreal and always be there.
But even if that all happens and that is still and if and a major if, Major League Baseball with the way it is currently set up with twenty-nine franchises in America, would probably not be the right home for the Expos. Not saying that they should be a AAA club. But playing at least half of their games every year in another country and taking long road trips to play just their division games in the National league or American League like they use to, might not work again.
If Canada wants professional baseball again, let alone major league baseball, than their big cities including Montreal needs to step up. And say “we are ready for professional baseball again and perhaps even Major League Baseball”. And build their own Canadian League with MLB being part of that and expanding in Canada. Eight to ten clubs in Canada with two divisions and a national series.
If that were to work, then MLB might be able to expand in America again to support the new CBL and you could see an MLB-CBL merger and create a real North American Continental Series to decide the pro-club championship of North American baseball. But putting the Expos or whatever the new Montreal club would be called back in the National League or moving them to the American League long-term, I don’t believe would work again.
Canada needs to step up with major league caliber ballparks in their big cities. Like Montreal, Ottawa, Hamilton, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and perhaps even in Toronto the Blue Jays long-term and put the Blue Jays in this new major Canadian league to be able to compete long-term with America when it comes to Major League Baseball. And the way pro baseball would succeed again in Canada and be there indefinitely.
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Posted in Canadian Sports, tagged Baltimore Stallions, Birmingham Piranhas, Canadian Football League, CFL 1995, CFL American Expansion, CFL Commissioner Larry Smith, Las Vegas Posse, Memphis Mad Dogs, Sacramento Gold Miners, San Antonio Texans, Shreveport Pirates on April 24, 2013|
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CFL expansion 1995 — commissioner Larry Smth – YouTube.
To put it simply CFL expansion into the United States didn’t work because it had bad management. Bad marketing, lack of funds, lack of homework. They seemed to have this idea that if the CFL just came to America. It would automatically work especially in markets that didn’t have NFL franchises. Because of how much Americans love football and it doesn’t work like that. The main reason NFL expansion works in America. Is because for a city to be rewarded an NFL franchise. It has to meet certain requirements. The city has to have the right management group of people who can show they. Not only know how to run a sports franchise but a business as well and that’s exactly what. Sports franchises are, they are business’s, companies even and they must have money up front to. Succeed but they have to show they can make money down the road. And they have to sell a certain amount of tickets up front what are called. Season tickets to show that their expansion team will have the support they need up. Front to survive and only Baltimore showed they had that type of support and management.
The Baltimore Stallions had a major league caliber management team led by Jim Speros. Their Governor running a CFL franchise and the CFL all due respect and many ways it’s. A great league but it’s not major league compared with the NFL where the other. American CFL franchises like the Birmingham Barracudas , the Memphis Mad Dogs and. San Antonio Texans playing in huge 70-80 thousand seat stadiums and drawing 15-20. Thousand fans a game, what these franchises should’ve been able to do just before. Being rewarded a CFL franchise, was to show that they could sell 15-20 thousand season. Tickets per season, come up with local TV and radio deals. Be able to market their clubs and promote their players. Had the money to spend on quality players and were committed to putting a. Winning product on the field each season. Again only the Stallions and maybe the San Antonio Texans show they could do this.
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It’s not that Americans expansion was a bad idea for the CFL but what was bad. About it was they didn’t put enough thought into it. American expansion makes sense and is something that could be done in the future. And work well and with the new and hopefully better and successful. United States Football League starting up in 2014. Perhaps a CFL-USFL merger is possible but you gotta have the right management groups. The right stadiums and you gotta have the right support from your potential fans and don’t automatically. Assume they will support the club because they are American and love football. And you also gotta to stay out of NFL markets and concentrate on major non NFL American markets. Perhaps the only thing that the CFL did well in 1994, going to Baltimore at the time, Birmingham. Memphis, San Antonio, Las Vegas and Sacramento instead of competing with NFL clubs for the same fans.
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