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  1. ojx

    Hemel and New York

    I agree, many New Yorkers hate going to NJ. MCU is a terrible rugby venue. I don't see how it can work without a venue in the city. Pier 40 with a little renovation could be used for League One. Call them the New York Dockers.
  2. ojx

    Hemel and New York

    Indeed. If NYCFC and their backers can't find/build a good venue, nobody can.
  3. ojx

    Hemel and New York

    Or perhaps they see the exiting regional SL in its current form, living on borrowed time of a legacy TV contract, as less relevant to the future of northern hemisphere RL than some may believe.
  4. Ottawa in March. I shudder to think about that.
  5. Yes, Hemel will essentially be playing in Ottawa.
  6. ojx

    Hemel and New York

    We are in big trouble then!
  7. To give them a chance (and a home game), I would put the NA team in at 4th.
  8. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-rugby-league-professional-team-1.5065989
  9. A different Conference System: 12 team European SL as usual 4 North American teams in a conference. NA teams play each other home and away twice, and either home or away once against the SL teams. Total of 24 games (starting season a little later than SL). SL teams play each other home and away, and play NA teams either home or away once. Total of 26 games. This way they would only have to make one two-week trip to NA each season. Additionally, they would only have to suffer two home games against NA teams (with their lack of travelling fans). Essentially this just gets rid of the loop fixtures for them. Play offs are made up of top 4 in SL plus the top NA team, this is using the currant five team play off system. No relegation from NA conference, however they must use a certain number of North American players. This will give them time to invest and develop, even though it would take a while for them to be competitive. The NA conference has to find it's own TV deal. Best case scenario, it is a big success. Worst case it goes #### up and the SL is left with 12 teams and continues as usual.
  10. In CFL and NHL yes. Not on the level as Montreal-Toronto but this would be a good start.
  11. I'd like to see Ottawa placed straight onto the Championship. Even if it is as a 15th team so not to effect this years promotion/relegations system. In fact, as a 15th team, it would mean that each travelling team could have a bye week to recover from the trip. without the Summer Bash, this would only mean one more fixture than this season. Smashing League One sides is not a good look when trying to attract new fans. I understand why Toronto did it as they were the first venture of this kind, but the Championship will be better product to show folks in Ottawa.
  12. Eric Perez thinks they are ready to go next year. With the backing of a major professional sports group in Ottawa, it would be great if they are given the green light for next year. They would already have the best stadium in the RFL (except for the turf).
  13. ojx

    Hemel and New York

    Realistically, the only other possibility for MLR in Canada is Vancouver. This leaves the eastern cities as a good option for RL. Montreal after Ottawa?