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  1. Mark Evans is a bit of a blowhard. Yes, it would be good to shore up support in these traditional RL towns, basing it solely off their population numbers. However the sport has, for the most part, failed to resonate with the changing demographic of these locations. I don't see any major initiatives being led by Mr. Elstone (and his SL pay masters) that are going to change this situation.
  2. Toronto supporters need to understand that the proposal might not be viable. As great as the city is, and as strong as the fanbase they have developed may be, the business case needs to be water tight for their inclusion. What are the additional revenues to SL from having TWP? There is a lot of hyperbole about the size of the market, and "exposure", but how does that translate into value for the league? TWP have very little content to sell to broadcasters. I really struggle to see concrete financial benefits, unless they are supported by a huge investor to see it through the long term.
  3. Well, it been a good ride lads. As a TWP fan I loved every minute of it, it always seemed like a hair-brained scheme. The truth is that is was a house built on sand, there isn't enough content to sell for a North American TV deal, and almost no local roots. I loved the game days at Lamport, and getting to know about the teams in the north of England. Had some good nights with the travelling fans. The sport is an amazing spectacle, which unfortunately doesn't get the coverage it deserves. I'll have nothing but positive memories of the experience.
  4. You are right, that is a professional approach. However, I'd like to know how that "re-routing of money to expansion" line would go down with many SL Chairmen.
  5. There is no money for expansion, so it wouldn't be much of a job. The only way it happens is through rich investors, who need to be attracted to the game.
  6. Not sure if this is true, but 2 a point deductions seems like a bit of tokenism. Recruitment is going to be tricky if they are allowed back in.
  7. Who knows? Some people can't let go of work in retirement.
  8. He's a retired MLSE executive. He's not short of a few bucks, this could just be a retirement hobby for him.
  9. I agree, this shouldn't be penalized more than a knock on. The defending player is making a split second decision, probably doesn't know himself if the the intercept is on or not. Simplify the rules, don't have referees try to interpret players intent.
  10. This is a joke, sponsorship for post game pizza! It is so farm/minor league. SL shouldn't have done this deal just for the damage to the league's brand it has generated. What company is seriously going to put any money into sponsorship of SL after this?
  11. Ryan Brierley is an amazing ambassador of this sport. He went out of his way in Toronto to give time to fans and participate in media events. I saw him a few rows below me at a TFC game, I went down and had a short chat to him. That is a shocking wage for his talents. If 40K is the average salary, and there are marque players factored in, there must be a lot of players on this level.
  12. This is the TWP discussion thread, he was a player for them (if on loan), at least until COVID struck. So yes, back on topic, when compared to discussion about SL clubs relative greed for going with 11 teams. It also relates to the sports market in Toronto, and perhaps a missed opportunity it if TWP are abandoned. SO pretty much on thread.
  13. Back to the topic. Quinn Ngawati just signed for RUNY in the MLR. I hope RL fans don't complain when they lose the North American market. That comment is a bit tongue in cheek, because the MLR is still very much in the startup category of ventures, and could easily fail. However things like this will leave an impression with the Toronto fans. The Arrows are already looking to get hold of the Wolfpack members list and continue on with games at Lamport.
  14. Indeed. If only the money already spent on TWP had gone into setting up a good quality summer league of six teams based in the North East of America/Canada. Teams made up. of good quality imports (below SL/NRL level) mixed with a few locals. This is how the NHL started.
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