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  1. I went to 2 New England Free Jacks games this year in my Toronto Wolfpack cap and heard nothing but "hey cool" or "man I'd like to get up and check that out." Maybe it exists in Canada and not here?
  2. While there are regrettable things that exist in US sports, this whole "we're better fans than you" stuff is hilarious. Come to Boston or go to New York and go to a sporting event and tell fans there's no connection. My grandfather is buried in a Red Sox hat. Our teams are our best representatives of our cities. "Clubs"- that's kind of a laugh. Manchester United, Chelsea, etc- those are as much "brands" as the Lakers, Eagles, or Cowboys. "Transient fans"- that's a laugher. Using that to paint us as bad fans would be the same as me saying the horrific racism on display in British sports from fans- unknown and shocking to us- represents you all. We're such bad fans our teams fill their own stadiums and don't need to rely on visiting fans for financial security. My Patriots season's tickets came in today, my family's 47th year of having tickets (passed from my father to me a few years ago), and the waiting list is years long. You can't get tickets to Maple Leafs games on gameday, and they haven't won anything since 1967. The Green Bay Packers have a 30 (thirty!) year long waiting list for seats. "Transient fans". LOL.
  3. A lot of British people do not understand our sports culture, where following 4 or even more teams is normal. It's why we'll never have any "code wars" here.
  4. Your Cosmos example was 100% wrong, as I pointed out previously in this thread and the existence of New York Red Bulls, NYCFC, and Major League Soccer (as well as the 3 levels of USL and NISA) prove you wrong here.
  5. The only thing starting a "divide" does is turn off potential fans. Our sports don't fight each other, and we think it's crazy yours do. We support ALL our teams in our different regions. There is no local league programs to join. Those should, and will be, started when there's professional teams to draw interest from. You're worrying about a sport 99% of Americans and Canadians have never seen.
  6. The CBC is the Canadian national broadcaster. They cover things they don't have "deals" with all the time. Arrows are a small-time, semi-pro squad and are covered as such. They're mentioned in this story. They get the coverage their status warrants. We don't see "codes" in North America. They're two different sports, just like American football and Canadian football are. Neither kind of rugby will ever be huge (NHL/NBA/NFL/MLS/MLB) in America or Canada, but there's still plenty of room to carve out a niche- which would still mean millions of new fans, sponsors, investment. Your code war is bizarre to us, 99% of people here have never seen any kind of rugby so all this worrying about union is just frankly weird. Rugby league will succeed or fail in North America on it's own merits. Worrying about union is a waste of time.
  7. Ah, I thought the Burnside Rules came after the Grey Cup was awarded, not before. I stand corrected. It was still called the Canadian Rugby Union, though.
  8. If the NFL ever tried to expand into Canada, this will come back and be enforced.
  9. As one of the foreigners (hi) who is a lifelong fan of his local NFL team (go Pats) and has follow the Roughriders for the last 5 years- Canadian football isn't as close to ours as you think it is. This post is pretty common among NFL fans, who see the CFL as a distant cousin- not a close neighbor. Now don't gasp, but the Grey Cup was originally a rugby union trophy- the words "rugby championship of Canada" are etched on it.
  10. Hard to fault him when your options are a semi-professional league with aspirations of going fully pro, that has 2 TV deals, versus an amateur competition that claims to be semi-pro but can barely be that, and hardly get it's games onto YouTube.
  11. I was trying to reinforce your point, I got you. I've been to power line city aka Mississauga haha.
  12. The average attendance for USARL is between 50 to 200 people. Friends and family. We need professional teams in a serious, professional competition. I have nothing but respect for those who put in their time and money into it, but it's not going anywhere as an amateur, small time sport with a handful of teams on one coast. It's also a mess. USARL barely updates it's Twitter or Instagram. They haven't done anything to announce USA's inclusion in the World 9's on their social media. It's bananas. There's no unified YouTube channel to catch games, it's all done piecemeal by the teams- who are again hand-to-mouth amateur operations.
  13. Hi, Let me weigh in as in American. RU existed here, with no following seriously, for 100+ years an amateur sport (even winning the 1924 Olympics). No profile whatsoever. The clubs, not the financially ruined USA Rugby, got together and started a semi-pro competition and it's gotten some traction. It's still a tiny, niche thing that few know about that averages 2k per game (that's lowest rung minor league baseball numbers). Nobody will be "lost" to union. People here (as they do in Canada) will support both because that's how our sports culture is. Keep your code war nonsense overseas. Amateur teams closing down in Canada or in the US is down to how hard it is to run any kind of amateur sports on this continent. Amateur, grassroots growth does nothing here. There was no hockey in Arizona or Nashville, TN before the NHL came to town, now it's played in both non-traditional places. Soccer was grassroots, amateur, and nowhere here from 1984 (death of NASL) until the 1994 World Cup and the 1996 start of Major League Soccer. Now after 20+ years, soccer is one of our major sports with soccer stadiums from one end of the nation to the other and everywhere in between. Give up this "we have to fight union" idea. Union isn't fighting you here, nobody cares. We expect all our teams to support each other, so if say the Arrows began to attack the Wolfpack or RUNY started to talk about NYCRL it would turn off fans and the media. Aussie rules football here is played by the Aussie expats who come here to work and a smattering of Americans. If I didn't date an Aussie in NYC for 5 years I wouldn't even know it exists here. Nobody knows. The only thing that will grow the game here in the United States (and up in Canada) is professional teams. That's it. It'll be 15 years before you see North Americans playing, just like it took 20 before the Melbourne Storm turned out a Victorian.
  14. If you lived in Mississauga and you don't root for the Leafs I'd imagine life would be very hard for you. I know a Bruins fan who lives in Hamilton and his wife's family gives him hell for it.
  15. I don't live in Toronto, so I can't give you a reason for that. TTC (the public transport system) can be fickle- to say the least- which might have something to do with it. As long as they come, who cares when they get there haha.
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