Single Point Links posted in July 2009

CFL Captures Top 3 Weekend Sports Rating Positions

Published on July 31, 2009 6:57 PM

This is not by accident or fluke.

Other Side to Regina Dome

Published on July 22, 2009 3:49 PM

The dome opposition successfully counter-spins government claims that no general tax-revenues will fund the project. Suggestions of the gaming corporation or other crown corporations partnering in the stadium do mean their general revenue will not be returned back to the provincial coffers. Will the revenue from the stadium make up for these lost profits? That is hard to say. Domed stadiums (retractable or fixed-roof) often cost more to construct (especially when built publicly) than initial estimates and operate at a break even point. Until a realistic, unbiased and conservative study is produced, these questions will remain. Ballpark figures won’t do, as those wanting the business will easily low ball estimates to get the project off the ground.

Regina Dome Stadium Best Option

Published on July 21, 2009 10:35 AM

The government commissioned study on the stadium options for the Saskatchewan Roughriders has recommended a dome stadium to replace the current outdoor Mosaic Stadium. The province has now commissioned a $1 million feasibility study on building a covered stadium.

The recommendation is not unexpected since the premier and mayor have expressed their belief in a domed stadium. The study report makes a good case for the more expensive indoor stadium, however, at this level, no detail around costs, partners, location and other components is given. The next report will have to provide this detail to not be considered a whitewash.

CFL’s SpyGate

Published on July 15, 2009 12:17 PM

The latest push-button issue bubbling up in the CFL is team’s spying on each other. I’m sure it will be discarded to the trash heap in a week or two as soon as some other controversy comes along.

The trouble with creating rules against spying is how do you define it and how do you enforce it. Rules will be worked around and the stealthiness increased. I, for one, think spying to gain an advantage is a weakness. I would keep it simple and ban opposing teams’ employees and volunteers from practices. There is an obligation on teams, however, to change or rotate their signals each week as a prevention measure.

Finding Former Players

Published on July 6, 2009 6:54 PM

If you know a CFLPA alumn, you may want to ask if they are aware of their pension. If not, have them get in touch with the CFLPA.

New Launches

Published on July 1, 2009 11:28 AM

A much cleaner, accessible look. Ads are not as intrusive. I’m digging through it now, but there are some content improvements as well as better navigation and a hope that the league will continue to add and update all their content rather than just news and video. See Mark Cohon’s Welcome to the 2009 Season as well.