Single Point Links posted in April 2010

New Empire Takes Shape

Published on April 25, 2010 5:52 PM

Interesting to read not only about the progress on the stadium, but the task to relocate season ticket holders to new seats and other challenges. There is also the promise that afternoon games may become included in future Lions’ schedules and with the new BC Place retractable roof those games may be partially outdoors as well.

Sask. to Host 2010 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

Published on April 15, 2010 8:08 PM

Seems logical to make it part of Saskatchewan’s 100th Anniversary celebrations and I’m sure it will be the most attended in a long time but if the east is the weak point, why keep it in the west? (Last year’s inaugural move from Hamilton to Winnipeg does not count as an east event.) My pick would have been Montreal this year with Tracy Ham and Elfrid Payton being inducted.

2010 Rule Changes Approved

Published on April 14, 2010 7:10 PM

Four changes for 2010, including the reversal of the scrimmage/kick-off option after a field goal that was removed last year. The change with the most promise to affect games is the requirement for two-point converts in overtime.

Gazette Reports on CBA Negotiations

Published on April 7, 2010 9:36 PM

This is about the potential for revenue increases in many cities with stadium changes and an increased television contract and owners not wanting to commit 56% of those revenues to player salaries. They would rather keep it all themselves to make up for past losses. Today’s 6pm hour on Prime Time Sports with guests Herb Zurkowsky and Ed Tait had much on the topic as well.

As Regina’s Rob Vanstone says, any stoppage would be bad for business for a league still on the rebound.

2009 Bombers Suffer (Final) Loss

Published on April 7, 2010 8:30 PM

Interesting points revealed in Winnipeg’s fiscal year-end financial statements and $1.2 million reported deficit:

  • league revenues dropped by $150,000 year-over-year
  • almost $1 million ($981,950) in severance charges in 2009 fiscal year
  • gate receipts only decreased $66,436 while sponsorship fell $205,232
  • deficit was covered by the the team’s surplus, which is now reduced to $3.88 million

The off-season shakeup continues in Winnipeg with the Blue Bomber board of directors. A record of 7-11 while being the only team to exceed the salary cap despite creative roster moves does not sit well in Winnipeg.

2009 SMS Report: Bombers Exceed Cap

Published on April 6, 2010 10:46 PM

I would say the cap has proved itself in providing transparency and proof to fans of a level playing field. In addition it provides the enforced fiscal restraint that clubs need.