Single Point Links posted in February 2012

Bombers Bounced Back to Canad Inns

Published on February 27, 2012 5:58 PM

So much for needing to have an Investors Group Field trial run at the pre-season game. Also, what about Canad Inns stadium decommissioning already being started and not being in shape for football? No questions, no answers when you report off a press release.

'Riders Announce Mosaic Upgrade

Published on February 24, 2012 8:05 PM

I like the design, something Taylor Field has needed for a long time (and could have been built how cheaply 10-15 years ago?). Though many negative Nelly’s across the country herald it as notice no new stadium will be built, it is obvious this is driven by the 2013 Grey Cup and the prosperity of the ‘Riders. Nothing as elaborate would be done if such a big event (which has changed since Regina last hosted) didn’t sit between now and their planned new stadium.

While not expensive at $14 million, spending $8 million in reserves plus a $6.2 million low interest loan from the provincial government for four seasons doesn’t seem cost recoverable even. Obviously they have the numbers, but I calculate about $1 million more a year in ticket sales and maybe $500,000 in corporate boxes, and even with Grey Cup profit, they might just cover the cost. That’s if the team and economy stay hot. Quite a risk in order to provide additional money for the stadium. They could continue to add their $7 million a year to their reserve with no risk (and not reduce demandincrease supply by increasing the number of seats).

Finally, what is with the video that shows the scoreboard reading R. Riders? I guess they own both version of the name now.

Esks Post Profit for 2011

Published on February 22, 2012 7:32 PM

After an accounting loss last year the Eskimos were back in the black by just under $500,000 in 2011 and had substantial revenue increases. That $9 million in the bank may grow faster with a change in front office direction on spending money to make money.

Ottawa Council Approves Lansdowne Again

Published on February 22, 2012 7:18 PM

We are among those waiting for the court obstacles to clear up, but the designs revealed two weeks ago are only 75% complete?

Cal Murphy: 1932-2012

Published on February 19, 2012 11:25 AM

We are shocked and saddened by Kindly Cal’s sudden passing. Cal was a Canadian pioneer in the CFL coaching, general manager and executive ranks. His influence in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s has forever left a legacy with the league. Our prayers and sympathies go out to the Murphy family at this time.

2012 CFL Schedule Released

Published on February 17, 2012 12:14 PM

Another highly anticipated CFL schedule. I have only viewed the summary, but no big surprises I can see.

I will work on getting the schedule resources around here updated this weekend and an analysis post later on.

Conspiracy Theory Makes Serious Allegations

Published on February 17, 2012 11:29 AM

This Cam Cole article from a few days ago did not create a big splash of attention, but these allegations are very serious to make without any evidence at all to back them up. They call into question the integrity of the commissioner, board of governors and GM’s of this league and the sanctity of member club independence. Before anyone takes this theory any farther, they should have actual documents or statements showing a conspiracy exists, not just circumstantial evidence.

Warren Hudson: 1962-2012

Published on February 16, 2012 7:47 PM

More devastating than his blocks, this news has saddened us at CFLdb. Our sympathies and support go out to the Hudson family. His number called too soon, we will remember his impact on the field as well as off.

The Globe Power 50

Published on February 10, 2012 8:31 PM

Four CFL’ers make the list, with David Braley (16), Mark Cohon (17) and Doug Mitchell (44) maintaining positions on the list. New on the list this year is Anthony Calvillo (39). Falling off are Boy Young and Leo Ezerins.

Commissioner Cohon Renews for Three Years

Published on February 10, 2012 7:43 PM

The list of accomplishments under Mark Cohon is long, but most would not have been spearheaded by him, yet he did see them completed in his term. That is why his renewal is so important. He delegates well, provides vision and direction for the owners and gets things done.

The Most Beautiful Stadium in Canada

Published on February 7, 2012 2:09 PM

Judging by the artist concepts of the (final?) Lansdowne Park plans, Ottawa will have the most beautiful stadium in an urban park setting in Canada. There is just nothing that compares to this combination of park, stadium and commercial/residential interests. You can have this or the conservancy’s stadium of the past.

I wish I lived in this neighbourhood.

Update: Some details on the site and Horticulture Building.

Updated Lansdowne Plan in Two Weeks

Published on February 3, 2012 9:05 PM

Even with all these details decided with public input, there are bound to be discussions as construction starts about flaws in the arrangement and design.

Update: Public presentation of the plan is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7th, 2012.

Saskatoon Franchise Generates Much Speculation

Published on February 3, 2012 11:04 AM

Triggered by a story of two fired CUC employees, the interest of Saskatoon in a CFL franchise became a hot topic this week. The Roughriders immediately downplayed the possibility and explained the hurdles. The Saskatoon Mayor stepped in to say the CFL file was closed. Reporters from Regina and Saskatoon review the possibility and draw different conclusions as to why it can’t happen.