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North American Markball League; A Fictional Sport & A Fictional History: 1960 Urquhart Cup

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1951 Offseason

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The biggest news in the offseason was the addition of second, or away jerseys. Each team was given 3 months to create the jersey design. Most teams just decided to do a color reversal, but some teams created all-new designs.

 

Washington:

The Warriors' new away jersey is white, and features just one blue stripe instead of two white ones, with the W still in the stripe. "I'm really happy with this look" said star Leo Edward. "Hopefully we can win the cup with it." The pants are blue instead of white, and the socks are the same.

 

Philadelphia:

The Falcons' jersey is also white, and features a chest stripe with the city's name across it. "We want to show everyone who we're playing for, and that's Philadelphia." said owner Thomas Willis. The pants and socks are the same design, but inverted.

 

Toronto:

The Nationals made the biggest changes, unveiling an all-new design, a white uniform with blue sleeves and red cuffs. The logo is still on the front and the socks imitate the sleeve pattern. "We wanted to stand out from the rest of the league, so we made this design." said executive Robert Cook.

 

New York:

The Knights didn't agree with the idea of the away jersey, so they just inverted the orange and white on their uniform. "We don't think the league needs two uniforms when there's only 8 teams, but here is our jersey." said owner George Small. Small stated that the Knights would only wear their home jersey unless they absolutely had to wear their away.

 

Chicago:

The Crusaders were the only team with a different colour on their away, making it the powder blue found on the city's flag. The design is the same, with the powder blue replacing the white and the white replacing the blue. "This is our city and we will fight for its people" said the team in a press statement.

 

Michigan:

The Bandits didn't make too much of a deal about the new jerseys, simply inverting the burgundy and yellow on their uniform. "I personally love this look, and I think our gentlemen made the right choice in keeping it the same" said defensemen Harry Keener.

 

St. Louis:

The gatekeepers went with a wacky design, with a white jersey resembling a vertical barberpole. When the look was unveiled, many fans were unhappy with the look, even going so far as threatening to switch allegiance. However, many other fans were very vocal in their support in the design. "I don't understand all this fuss over a uniform. It's not like we're overthrowing the president or anything" said Arnold Lejoscasa.

 

Boston:

Boston did the same thing as New York and Michigan, simply inverting their current jersey to make a white jersey with a green sash. "I'm not an artist, but I think that this design represents my city well and I hope we can do great things in it" said Grad Rox.

 

In terms of transactions, no major deals happened over the summer, but Washington re-signed forward Leo Edward to a 4-year contract worth 50,000 a year, making him the highest-paid player in the NAML. many other minor signings occured around the league. But nothing major to note.

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1952 NAML Season

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The 6th season of the NAML started with four games on the same day; the Nationals defeated St. Louis 44-25 in Toronto, The Warriors beat the Bandits 41-30 in a well-fought match, The Knights crushed Philadelphia 52-23 in Manhattan, and the Wolfhounds fell 52-37 to the Crusaders in Boston.

 

After a strange season the year before, many people assumed that the standings would revert back to how they were before. One of those teams hoping to bounce back were the Warriors, with newly re-signed superstar Leo Edward. Washington started off the season in top form, with three straight wins to start the year. They struggled for a while after that, having a 6-5 record after 11 games. They were in danger of falling to .500 but came back to defeat Toronto, and their season went uphill from there. they finished the season on an 8-1 run, and a final record of 14-6. In Philadelphia, the Falcons appeared to finally get over the loss of Rox two seasons earlier. Patrick MacKenzie played fantastically again, Patrick Rostiston enjoyed a good year, and Cecil Bonnom was kicking goals at will, but Rox's hole was too big to fill. Despite this, they made the playoffs for the first time since 1949, finishing in third at 12-7-1. In Toronto, there really was nowhere to go but up after the season before, where they amassed a measly 5 points. Theo Krakowski had a career year offensively, and Gabriel MacDee was a force in the backfield, but Andy Kappert played awfully, letting in easy goals and giving the ball away too frequently, which lost many winnable games for Toronto, who finished at 7-12-1, 12 points out of the semifinals. In New York, the Knights were expected to go back down to the bottom of the league, but they played strong in their first games, gaining a 2-1-1 record. After that however, they couldn't catch a break and played poorly, losing 8 consecutive games. They couldn't recover after that, finishing at 5-13-2, 7th in the league.

 

Out west, the favoured Bandits kept getting better and better. Despite a hand injury to Andrew McCaig and starting out 2-3, they played with great flow and chemistry. Then they broke through, winning their next 11 games, with only 2 decided by 12 points or less. During this stretch, defenseman Harry Keener played arguably some of the best defensive markball ever seen, and Len Garey once again led the league in goals with 59. After the 11th win, the Bandits stepped off the gas, and ended the season in first, at 15-5. In the Windy City, the Crusaders played great defensively again, but their offense couldn't get anything going. They still powered on, with Goddard and Perry holding the fort defensively and Peters trying to set up plays in the midfield. This resulted in some success. but less than the year before. the Crusaders made the playoffs in the final seed, at 12-8. In St. Louis, the 'Keepers had the opposite problem. Their attacking trio was doing great, but their defense couldn't get their act together. This caused more problems for them than Chicago, since they kept losing leads late. This resulted in another disappointing season for St. Louis, at 7-11-2, 10 points back of the Crusaders for the final spot. Finally, in Boston, the Wolfhounds struggled all year, despite good performances from Rox and Ridley Robinson. Despite this, Boston routinely sold out their games, and the fans never seemed to turn on their players. Boston's highlight of the year was Rox kicking his 200th NAML goal against his former team, the Falcons.

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The 1952 NAML awards were given to:

Chester Harland Award (League MVP): Harry Keener, CB, Michigan

Leading Goalkicker Award: Len Garey, FL, Michigan

Benjamin Legrand Award: Ambrose Gares, G, Washington

 

Notable Events:

  • Michigan forward Nicholas Atkins missed 5 weeks of the season to compete in track and field at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki. He ended up finishing 4th in the 100m final.
  • As an attempt to increase interest in the sport, each team played one game in a nearby city, and fans had opportunities to meet players after the games. Washington played in Baltimore, Philadelphia played in Pittsburgh, Toronto played in Ottawa, New York played in Atlantic City, Michigan played in Cleveland, Chicago played in Milwaukee, St. Louis played in Houston, and Boston played in Halifax. Each game sold out and the experiment was deemed a success.
  • Washington defenseman Gordon Quick collapsed after a hard tackle during a match and was rushed to hospital, where he received life-saving surgery. Doctors expected him to make a full recovery.
  • For the first time in his career, Len Garey was held goalless in a match against St. Louis.
  • Weather played a big toll on the season, with multiple matches being played in muddy or wet conditions.

Playoff Preview:

(1) Michigan Bandits vs (4) Chicago Crusaders

Regular Season Meetings: 3

Results: Michigan 35-23 Chicago, Michigan 39-20 Chicago Michigan 35-28 Chicago

As good as Chicago looks with its defense, the Bandits are simply too strong and look like they could easily repeat as Urquhart Cup champions. The Crusaders have lost in the last two cup finals, so they could have some motivation to get back and give their all. Expect a great defensive performance from Harry Keener and multiple goals from Len Garey. For Chicago, expect a breakout performance from John Peters.

Prediction: Michigan will look to defend the cup with a 36-21 victory.

 

(2) Washington Warriors vs (3) Philadelphia Falcons

Regular Season Meetings: 3

Results: Philadelphia 42-36 Washington, Washington 49-22 Philadelphia, Washington 46-38 Philadelphia

This is one of those games where anything could happen. Washington definitely has experience in the playoffs, with two Cup wins already, while Philadelphia hasn't made the playoffs for a while. However, the Falcons would like to prove that they are an elite team. Expect big games from Patrick MacKenzie and Cecil Bonnom. For Washington, Leo Edward should have a routine game, and Ambrose Gares should be big in goal.

Prediction: Washington will head back to the cup with a 44-42 victory.

 

Just some questions for people reading this, Do you have a favourite team? a favourite player? I can make signatures or other things if you guys want them. Also, What do you like or dislike about the way I post? Should I add/remove some parts of my post? 

 

Thanks for reading!

 

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I'm hoping for the Wolfhounds to improve, awesome to see the city support them during tough times.

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23 hours ago, Darknes said:

I'm hoping for the Wolfhounds to improve, awesome to see the city support them during tough times.

I definitely expect the Wolfhounds to be better next year, Rox is still playing fantastically despite being 35, and if management can come up with a major addition to the defense, they could even contend for the cup in 2-3 years, but their time frame is short, so the Hounds should be going all in. In terms of fans, Despite having a small stadium, Boston's fans are becoming known around the league as being extremely passionate, even more than some of the original teams.

 

I have the semifinals simulated, I just need to do the write-up. (Spoiler: We've got some scoring outbursts and high scores in both games)

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5 hours ago, NoE38 said:

I definitely expect the Wolfhounds to be better next year, Rox is still playing fantastically despite being 35, and if management can come up with a major addition to the defense, they could even contend for the cup in 2-3 years, but their time frame is short, so the Hounds should be going all in. In terms of fans, Despite having a small stadium, Boston's fans are becoming known around the league as being extremely passionate, even more than some of the original teams.

 

I have the semifinals simulated, I just need to do the write-up. (Spoiler: We've got some scoring outbursts and high scores in both games)

 

Also, someone has to come along and break the Wolfhounds out of the dog house. Who looks to be a good fit for the Wolfhounds in the upcoming draft?

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18 hours ago, neo_prankster said:

Also, someone has to come along and break the Wolfhounds out of the dog house. Who looks to be a good fit for the Wolfhounds in the upcoming draft?

There isn't an official draft yet (The first one will be in the 60s). The Hounds currently need a strong force at the back, since they don't have any elite defensemen. They currently have their eyes on Vinnie McClelland, a solid 6'6" wing back with good offensive talent playing for St. John's in the EML. Boston has scouted him for a while now, and are hoping to make a deal with him in the offseason.

 

1952 NAML Semifinals

(1) Michigan Bandits vs (4) Chicago Crusaders

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Over 30,000 people flocked to Windy Park, for the first semifinal match between the Bandits and Crusaders. Before the game, Chicago received the unfortunate news that Basil Goddard was sick with the flu and couldn't play in the game. This didn't seem to affect the Crusaders early on, as they got goals from John Peters and Herb Bradley in the first five minutes. They would eventually get a 10-1 lead halfway through the quarter, but Michigan would dominate the second part of the quarter, scoring 5 unanswered points, to cut the deficit to 4 after 1. In the second, Michigan would continue dominating early, with Len Garey getting great goal off a nice team passing play. The scoring would shift back and forth after that, with the score being 15-14 for Chicago when the Bandits went back to dominating, this time absolutely controlling the play, and scoring 3 goals and a point in the span of 3 minutes. Chicago would get a few chances on Andrew McCaig, but he would only allow two points from that. Michigan would end the half with another goal from Garey. Michigan scored a playoff record 25 points in the quarter, getting a 31-17 lead at the half. 

 

To start off the third, Bradley would score another and set up a point to get Chicago back in the game. Nicholas Atkins would answer back for Michigan, and then the action would shift back and forth again. Chicago would get a point, only to have Garey score a goal and a point. But the Crusaders would storm back, and get a goal and point of their own. With 3 minutes left in the quarter, and the score 40-27, Michigan's offence would Make life hard for Crusaders keeper Gregory Franklin, getting a goal and two points, increasing their lead to 46-27 after three. Michigan would continue playing well offensively in the fourth, getting another goal and point in the first minute. Peters would get one back for Chicago, but it was too little too late. Michigan would continue outscoring them, and the final score would be 57-36 for the Bandits, who were heading back to the Urquhart Cup, with a chance to defend it.

 

(2) Washington Warriors vs (3) Philadelphia Falcons

President's Park, Washington, DC

President's Park was full of supporters as Washington was hosting their first playoff game since the 1947 Urquhart Cup. This was also Philadelphia's first playoff game since 1949, so both clubs were ready to fight till the end. The game wouldn't see its first point until Garland Kovwick hit one off the post past the point line. Philadelphia would then control the play, getting a goal from Cecil Bonnom and a point from Patrick MacKenzie. Leo Edward would kick one for Washington, but a late Falcons points gave them a 9-5 lead after 1. The second quarter was probably one of the most bizzare in NAML history. The Falcons would dominate the first 10 minutes, scoring 2 goals and three points to increase their lead to 15 points. Leo Edward would get his second for Washington, but Philadelphia would get the ball right back. They were playing great, but for some reason, just couldn't kick a goal. Washington keeper Ambrose Gares didn't have to do anything as Philadelphia missed 3 wide open nets, getting points instead of goals. The play would then shift to Washington, getting 2 more goals from Kovwick and a point from Lawrence Sanderson. Philadelphia would get the next opportunities, but still couldn't kick a goal, getting three more points. A late goal from Sanderson brought the scoreline to 26-22 for the Falcons at the half. In the second quarter, despite having 11 scores, Philadelphia only scored 2 goals and kicked 9 points, setting an NAMP record for points in a quarter. 

 

Washington was thanking their lucky stars that Philadelphia didn't capitalize on their chances, so they tried to take advantage of the opportunity. Instead, they couldn't seem to kick a goal, getting three points off of great chances they couldn't bury. The Falcons finally found their scoring touch, with MacKenzie scoring 2 in the quarter, bringing their lead to 34-25 heading into the fourth. Early in the quarter, Sanderson took a long aerial pass from goalkeeper Ambrose Gares, and chipped the ball over Stephen Brooking, giving the Warriors some hope. However, a goal from Bonnom right off of the bounce silenced the stadium. That didn't seem to faze the Warriors, who controlled the rest of the quarter, scoring 4 goals and a point while the Falcons only scored one more, giving Washington a 46-42 victory and a berth to the Urquhart Cup.

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Urquhart Cup Final Preview:

The Urquhart Cup game was awarded to Philadelphia right during the season. The game will be held at the 17,000 seater Philadelphia Mezaball Park. Officials announced that 10,000 extra seats will be added to accomodate more supporters.

 

Washington @ Michigan, at Phiadelphia, PA

Regular Season Meetings: 3

Results: Michigan 34-25 Washington, Washington 49-33 Michigan, Michigan 38-36 Washington

This should be one entertaining match. Both these teams are the only ones that have won the cup multiple times, and both are looking to become the first team to win three. This game will be won by the team that shows more heart, If one team doesn't give 110%, you can pretty much write them off. Expect a good game in net from both goaltenders, and expect a fast-paced game with accurate passing. Leo Edward should be a force, and Len Garey will get at least 3 goals.

Prediction: Michigan wins their third cup, 33-28.

 

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1952 Urquhart Cup

Date: September 27, 1952

Location: Philadelphia Markball Park, Philadelphia, PA

Weather: 72°F (22°C) Gentle breeze from east

Attendance: 29,884

 

Philadelphia Markball Park was the site of the 6th Urquhart cup, contested between the two teams that had the won the cup multiple times. The Washington Warriors were victorious in 1947 and 1949, while the Bandits lifted it up in 1948 and 1951. The teams had met twice before in the postseason, the first time in the 1948 cup final, in which the Bandits were victorious, and the 1949 semifinals, where Washington narrowly won.

 

In the first quarter, both teams started strong, with great chances at both ends but goalkeepers Ambrose Gares and Andrew McCaig stood tall. As the quarter went on, despite facing multiple shots, both goalies were perfect until Len Garey squeaked one past the pointline, giving the Bandits a 1-0 lead. after kicking it off after the point, the ball went to Leo Edward, who would ring one off the post and past the pointline, levelling the game. The game slowed down after that, and no further score happened in the quarter, making it 1-1 after 1.

 

In the second quarter, the game blew open. Right away, Lawrence Sanderson curved one past McCaig, scoring the game's first goal. But Michigan would respond right back, with a goal from Willy Trenhue, the reigning Cup MVP. Both teams would get another point, making the score 6-6. Michigan would take the lead with a point, and Harry Keener would strike one past Gares, and Trenhue would score his second, making it a three-score game. Sanderson would get one back, but Garey would punch one into an open net, restoring the lead. Edward would score a late point, but Michigan would hold an 8-point lead at the half.

 

The third quarter was much like the first, with little scoring. Both teams would get shots, to no success. Midway through, Leo Edward took a shot that hit off both goalposts and out. Sanderson hit a post as well, but there was still no score. Eventually, the ball went to Garey, who hit one bar-down, and all Gares could do was watch the shot go in. soon after, Trenhue punched one in, getting his third of the day. Late in the quarter, Edward, Sanderson, and James Doctor found themselves in a 3-on-1 against the league's MVP, Harry Keener. The three Warriors passed the ball around, and the ball eventually went to Edward, who unleashed a kick that was destined to go in, but Keener dove across to get a hand on it, making the ball go wide. broadcaster Rufus Low said after that; "Somebody buy this man a beer, buy him a whole truckload of beer. He deserves every ounce." Michigan led 27-11 after 3.

 

In the fourth, the Warriors felt optimistic, surprisingly enthusiastic despite the situation they were in. This showed as Sanderson potted his third and fourth on the game in the first minute of the quarter.Michigan countered with a nice passing play, resulting in Trenhue's fourth. Both teams would exchange points, making it 32-20. Washington would continue pressing, but the defense stood their ground, and McCaig made saves when he had to. Starting to play frantically and aggresively, the ball went to known enforcer Sidney Garnett, who kicked it into the net from a tough angle, putting Washington within 8. Edward would get a point to cut the deficit to 7, but that was ass they could do, as the Bandits' defense closed out the game, and giving them their third Urquhart Cup and the NAML's first successful cup defense.

 

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The MVP award was given to Harry Keener, who played solid on defense, and helped contribute offensively with a goal. This marked the first time a defenseman had won the Cup MVP, and the first time the same player won the Season MVP and the Cup MVP in the same year. 

 

In the annual commisioner's post-game press conference, Patrick Urquhart had some big news. "We will be expanding our league to 10 teams by 1954, and to 12 teams by 1960. The only other information I will give is that at least one of the expansion teams will be given to a Canadian City."

 

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The next post will be listing the expansion cities for 1954 and guidelines for selecting, look out for that sometime this week.

 

If you have any questions about the NAML, a team, the sport, how I simulate, stuff like that, Don't hesistate, just comment below and I will do my best to answer it.

 

Also, If you have a favourite team or player, I can make signatures or other things for them.

 

Thanks for reading!

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2 hours ago, NoE38 said:

If you have any questions about the NAML, a team, the sport, how I simulate, stuff like that, Don't hesistate, just comment below and I will do my best to answer it.

 

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I have a question, how to simulate the games? I'm really curious. I love this series btw. :)

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Can't wait until this hits the modern age.

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22 minutes ago, Matthew25 said:

I have a question, how to simulate the games? I'm really curious. I love this series btw. :)

I basically just use a random number generator with numbers between 18 and 62 (these are seen as the lowest and highest scores you can get). In playoff games, I sometimes edit the score to my liking and the storyline.

 

If you mean how I make each team's record, I give each team a preset record through the first 10 games of the season, then simulate the 10 remaining games manually.

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2 minutes ago, NoE38 said:

I basically just use a random number generator with numbers between 18 and 62 (these are seen as the lowest and highest scores you can get). In playoff games, I sometimes edit the score to my liking and the storyline.

 

If you mean how I make each team's record, I give each team a preset record through the first 10 games of the season, then simulate the 10 remaining games manually.

Oh okay, thank you. :)

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Well, it looks like I have more free time than I expected this week, so I'll go ahead and post the expansion guidelines and cities.

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Guidelines:

 

Name: A full name for your character, preferrably in a name matching the era.

Personal Biography: Put some background about your person. Profession, Age, Hometown, Something about why your person likes Markball, etc. There are no limits to what your person can be, except for being an NAML executive.

Top Three Cities: Put the top three cities you would like to have a NAML team. You don't have to pick a Canadian city, but the one with the most votes will be given a franchise, and if the top two are both Canadian cities, then they will both be given franchises

Name(s) for the Expansion teams (optional): If you have any ideas for names of the teams, I'm all ears. Part of the fun of doing a league like this is letting you guys come up with the name.

 

If you have participated in the Expansion council before, feel free to use the same character as before, but you can create a new one if you want.

 

The list of cities will be posted shortly!

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Immediately after the Urquhart Cup final, the NAML began taking entries from all over the continent from cities hoping to land an expansion team. After reviewing each one carefully, commissioner Urquhart announced the short list, featuring 8 cities, 5 Canadian and 3 American. From this shortlist, various people from all different backgrounds will discuss who they think will benefit the league and have strong city support. These 8 Cities are:

 

Hamilton, ON

Population: 205,000

Stadium: Lake Ontario Stadium (29,135)

Stadium Rating: 24%

Fan Interest: 95%

Hamilton's sport has been markball ever since the NHL's Tigers were relocated. Fans sell out every game at Lake Ontario Stadium, and the NAML is convinced that they will be among the most passionate in the league should they get a team. Lake Ontario Stadium is aging and starting to fall apart, so while it isn't the best option, It will work fine for the first few years.

 

Ottawa, ON

Population: 254,000

Stadium: Bytown Stadium (45,934)

Stadium Rating: 97%

Fan Interest: 72%

Stadium upgrades have definitely boosted Ottawa's hopes and chances of landing an NAML team, Bytown Stadium is now seen as arguably the best in Canada. Despite being a smaller city, fan support is still strong, with their EML team routinely selling out the stadium. Their fans are renowned across the league for their passion.

 

Montreal, QC

Population: 1,400,000

Stadium: Stade Centre-Ville (40,552)

Stadium Rating: 64%

Fan Interest: 76%

Montreal has been a weird story, with Markball's popularity growing rapidly since the start of the decade. The Ligue de l'Île, despite being amateur, draws impressive amounts of fans for their games. The large population of the city is also a factor going in their favour, being the largest city in Canada at the moment.

 

Quebec City, QC

Population: 260,000

Stadium: Stade St-Joseph (13,000)

Stadium Rating: 91%

Fan Interest: 69%

Quebec City's bid is almost identical to their one in 1948. Stade St-Joseph has had minor but fantastic upgrades, and has consistently been sold out for markball games. Interest in the sport is slowly increasing, with more and more people playing in amateur leagues each year.

 

St. John's, NL

Population: 80,000

Stadium: The Grounds (17,670)

Stadium Rating: 56%

Fan Interest: 92%

The smallest city vying for an expansion team, St. John's is avid when is comes to markball. Despite not having a real team, The Avalon League is fiercely competitive, drawing more than 10,000 people per game at venues all around the city, and if the city gets a team, it's pretty much guaranteed that they will fill up The Grounds to cheer on their Newfoundlander heroes.

 

Milwaukee, WI

Population: 658,000

Stadium: Arnold Shannon Stadium (53,609)

Stadium Rating: 89%

Fan Interest: 71%

Milwaukee's CML team, the Lakers, are currently the defending CML champions, with a well-known off-season developmental camp. Officials hope that this could lure some players to play in the city if they get a team. Another good factor for the city is the regulation size field at Arnold Shannon Stadium, currently only used for shows and other events. The stadium itself has a good reputation.

 

Fort Wayne, IN

Population: 139,000

Stadium: Municipal Stadium (22,272)

Stadium Rating: 33%

Fan Interest: 67%

Despite markball not being the most popular sport in the city, The CML's Fort Wayne Union are among the best in the league in terms of profit. Their supporters are loyal, and routinely sell out Municipal Stadium, despite the long distance from the city. This shouldn't matter if they get a team, since 10,000 people have already pledged to buy tickets for the team's opening game, if they have one.

 

Charlotte, NC

Population: 148,000

Stadium: Queen Charlotte Stadium (22,137)

Stadium Rating: 79%

Fan Interest: 68%

Charlotte is still looking for their first professional team and officials have done a fantastic job increasing the popularity of the sport in the city, offering variable discounts on tickets depending on a person's profession. Popularity has also boosted due to the on-field performance of the Scotsmen, their EML team. The stadium is also conveniently located in an ideal location for transit.

 

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So there are the teams. Remember to pick three different cities, or else your vote will not be considered.

 

I'll leave voting open until Wednesday at 5:10 PM, and then I will unveil the cities that were awarded expansion franchises.

 

And now, expansion council is officially OPEN!

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Jacques Romineux is a 30-year-old sports journalist who lives in Richmond, VA.  He likes markball due to the fact that it is a growing sport and wants it to branch out.  He wishes that sports leagues branch out into the South, since he believes that they can make lots of money.  He is also orginally from Montreal, and wishes that they could have a team.

 

Romineux's picks for expansion cities are (1) Charlotte, NC, (2) Montreal, QC, and (3) Fort Wayne, IN.

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W. Harris Reynolds, 40, is a shipping tycoon whose business is based on Long Island. Satisfied with his initial foray with the expansion committee, he has decided to throw his hat in the ring once more. The first bid goes to Montreal, due to being the largest in population and for filling the quota of a second Canadian team. The second goes to Milwaukee, in order to bring some more Markball action to the Midwest. The third is a bit of a wild card, and that would be Charlotte, which could help the sport expand into the Southeast.

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3 minutes ago, RightGuard said:

(Is it alright if I use the same person from last time? If not, I'll be able to edit this post.)

W. Harris Reynolds, 40, is a shipping tycoon whose business is based on Long Island. Satisfied with his initial foray with the expansion committee, he has decided to throw his hat in the ring once more. The first bid goes to Montreal, due to being the largest in population and for filling the quota of a second Canadian team. The second goes to Milwaukee, in order to bring some more Markball action to the Midwest. The third is a bit of a wild card, and that would be Charlotte, which could help the sport down to the Southeast.

Whoops, I forgot to say that. You can definitely use the same character as before. I'll add that to the original post.

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Aengus Lynch, 39 year old Magnate of Lynch Construction, a vast supporter of Markball that's been played around Boston in the various colleges and Universities in the city. He relished the chance to help build the grounds in Boston so he bid for the job and won it handily; his company finished Boston Shore Stadium.   Now he's one of the leaders of the "Hounds of Glory" Supporter Group, he's seen among the crowd of the Boston faithful in the house he built.

1. Hamilton
2. Quebec City
3. Milwaukee

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Irving Herzog, 43, is a sales representative at the third largest television network in the United States, and a Knights season ticket holder since 1945. He is currently in the process of negotiating radio and television contracts that would allow the Knights' road games to be televised on WOR-TV. This comes at a time when television is barely brand new and the teams that were the first to embrace the medium were still apprehensive about televising home games for fear of eating into gate receipts.

 

1. Milwaukee

2. Quebec City

3. Hamilton

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On 12/02/2018 at 9:34 PM, Goran The Man said:

Name: Giovanni "John" Frangione

Bio: Born in Sant'Agnello, near Napoli (Naples) in Italy in 1898, he settled and currently lives in Philadelphia, moving to Philly at the age of 7 with his family in 1905. He studied at Villanova University and is the CEO of Pennsylvania Bank. He is a passionate Markball fan and is a season ticket holder for the Philadelphia Falcons, and played for the Philadelphia Falcons between 1925-1927.

Frangione will vote again and his top 3 votes go to:

1. Montreal - Canada needs a 2nd team and Montreal is simply too large to ignore.

2. Ottawa - Whilst not the largest market, Ottawans are crazy about their team and there would be a mass following immediately, due to the stadium that holds 18% of the city's population and selling out EML games.

3. Milwaukee - Stadium is of fine quality and fans will support the team - brings lots of people to the game but nearby Chicago scales them back a bit.

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Liam White is an Irish immigrant who landed in New York City but has since moved to Charlotte to start his own business. While he hasn't followed the sport for too long, only first seeing it when traveling back to New York and watching a game on a whim, he is completely immersed in the sport, following all the stats and teams.

 

Without further ado, Liam's votes go to:

1. Charlotte, NC. Liam's adopted hometown and just a charming city to live in, Charlotte has all the hallmarks of a small-market city with an incredibly passionate fanbase. Factor in the fact that the team would be the only show in town, and you have a perfect storm of an expansion candidate. Suggested names include Monarchs, Royals, and Revolutionaries.

2. Milwaukee, WI. Milwaukee's population is just too large to ignore, and the other American cities just can't hold a candle to it right now. Add the fact that Milwaukee's stadium is giant, and Liam believes that the city is right for expansion (but not as much as Charlotte). Suggested names include Musicians and Immigrants.

3. Montreal, QC. Being the only city vying for expansion with over 1,000,000 people, as well as being the largest Canadian city, Montreal not getting would be more surprising than it getting one. Having never even visited the city, Liam has no suggestions for names for Montreal.

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