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  1. And the #8 seed New England Revolution have ushered the 2020 Supporters' Shield-winning Philadelphia Union out of the MLS Cup Playoffs, 2-0.
  2. Nashville SC - an expansion team and the #7 seed out of the Eastern Conference - has pulled off a 1-0 upset of the #2 seed, three-time MLS Cup finalist, and 2017 league champions Toronto FC.
  3. Facility-wise, I don't see how the Boise Hawks remain in the conversation for securing a newly-elevated High A Northwest League team. Memorial Stadium is a laggard amongst affiliated minor league ballparks when it comes to the quality of player development facilities... and it's not even close. Now, to be sure, the majority of the Northwest League's venues are wanting when it comes to measuring up to the better Carolina League and Midwest League ballparks with regard to player development facilities. Hillsboro's Ron Tonkin Field is currently the class of the NWL when it comes to such amenities... and it's on par with Midwest League stadia that are in danger of not making the cut. Still, Memorial Stadium would be looking up at all of the other NWL ballparks in such regards. In fact, most of the Appalachian League and New York-Penn League facilities that have been given the boot from affiliated minor league ball had better player development-related amenities than Memorial Stadium. Additionally, Boise is the geographic outlier when it comes to the NWL's footprint. Unless someone has offered to write an awfully big check for upgrades and guarantee that they'll be in place pretty damned quick, I just don't get it.
  4. The Toronto Argonauts have notified management of the Edmonton Football Team that they'll file suit if the word "Boat" appears anywhere in Edmonton's new CFL branding.
  5. "While lip service will be paid to the Dodgers moving out of a high-elevation and high-scoring environment and how it affects the subsequent development of players, the real key here is ownership. The Isotopes are currently owned by Albuquerque Baseball Club LLC, while the reported deal with Oklahoma City involves a team being sold and, though the new ownership hasn't yet been revealed, don't be surprised if the Dodgers are a part of it." - Eric Stephen, Yahoo!Sports, 8/22/2014 "The owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers have reached an agreement to buy a stake in the Oklahoma City RedHawks, and the team will change its Triple-A affiliation to Oklahoma City next year. The agreement announced Wednesday is part of a partnership in which Peter Guber will be executive chairman and managing director of the RedHawks, and partners Paul Schaeffer and Larry Freedman will manage the company's operations. The trio have held similar roles as principals with Mandalay Baseball Properties LLC." - Associated Press, 9/17/2014 "When [Mandalay Baseball Properties] were selling the team and came to us where [the Dodgers] could own our Triple-A affiliate in a spectacular major league market, which is what Oklahoma City is now, that was too good an opportunity to pass up. This is a vibrant market we couldn't pass up." - Peter Guber, 9/17/2014 After Peter Guber joined the Guggenheim Baseball Management bid to purchase the Dodgers in 2012, it dawned on the parties involved that it made sense for the Dodgers to establish a minor league affiliation with the Oklahoma City RedHawks, a Triple A team that Mandalay Baseball Properties - of which Guber was a principal - owned. After all, why maintain an affiliation with an independently-owned ball club like the Albuquerque Isotopes when you could bring ownership of your top tier minor league team in-house? Which is why in September of 2014 - as existing affiliation agreements between the Dodgers and Albuquerque Isotopes, as well as the Texas Rangers and RedHawks, were set to expire - Guber, Paul Schaeffer, and Larry Freedman of Mandalay Baseball Properties entered into an agreement to create a new ownership group for the Pacific Coast League franchise in partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The RedHawks were subsequently rebranded as the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
  6. With an eye towards landing an independent Atlantic League baseball team - as well as hosting concerts, comedy performances and other sports tenants, including a pro soccer team and Major League Rugby's Rugby United New York - New York City's Economic Development Corporation is planning to spend at least $5.1 million to upgrade Richmond County Bank Ballpark on Staten Island. The money would go towards replacing the current natural grass field with synthetic turf, installing new seating, and altering the field's configuration. Glenn Reicin - co-owner of the former Staten Island Yankees New York-Penn League team and operator of the venue through his company, Nostalgic Partners - said he has not ruled out suing the New York Yankees and Major League Baseball over their abrupt dismissal of the "Baby Bombers" as a Yankees' affiliated minor league team. NYC pledges $5 million to upgrade Staten Island Yankees stadium
  7. "Mr. Cameron... we have the attorneys for Rip Taylor's estate on line 1. They say that if we're going to use their late client's likeness as the inspiration for our primary mark, the panther has to be wearing a toupée. The mustache alone isn't going to cut it."
  8. I couldn't possibly agree more. Someone get Dane Storrusten on the line. It's time to repurpose his Chicago Staggs identity - in Green, Gold, and White - for the Edmonton Elk.
  9. Peter Guber's Mandalay Baseball Properties purchased the then Oklahoma City RedHawks in 2010. After Guber joined the Guggenheim Baseball Management bid to purchase the Dodgers in 2012, it eventually dawned on the parties involved that it made sense to have the MLB parent club affiliated with a Triple A team owned by a member of their consortium. Ultimately, in September of 2014, Guber, Paul Schaeffer, and Larry Freedman of Mandalay Baseball Properties entered into an agreement to create a new ownership group for the Pacific Coast League franchise in partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The parent Dodgers subsequently ended their relationship with the Albuquerque Isotopes and shifted their AAA affiliation to the rebranded Oklahoma City Dodgers.
  10. So, given that you didn't agree with one point I made about the EFLI logos, am I to understand that you don't see the Punjab Warriors' mark as being worthy of my admiration? ;)