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  1. Also saw this on 3 down nation - CFLPA caught off guard by announcement https://3downnation.com/2021/03/10/cflpa-was-caught-off-guard-by-cfl-xfl-announcement/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cflpa-was-caught-off-guard-by-cfl-xfl-announcement
  2. The CFL is such a unique product and it is revered for being so unique... but at the same time it has backed itself into a corner. There are little opportunities for growth and expanded revenue options. Commissioner Ambrosie has stated multi times the need to adjust or change the CFL business model to establish sustainable growth and overall financial stability/security. Yet "american football rules" are dominating the market place in north america and leaves the CFL with few options for partnerships and growth. Throw in a pandemic and the loss of the 2020 season and I think their hand is kind of forced or at least a plan to adapt has been accelerated. For a merger/partnership to be beneficial for the CFL, there would have to be some sort of revenue sharing (tv contracts, sponsorships, merchandising, etc.). The CFL gets the stability of new US marketplaces and the financial backing and infusion of cash from Redbird Capital (now owners of the XFL). While at the same time XFL opens international markets like Toronto and can capitalize of the history of the CFL and already established teams and football operations. But if its that close of a partnership/merger, you still run into 2 questions... when do they play and by what rules? Similar to interleague play in MLB where you play by home team rules? could be interesting but that could be a lot of change from week to week. Or does the Grey cup champion meet and face the XFL champion? So many questions... But it looks like the CFL is in dire need of cash and they cant survive having a competitor like the XFL so I guess a partnership is the only other option.
  3. Rumor is MLB will be announcing new league names today. Appears they are scrapping all the old names for more generic geographic identifiers like "Triple-A East League" instead of the "International league."
  4. For some reason we have seen a lot of recent major sport rebrands fall under the category of lifestyle or streetwear branding. I have a few that I can think of listed below with old and new logo (and yes I realize the streetwear aspect goes beyond their primary logo and touches more in how the club is advertised …but logos still added just for illustration purposes) I would venture to guess that maybe just because it seems to be a popular aesthetic within popular culture, that the designers and the teams are aiming to "break the brand out" of "traditional sports aesthetics" and have it join "main stream cultural aesthetics." Just my best guess. I am sure there is research somewhere that supports their goal and objectives. Maybe with doubling as a lifestyle/streetwear brand they think they can sell more merch for a larger variety of occasions and thus capitalize on a larger audience? My real question though, is can it be successful? Are they missing the mark and ostracizing their core fan base? Or are these just the growing pains of a new aesthetic busting into the sports scene and it will just take time for people to get used to?
  5. Yes the "National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues Incorporated" (dba MiLB) is disbanding. The existing leagues in the MiLB system (PCL, IL, EL, etc.) are supposedly being resurrected in the new MLB system in name only. There wont be league offices or anything anymore as MLB will oversee anything. Official league names and formations haven't been formally announced yet, but they will just continue to use the names and logos of the leagues as they see fit. I believe Carolina league is being rebranded as Mid-Atlantic League, but other than that, I think the logos and names are staying the same. Other than The leagues they have already dropped.
  6. I think that was the original goal. But his most recent reporting is suggesting the Carolina League will be scrapped and the Mid-Atlantic League teams and Carolina League teams will merge to form a larger Mid-Atlantic League with a North and South Division. According to the most recent Baseball America podcast, the main factor in affiliation was "what the MLB teams wanted" and I guess not enough MLB teams wanted affiliates by the rest of the Mid-Atlantic League teams to form a plausible 6-team league. So I guess if the Rays actually didn't care who their Hi-A affiliate was, they could have been paired with someone like Lowell Spinners and then separate leagues would have made a little more sense with BG being dropped. But looks like the Rays liked BG too much to let them go... And here we are with a the same travel problem that they started with.
  7. OFFICIAL LIST - Fresno has yet to respond...
  8. Looks like JJ is now reporting PDL invites will go out on Wednesday.
  9. Interesting idea! I hadn't thought of that beyond a traditional merger, but adopting a split season model with half being domestic games and then the second half being inter-league. You could still award each domestic trophy (like MLS Cup for MLS) and then maybe the "Leagues Cup" for the second half?
  10. Havent seen this reported anywhere else, but looks like we could be one step closer to a North American Super League
  11. https://richmond.com/sports/professional/giants-still-hope-to-return-their-double-a-team-to-richmond-according-to-farm-director/article_bdb5b47f-b817-5263-a86c-87a899c3babe.html According to this article, looks like worst case for Richmond is they stay AA. Appears there is a possibility they jump to AAA too with Nats wanting a closer AAA affiliate. But appears the Giants are not wanting to part ways with them.
  12. https://ballparkdigest.com/2020/01/08/contraction-in-flux-as-lowell-spinners-may-escape-dream-league/ Looks like some teams have been successful in arguing their way off of the contraction list. MLB says list that was leaked by MiLB is now inaccurate...
  13. I forget where I saw this, I will try to find it (although it could have been speculative), but I think the idea is to create a AA league on the west coast to help with travel costs for MLB clubs west of the Mississippi. I think the working theory is that these teams would be used to frankenstein a new AA league. Not sure of all the logistics or how exactly that would work, but it would obviously involve several markets jumping up/down levels. I think MLB wants to avoid farm systems like the Giants that go from Oregon, to Georgia, to California, to Virginia, then back to California.
  14. https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/mlb-floats-proposal-that-would-eliminate-42-minor-league-teams/ Big news out of Baseball America on MLB demands as we move toward new PBA with MILB
  15. @Brian in Boston Good point! With 160 dividing evenly with 32, it seems MiLB will leverage MLB's desire to expand to keep the same number of teams just with some restructuring (ie promoting teams and maybe some jumping leagues?) IT would be messy and laborious, but I could see that ultimately being how it works out... All depends if MLB is serious about expansion @AstroBull21 Yeah, never understood how PCL teams stay afloat with travel costs. Such a large footprint. 3 leagues could work evenly now, but if MLB expands, it could pose some problems. Then again the leagues are already uneven so not sure that really matters.
  16. So the MLB and MiLB Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA) is set to expire after the 2020 season. This is the agreement that outlines the single affiliation model and states the 160 MiLB clubs from AAA to Advanced Rookie will have an MLB affiliate. MiLB hopes to have a new agreement in place by the end of the winter meetings, as to not have it hanging over their head the entire season (link). As analytics continue to become more and more prevalent in all aspects of the games, MLB appears to be positioning for a more streamlined and efficient minor league system that allows them to better train, develop, and evaluate prospects. Commissioner Manfred has even publicly said that MLB would like to see fewer affiliates and better facilities (link). It seems from current stadium issues (see Beloit), that MiLB has already succumbed to MLB demands to increase stadium facility requirements. Apparently, last time this occurred was in 1992 and subsequently MiLB was met with multiple teams relocating and other restructuring. Regardless, if there are stricter facility rules, we could see some current MiLB stadiums deemed ineligible and could thus force teams to seek new stadiums or relocate. Has anyone heard any rumors as to developments of the PBA for 2020? What stadiums do you think would be most at risk? And if MLB gets their way, even though MiLB is opposed to reducing the 160 required affiliation number, what do you think are some likely scenarios that MLB and MiLB agree to restructuring? How would this affect the current league set up in the minors?
  17. This is sweet! I feel the royals are an often overlooked team in NBA history, so I am glad they are getting some love. This definitely feels era appropriate and is a great evolution with a retro feel. I even love the use of a slight off white, adds to the retro feel. In the same vain as some of the other comments, I am not necessarily sure I could see this being used today as a primary mark. That being said, this would be a sweet throw back night logo or fauxback type deal. I would be interested in seeing some other fonts in the wordmark/roundel lock up to see if the logo still has that youthful cartoonish feel. Great concept and execution overall though!
  18. Great concept here! I think it definitely looks cleaner, and I think simply relying on the contrast of the grey/white against the midnight green was a strong choice. On the uniforms, I think the numbers may be a little big? not sure how it would look with larger width numbers like "88." As far as the logo, I definitely think you are on to some here! I've even spotted the Eagles using this rendered color combination on their social media videos and graphics (its at the end of the video). Great execution overall and foresight towards future design trends.
  19. These are great! The more modern approach to the shoulder sleeve is very nice. Very cohesive
  20. These are pretty sweet! I will agree for some reason the grey jersey just doesn't work... Maybe try an orange one? Also I know you chose more modern block numbers, however I will note the block numbers seem a little out of place. Maybe try the traditional block numbers (their old jerseys used them before the re design), they are pretty classic and are designed well enough that they can look modern when paired with current design, in my opinion. But great direction overall with the brown helmet
  21. great evolution here! I would love to see a wordmark as well. Only real complaint is more of a nit pick but the face does look a little squished and the black outline/stroke appears to be uneven in spots. But you modernized the older looking cardinal exceptionally well! props!
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