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    Interesting for the US but up here I get the feeling TSN is going to implement this as part of Sporstnet NOW like app.

    No way they are going to charge only $7 a month like ESPN will be doing.


    RIP the condensed games. I used to watch games on Sunday mornings to catch up.

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    I hope this won't be region locked. I would pay $5 a month to watch the games in HD here in Taiwan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by molenshtain View Post
    Massive news out today that ESPN bought the right to MLS live and is mixing it in as part of ESPN+ - ESPN's big push to switch to streaming and online content after their subscriptions levels fell off a cliff two or three years ago. It'll be cheaper than MLS live, plus you get access to every other sporting event ESPN has in its folder. It'll mean a significantly bigger audience across the U.S. and around the world. Could very well be looked at as a turning point in the league's surge into mainstream entertainment in the U.S. and Canada in the coming years.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...-soccer-rights
    Compare this to NBC Sport's digital strategy with NBC Sports Gold, each stream (Prem, rugby, cricket, etc) is a separate and pricey subscription. ESPN's relatively low price, full access approach on a robust platform (current Watch ESPN platform is certainly decent enough now) should get much more viewership than MLS Live could dream of. Not sure what happens for the Canadian folk though. If ESPN+ is carrying a variety of sports, navigating the rights situation might be too much to open it to Canadian audience.
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    Interesting changes, but I also really doubt that ESPN+ will make it to Canada.

    A more robust service (ESPN or TSN for example) will likely make the geoblocking more extreme. Last year I could usually still get around it for TFC away games on MLS Live.

    I had a feeling that MLS Live would go away soon. I believe the death knell was already sounded once or twice before. My big hope was that MLS might get added to DAZN in Canada (DAZN also got NFL for Canada, plus Italian, French & Spanish soccer, and more).

    In reality, I think MLS coverage will only get worse for Canadian cord cutters. I'll have to look into one of the other services mentioned here from time to time.
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    Could pave the way for TSN GO to carry the games that TSN has rights to. We won't be able to see any non-Canadian teams though, which we can with MLS Live.
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    A bit unrelated but props to CBC for making any event at the Olympics free to watch, you just have to watch 2 short ads before joining live stream.

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    TSN GO is tied to having a cable/sattelite account. IF MLS & TSN go down that route, they are beyond stupid.

    The whole point of the ESPN app, and the Rogers one for that matter, is to generate a revenue stream from people not currently providing one to you. MLS in that case would be just a part of the package who's biggest products would be curling & the CFL & the World Juniors.

    The issue is going to be the pricing. Rogers hasn't found the sweet spot with their app yet. People are not going to pay $25 a month to watch MLS + whatever else they are interested in. And, TSN's demographics for curling & the CFL are far less likely to be cord cutters. Something is coming but it ain't going to be as cheap as ESPN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Auzzy View Post
    Interesting changes, but I also really doubt that ESPN+ will make it to Canada.

    A more robust service (ESPN or TSN for example) will likely make the geoblocking more extreme. Last year I could usually still get around it for TFC away games on MLS Live.

    I had a feeling that MLS Live would go away soon. I believe the death knell was already sounded once or twice before. My big hope was that MLS might get added to DAZN in Canada (DAZN also got NFL for Canada, plus Italian, French & Spanish soccer, and more).

    In reality, I think MLS coverage will only get worse for Canadian cord cutters. I'll have to look into one of the other services mentioned here from time to time.
    DAZN will be streaming all the matches from the Carolina Challenge this weekend...

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    LAG in serious trouble.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    LAG in serious trouble.

    Wow that is quite the drop. I wonder how they compare to LAFC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    LAG in serious trouble.

    Zlatan to the courtesy phone!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    LAG in serious trouble.

    Oof that is really brutal never thought I'd see the day where I'd be worried about the LA Galaxy's relevancy

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    So were those SSH losses due to cannibalism from LAFC? I could see some people switching allegiances to team in closer proximity to their homes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Initial B View Post
    So were those SSH losses due to cannibalism from LAFC? I could see some people switching allegiances to team in closer proximity to their homes.
    Well they also really sucked last season, so a couple of things coming together.

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    Raheem started a nice play that got MTL it's first goal against the rowdies. Petrassso with the assist. What's great is seeing the Canadiens getting regular minutes including Shamit Shome, and that Raheem is not playing as a wing back.

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    Hey, good news. The snotrags had a bad offseason...I think we put them in a zombie state, I bet they lose 9 of their first 10 or something

    http://www.totalmls.net/blog/2018/2/...season-preview
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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    Hey, good news. The snotrags had a bad offseason...I think we put them in a zombie state, I bet they lose 9 of their first 10 or something

    http://www.totalmls.net/blog/2018/2/...season-preview
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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    Hey, good news. The snotrags had a bad offseason...I think we put them in a zombie state, I bet they lose 9 of their first 10 or something

    http://www.totalmls.net/blog/2018/2/...season-preview
    I'm worried we get them in the final of the CCL. They got a super easy bracket and could pull it off if they're wise enough. I'd lose my mind if that's how this all ends up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by molenshtain View Post
    I'm worried we get them in the final of the CCL. They got a super easy bracket and could pull it off if they're wise enough. I'd lose my mind if that's how this all ends up.
    I wouldn't be worried about that at all. It would actually benefit us, given they're such a known quantity and we completely dominated them last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by molenshtain View Post
    I'm worried we get them in the final of the CCL. They got a super easy bracket and could pull it off if they're wise enough. I'd lose my mind if that's how this all ends up.
    By all accounts, they put up a B team last night & managed the away goal loss. They are talking about making CCL a priority but it didn't look like it.

    They talk ambitious but this lot has peaked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    By all accounts, they put up a B team last night & managed the away goal loss. They are talking about making CCL a priority but it didn't look like it.

    They talk ambitious but this lot has peaked.
    Lots of injuries and new signings not quite match fit for Sounders.

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    Default State of the league - MLS 3.0

    TFC is looking like PSV or FC Porto of MLS but what about the rest of the league? Here are my thoughts and I would like to hear yours.

    I put them into 4 categories.
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    1) Elite
    2) MLS 3.0 ready
    3) MLS 2.5 still
    4) Survival

    1) LOOKING VERY ELITE;



    Atlanta United - 48 k fans average, elite young talent, electric stadium, great market, they are the Lakers of MLS.
    Seattle Sounders - 40 + k average, big stadium, Atmosphere, Model of consistency.
    La Galaxy - Still the most glamorous brand in MLS in my opinion. You think of MLS you think of Galaxy… though TFC is challenging that.
    Toronto FC - Deep pockets, 15 north american players, the best team in MLS, great fan support with a vision to expand to 40 k fans.



    MLS 3.0 Ready -

    Portland - Some will be angry I included La Galaxy over Portland, but overall the LA Galaxy brand is more known with higher potential because of population.
    NYCFC - If they had a proper stadium and didn’t copy Man City they would be in the elite 4. I don’t really think the Man City branding should hurt them to much though... but honestly I don't like it.
    Orlando - Lack of success has kept them from top 4, but they are right there. Re-locating to a smaller stadium hurt there attendance.
    NY Red Bulls - Just a Solid group is what we can say about the Red Bulls, they run it well in New Jersey.
    LAFC - tbd but I think they find them selves in this group with there new team and stadium.
    Sporting KC - looks great on t.v, solid team, good management, consistent like the Red Bulls.
    Real Salt Lake - They make the 3.0 list. I like games vs RSL Good crowd, unique atmosphere.
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    Basically it's enjoyable to watch games vs these teams minus yankee stadium.

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    MLS 2.5 - The great thing about this group is they don’t really hold the league back; they could just use some spicing up.
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    Philadelphia Union - Nearly ready for 3.0. Give it a year or two.
    D.C United - They could make the jump this season with there new stadium.
    Vancouver Whitecaps - There run well, competitive, 20 + k fans average; there stadium is to big though, doesn’t make it glamorous to watch. You can cover those seats all you want, you notice them.
    Minnesota United - Once they have there stadium and a few years in the league; I predict a quick transition to 3.0.
    Quakes - just not sexy to watch on t.v.
    Montreal Impact - see above.
    Houston Dynamo - see San Jose.
    Chicago Fire - They have there issues, but at the end of the day it’s Chicago, and they are willing to invest. They should get to 3.0.
    F.C Dallas - There run well, good team, but overall a low attendance and there stadium is pretty weak. Looks like a 1st division England team.
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    Survival:
    Colorado Rapids
    Columbus Crew
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    Unknown/weird situation:
    New England gets there own bracket, they actually have a great fan base in a great market. The fact they average 20 k playing in that stadium is a testament to there support, they draw good crowds. There issues are a stadium and some say there owner but I don't know a ton about that issue. In my opinion the market it self is strong and once they figure them selves out I honestly predict them being among the top in the entire league with the big 4. They sell out 20 k a night in a terrible atmosphere that makes it look empty. If they had a stadium New England would do very good in MLS.
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