Thursday, December 3, 2015

Expansion of One Team in Each of the Big Five Sports to Canada

And they will be All-Canada teams!  By that, I mean likely a team full of mercenaries representing a team for all of Canada.  And it could split time between Canadian locations for home games ("camp" games).

I have no intention on offending anyone's sensibilities by this image.  I'm just demonstrating my wish for more than just Toronto expansion, especially in the Big 3 or 4 or 5 sports, depending on who your are.
What to call Canadian franchises?  ....Especially ones that are housed in more than one Canadian settlement?  The Emperors?  Prime Ministers the Ministers.  Rakers?  Obviously I'll need some north input.

Take a look at some of my thoughts:

MLB:  North Country Lumberjacks (the 'Jacks) playing in both Vancouver and Montreal.  Click below.
( Major League Baseball in Vancouver and Montreal. Make it one team. North Country Lumberjacks)

NFL:  Norde Force playing at most if not all CFL facilities.  Or would you all prefer a bland conventional
                                                    expansion like something as a Toronto Lakers brand?
( Another Canadian MLB Franchise? Vancouver Athletics and Raiders? And the Norde Force Canadian NFL Team)

NBA:  Northland Voyagers?  Flight(s)?  Do you think Montreal and Vancouver along with other places?

MLS:  Norde Outlanders?  Same concept:  Travel Tag Team to suit the not-so Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver markets.  The Reindeer?  The Regiment - oh, that's kickass!

 And now for a more passionate inquiry:
NHL:  Saskatoon Reign?  Or would a North Coast Reign or Northlakes brand get some craze in the seats in places like Hamilton or Nova Scotia? The Fleet?  Could Saskatoon split time with the Dakotas territory as a North Coast or Midlakes Brand?  So many questions.

Television revenue more than makes up for any lackluster attendance figures in any of the sports.  Sometimes I want to say to a league, in this context, "To hell with your fancy schmancy venue requirements.  Have you ever seen the Winter Classics?"  Okay, sure, you don't want to house games in comparatively dumpy arenas, but if it's good for the Cincinnati Cyclones, I think that both the fans and players can manage some seats and a locker room whether they're Blue Jackets fans or players.  Or visitors in general. 

Even if the venue doesn't house a desirable amount of seats I bet you that they're easier to fill up, and besides, television ratings reign supreme.  It's the number one factor in sport$ spectatorship.  It's why the Rays are still in Tampa.  And with a team and its seats, there is always that factor of absence-makes-the-heart-grow-fonder vibe either way.  And Canada is one helluva' Regional Sports Network, wouldn't you say?

What do you think?  Got any ideas for team names?  Would Canadian prefer a unifying brand name that's more unifying, nationalistic, fun or all of the above?

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