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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby TheStroBro » Sun, 28 Jan 2018, 16:51

James Bay Routed at Sabercats 13-42.

https://www.earfulofdirt.com/2018/01/sa ... 42-13.html

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby TheStroBro » Mon, 29 Jan 2018, 19:13

Earful of Dirt Episode 21 will be live tonight 10PM EST/7PM PST.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_zbaDsTkiQ

On the docket tonight is Houston's Victory over James Bay Athletic Association. EOD ARC preview, the San Diego Legion Announced 8 players which brought the total contracted MLR players in ARC camp to 17.

ETA: EP 21 is on podcast https://soundcloud.com/earfulofdirt/ear ... rc-preview

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby TheStroBro » Wed, 07 Feb 2018, 18:28

EP 22: https://soundcloud.com/earfulofdirt/ear ... -to-france

This week we discussed the USA Eagles’ victory over Argentina in the ARC, and look at Houston Sabercats’ rout of Capital Rugby Union Selects. Also, Major League Rugby met with officials from Ligue Nationale de Rugby.
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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby 4N » Wed, 07 Feb 2018, 18:52

Major League Rugby met with officials from France’s rugby union.


LNR (clubs) not FFR (union) - important distinction.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby TheStroBro » Wed, 07 Feb 2018, 20:27

4N wrote:
Major League Rugby met with officials from France’s rugby union.


LNR (clubs) not FFR (union) - important distinction.



Very...I didn't write the description to the episode...guess I should have read it though. Fixed.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby rasmus.joseph » Wed, 07 Feb 2018, 23:28

A little bit of a non sequitur from the expansion but discussion but this is something that's been weighing on my mind. Interested to hear if other people feel the same way.

A huge concern for me about this league is poor media content for the clubs that are doing exhibitions. In Australia, rugby union is almost impossible to find on free-to-air television and that is depressing grassroots participation; especially in less affluent communities. I am hugely worried that the MLR & USA Rugby are going to make/making the same mistakes.

PRO made a deal with theRugbyChannel which limited the leagues potential fans to people who already enjoyed rugby and severely limited the league's opportunity to grow demand.

I can't find so much as a highlight clip of the Eagles from the America's Rugby Championship Round 1. Ditto for the Sabercats who have played a handful of trials already. NOLA has produced video content but it looks like it was made by a high school AV club in the 80s. Public high schools football and basketball programs by contrast produce better quality content more expediently than any professional rugby body in the US.

Most sports fans nowadays want to consume video content. Video content will attract new fans to the rugby community: people by and large do not go out of their way to read articles or attend events for something that are new to them. I am a bit worried the MLR is going to make the mistake of Rugby Australia, USA Rugby, and PRO by withholding content from the public. I think this could potential doom the league from the beginning as well as stunt the growth of the sport which would otherwise spread quicker. Does anyone else share those fears?

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby TheStroBro » Thu, 08 Feb 2018, 00:25

rasmus.joseph wrote:A little bit of a non sequitur from the expansion but discussion but this is something that's been weighing on my mind. Interested to hear if other people feel the same way.

A huge concern for me about this league is poor media content for the clubs that are doing exhibitions. In Australia, rugby union is almost impossible to find on free-to-air television and that is depressing grassroots participation; especially in less affluent communities. I am hugely worried that the MLR & USA Rugby are going to make/making the same mistakes.

PRO made a deal with theRugbyChannel which limited the leagues potential fans to people who already enjoyed rugby and severely limited the league's opportunity to grow demand.

I can't find so much as a highlight clip of the Eagles from the America's Rugby Championship Round 1. Ditto for the Sabercats who have played a handful of trials already. NOLA has produced video content but it looks like it was made by a high school AV club in the 80s. Public high schools football and basketball programs by contrast produce better quality content more expediently than any professional rugby body in the US.

Most sports fans nowadays want to consume video content. Video content will attract new fans to the rugby community: people by and large do not go out of their way to read articles or attend events for something that are new to them. I am a bit worried the MLR is going to make the mistake of Rugby Australia, USA Rugby, and PRO by withholding content from the public. I think this could potential doom the league from the beginning as well as stunt the growth of the sport which would otherwise spread quicker. Does anyone else share those fears?


Sabercats have highlights on their facebook. The match of the week will be available on CBS Sports Network, which currently reaches over 50MM homes through cable subscription. I'm a cord cutter so I'll be either doing directv now or youtube tv. There is an unannounced OTT platform.

Seattle is playing at Westhills this weekend, the film won't be live but will be uploaded to youtube. I do not believe it will have commentary.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby Coloradoan » Thu, 08 Feb 2018, 00:43

Any idea what's going on with local TV deals?

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby SDyeti » Thu, 08 Feb 2018, 04:00

On the Subject of TV and CBS Sports Network availability. I just discovered for myself that Hulu has a live tv product that includes CBS Sport Network (and a bunch of other stuff including the ESPNs) for an extra $30/month...total with regular Hulu Service is like $40-43/month.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby snapper37 » Thu, 08 Feb 2018, 05:22

Seattle SeaWolves just bailed out of an exhibition game with the Vancouver Island Crimson Tide. I wonder whats up? mismanaged? Good thing i'm not emotionally invested in that team yet.

Go Sabercats they seem to be doing everything right.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby TheStroBro » Mon, 12 Feb 2018, 03:05

snapper37 wrote:Seattle SeaWolves just bailed out of an exhibition game with the Vancouver Island Crimson Tide. I wonder whats up? mismanaged? Good thing i'm not emotionally invested in that team yet.

Go Sabercats they seem to be doing everything right.

There's a lot of shit involved in that. From the fact that the last Ferry from Victoria leaves at 4PM, to Visa's not being processed, to not receiving their touring side letter from USAR, to Rugby Canada not having been requested to sanction the Match. There's a lot of things that were supposed to happen between team commercial office and league office...

http://www.americasrugbynews.com/2018/0 ... ria-match/

Sabercats Beat Chicago Lions https://www.earfulofdirt.com/2018/02/th ... icago.html

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby Tobar » Mon, 12 Feb 2018, 04:30

Coloradoan wrote:Any idea what's going on with local TV deals?


All of the teams will have a local TV provider. Usually you get like a Fox affiliate or AT&T Sports (which Utah is getting) which just shows local sports. No confirmation on which matches will be available through this.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby snapper37 » Mon, 12 Feb 2018, 06:31

TheStroBro wrote:
snapper37 wrote:Seattle SeaWolves just bailed out of an exhibition game with the Vancouver Island Crimson Tide. I wonder whats up? mismanaged? Good thing i'm not emotionally invested in that team yet.

Go Sabercats they seem to be doing everything right.

There's a lot of shit involved in that. From the fact that the last Ferry from Victoria leaves at 4PM, to Visa's not being processed, to not receiving their touring side letter from USAR, to Rugby Canada not having been requested to sanction the Match. There's a lot of things that were supposed to happen between team commercial office and league office...

http://www.americasrugbynews.com/2018/0 ... ria-match/

Sabercats Beat Chicago Lions https://www.earfulofdirt.com/2018/02/th ... icago.html



Last ferry at 4pm? BC Ferries last ferry is at 9. Fly??? The Sabercats are the one playing everybody to fly there frothier games. Seattle too cheap??

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby TheStroBro » Mon, 12 Feb 2018, 14:56

snapper37 wrote:
TheStroBro wrote:
snapper37 wrote:Seattle SeaWolves just bailed out of an exhibition game with the Vancouver Island Crimson Tide. I wonder whats up? mismanaged? Good thing i'm not emotionally invested in that team yet.

Go Sabercats they seem to be doing everything right.

There's a lot of shit involved in that. From the fact that the last Ferry from Victoria leaves at 4PM, to Visa's not being processed, to not receiving their touring side letter from USAR, to Rugby Canada not having been requested to sanction the Match. There's a lot of things that were supposed to happen between team commercial office and league office...

http://www.americasrugbynews.com/2018/0 ... ria-match/

Sabercats Beat Chicago Lions https://www.earfulofdirt.com/2018/02/th ... icago.html



Last ferry at 4pm? BC Ferries last ferry is at 9. Fly??? The Sabercats are the one playing everybody to fly there frothier games. Seattle too cheap??


Which Ferry, I heard 9PM as well but couldn't find one that left Victoria at 9. Coho-Black Ball is at 4PM and Victoria Clipper (Passenger only) is at 7PM Also, making a 9PM Ferry after a 7PM match would require a lot of boom boom boom moving. Looks like the best way to fly is Delta on a Sunday. But reading that article shows you the travel is the low hanging fruit of this. There was a lot going on.

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Re: Major League Rugby

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby rusty_lock » Wed, 14 Feb 2018, 02:44

TheStroBro wrote:
snapper37 wrote:
TheStroBro wrote:
snapper37 wrote:Seattle SeaWolves just bailed out of an exhibition game with the Vancouver Island Crimson Tide. I wonder whats up? mismanaged? Good thing i'm not emotionally invested in that team yet.

Go Sabercats they seem to be doing everything right.

There's a lot of shit involved in that. From the fact that the last Ferry from Victoria leaves at 4PM, to Visa's not being processed, to not receiving their touring side letter from USAR, to Rugby Canada not having been requested to sanction the Match. There's a lot of things that were supposed to happen between team commercial office and league office...

http://www.americasrugbynews.com/2018/0 ... ria-match/

Sabercats Beat Chicago Lions https://www.earfulofdirt.com/2018/02/th ... icago.html



Last ferry at 4pm? BC Ferries last ferry is at 9. Fly??? The Sabercats are the one playing everybody to fly there frothier games. Seattle too cheap??


Which Ferry, I heard 9PM as well but couldn't find one that left Victoria at 9. Coho-Black Ball is at 4PM and Victoria Clipper (Passenger only) is at 7PM Also, making a 9PM Ferry after a 7PM match would require a lot of boom boom boom moving. Looks like the best way to fly is Delta on a Sunday. But reading that article shows you the travel is the low hanging fruit of this. There was a lot going on.



http://www.bcferries.com/schedules/main ... urrent.php

Total travel time with bus and ferry is under 5 hours. Also. Why not stay over night Saturday and return Sunday to Seattle

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby TheStroBro » Wed, 14 Feb 2018, 03:40

rusty_lock wrote:
TheStroBro wrote:
snapper37 wrote:
TheStroBro wrote:
snapper37 wrote:Seattle SeaWolves just bailed out of an exhibition game with the Vancouver Island Crimson Tide. I wonder whats up? mismanaged? Good thing i'm not emotionally invested in that team yet.

Go Sabercats they seem to be doing everything right.

There's a lot of shit involved in that. From the fact that the last Ferry from Victoria leaves at 4PM, to Visa's not being processed, to not receiving their touring side letter from USAR, to Rugby Canada not having been requested to sanction the Match. There's a lot of things that were supposed to happen between team commercial office and league office...

http://www.americasrugbynews.com/2018/0 ... ria-match/

Sabercats Beat Chicago Lions https://www.earfulofdirt.com/2018/02/th ... icago.html



Last ferry at 4pm? BC Ferries last ferry is at 9. Fly??? The Sabercats are the one playing everybody to fly there frothier games. Seattle too cheap??


Which Ferry, I heard 9PM as well but couldn't find one that left Victoria at 9. Coho-Black Ball is at 4PM and Victoria Clipper (Passenger only) is at 7PM Also, making a 9PM Ferry after a 7PM match would require a lot of boom boom boom moving. Looks like the best way to fly is Delta on a Sunday. But reading that article shows you the travel is the low hanging fruit of this. There was a lot going on.



http://www.bcferries.com/schedules/main ... urrent.php

Total travel time with bus and ferry is under 5 hours. Also. Why not stay over night Saturday and return Sunday to Seattle


The match was 7PM on Sunday. And of course the Part-Time players had work on Monday. But again, the travel is the low hanging fruit.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby TheStroBro » Fri, 16 Feb 2018, 01:53

EP 23: https://soundcloud.com/earfulofdirt/ear ... -downagain

Rugby United New York has launched, we're in the middle of scheduling Owner James Kennedy for an interview next week for Monday or Tuesday.
http://www.rugbyunitedny.com/

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby thatrugbyguy » Fri, 16 Feb 2018, 09:51

Are they really going with Rugby United New York as the name?

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby sammo » Fri, 16 Feb 2018, 13:10

thatrugbyguy wrote:Are they really going with Rugby United New York as the name?


No, they will play in MLR under a different name not yet announced

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby grande » Fri, 16 Feb 2018, 14:47

thatrugbyguy wrote:Are they really going with Rugby United New York as the name?


My understanding is that "Rugby United New York" is the ownership group; The team will have a (hopefully) better name.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby sk 88 » Sat, 17 Feb 2018, 18:11

grande wrote:
thatrugbyguy wrote:Are they really going with Rugby United New York as the name?


My understanding is that "Rugby United New York" is the ownership group; The team will have a (hopefully) better name.



It would be rather impressive to have a worse one.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby 4N » Sat, 17 Feb 2018, 19:37

TheStroBro wrote:San Diego Legion Announce Staff: https://www.earfulofdirt.com/2018/02/sa ... staff.html


I said right after Test's injury that he would make a good coach one day. Wouldn't be surprised if he eventually took over the USA 7s job.

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