Sports Business Canada Weekly Round-up – September 13, 2013

Sports Business Canada Weekly Round-up is a weekly blog featuring top Canadian sports business stories from the past week.

Jays set to play Montreal exhibition gamesSportsnet

The Toronto Blue Jays announced this week that the club will host a pair of exhibitions games against the New York Mets in Montreal early next year. The games will mark the first time The Big O has hosted baseball since the Expos packed their bags for Washington nearly a decade ago.

This announcement is another move by the Blue Jays to solidify the club as “Canada’s Team”. And this may trigger the Blue Jays to host similar games in other Canadian major markets. One in particular that comes to mind is Vancouver’s BC Place.

But that’s not to say that there’s nothing in this for the city of Montreal. In recent years, there’s been a renewed spirit for baseball in La Belle Province so this could be a litmus test to gauge support. Unfortunately for Montreal, they still need a new building if they ever hope to lure MLB back to La Belle Province. The Big O was a terrible venue when the Expos left town, and age hasn’t helped that.

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David Miller rips TFC: Dawn of a new era or the end of one?: Feschuk – Toronto Star

 The wheels keep spinning at MLSE – and for all of the wrong reasons. The latest involves former Toronto mayor David Miller ripping into the organization in a letter posted on his Facebook page. On the bright side, it seems like the only place to go for Toronto FC is up.

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St. John’s to host 2014 AHL All-Star Classic

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The American Hockey League announced this past Tuesday that the league’s 2014 AHL All-Star Classic will be hosted by the St. John’s IceCaps at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland. However, this won’t be your average All-Star game. In an attempt to shake up the Classic, the American Hockey League All-Stars will be hosting Färjestad BK, one of the top professional teams in the Swedish Hockey League. I think this is a great idea by the league and it’s an even better fit considering that it’s an Olympic year. What makes this game special for the AHL is the fact that it will be taking place during the NHL’s Olympic break, but just before Olympic hockey gets underway in Sochi Therefore, there’s a unique opportunity to get a big national (Sportsnet will carry the game in Canada) and potentially international TV audience.

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Oil Kings Unveiling New Look

The Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL has launched @NewFaceComing on Twitter to tease a new look that they’ll be launching on September 20th. It appears as if they’re switching to a green, black, and white scheme. I’m not totally sure the reasoning behind the overhaul because I was a big fan of the current logo and look. We’ll have to wait and see.

An Interview with Hamilton Bulldogs President Steve Ostaszewicz – The Hockey Writers

Mike Burse of The Hockey Writers recently sat down with Hamilton Bulldogs President Steve Ostaszewicz to discuss the Bulldogs. It’s worth the read.

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Rachel Lewis recognized among 2013 Game Changers: Women in Sports Business

Vancouver Whitecaps FC chief operating officer Rachel Lewis was honoured this week by the SportsBusiness Journal in the Class of 2013 Game Changers: Women in Sports Business. Congrats Rachel!

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