ICYMI – Top Stories from the week of Nov 19 – 25, 2017

Canadian Sports Business News

In this new weekly segment, we’re curating the top stories in Canadian Sports Business from the week that was.

Niagara Sport Commission ceases operations

Despite some recent big wins for the organization, including successful bids to host to 2021 Canada Summer Games and the FIBA U18, the board has decided to close up shop due to lack of stable funding. Full Story

Huskies eligibility issue still before the courts

Although the Loney Bowl was played, (Acadia beat SMU 45-38), and the Vanier Cup winner has already been decided, the court case surrounding a receiver’s eligibility is still in the court process. By the way, the player in question is now too old to play U Sports Football next season anyways. Full Story

Three possible locations for proposed Surrey sports stadium

A group interested in bringing a Canadian Premier League team to Surrey BC has three possible locations for their home stadium. The proposed stadium, while built on city owned land, would be financed and operated by the private group. Full Story

City mulls millions to fix downtown arena, convention centre

Originally built to lure an NHL team to the Golden Horseshoe, Hamilton city councillors are now faced with the challenge of keeping the First Ontario Centre (formerly Copps Coliseum) functional until a long term solution can be found. Full Story

For most, the Grey Cup is a weekend thing, at most a week long series of events. But for those working behind the scenes, the completion of a Grey Cup marks the end of two years worth of planning and hard work. Full Story

Junior team singing the budget Blues

The Winnipeg Blues are not alone in their struggle to increase revenue and/or find new sources of revenue all together. Full Story

Lack of fans, sponsors force FC Edmonton to shut down professional operations

Sadly the NASL team was forced to close it’s doors this past week, but left the door open for a potential entrance to the Canadian Premier League. More to come. Full Story

Capri Pizza buys naming rights to South Windsor Recreation Complex

The naming rights trend for municipalities continues as Windsor partners with local business on $160,000 deal. Full Story

Evenko suspends ticket sales to Montreal’s beleaguered Formula E race

Ongoing debate among Montrealers about where to host the Formula E race, with some saying that it should be held where the Formula 1 race is held to avoid causing problems for downtown residents and businesses. Full Story

Peterborough Petes attendance up 34% this season

Crediting increased focus to sales and service, the Petes have seen a positive trend upwards in ticket sales. What’s most exciting is that the positive trend has nothing to do with a new arena or having a star like Connor McDavid on the ice. Full Story

Despite some debate about whether hosting the games in Calgary is economically feasible, city councillors approve an additional $1 Million to fund the investigation. Full Story

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