Friday, March 19, 2010

The Baltimore Charm 

It's official. The Baltimore expansion franchise in the LFL, Lingerie Football League for the uninformed, will be called the Baltimore Charm. For those snickering at the irony of a team of bikini clad women playing football to be called the Charm, I should point out that Baltimore's nickname is Charm City. (As if that isn't irony enough for the people who don't know just what a great place Baltimore is.) The LFL website reports that over 28000 votes were cast. I don't know how voting was conducted or who was eligible to vote. At least three alternatives received votes. Orlando also received an expansion franchise, to be called the Fantasy.

I have to admit that when I heard this news I had no idea that the LFL existed, let alone that Baltimore had gotten an expansion franchise. In the interest of expanding knowledge, I had to do some research on the LFL. The Baltimore and Orlando franchises will bring to 12 the number of teams in the league which grew out of the Lingerie Bowl that was first played at halftime of the Super Bowl a few years ago.

There are two divisions in the LFL, and each team plays the other teams in its division once. The champions of the 2009-2010 season are the Los Angeles Temptation. Games began in September of 2009 and the championship game, Lingerie Bowl VII, was played February 6th at the Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida. You can watch the Lingerie Bowl and earlier season contests on the LFL website.

The ticket information link takes one to ticketmaster's or other ticket sellers' websites but no price information is available. I was also unable to find attendance figures. However, if you know a corporation interested in a suite package, you can email the LFL at tickets@lflus.com.

Rules of the game are available at LFL101. I am sure everyone will go to the website to read the articles. The website doesn't provide information on player salaries or other labor management issues. The league offices, according to Wikipedia's LFL entry, are in West Hollywood, California.

My wife already told me I am not allowed to get season tickets.

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The NFL in Toronto 

When readings Skip's post on the CFL this afternoon, I noticed this article listed as being one of the most popular over at the Toronto Globe and Mail. It describes the pricing of tickets to Buffalo Bills games being played in Toronto in the next few years:

Tickets for the Buffalo Bills' eight-game series in Toronto will average $183 per seat — more than triple the cost for the team's home games at Ralph Wilson Stadium this season.

The ticket prices, ranging from $55 to $295, were released Wednesday by the Toronto-based group hosting the series, which will have the Bills play five annual regular-season and three preseason games at the 54,000-seat Rogers Centre through 2012.

The prices are in Canadian money, which is currently near par with the U.S. dollar, and do not include a large bulk of VIP sideline and hospitality suite seats, which will raise the average even higher.

Despite the hefty price, organizers anticipate the games selling out after 180,000 ticket requests were registered on a Web site last month. About 30,000 tickets per game will be distributed in two weeks by lottery to Internet registrants as well as a limited number of Bills and CFL Toronto Argonauts season-ticket holders.

Compare those prices to the prices of Toronto Argonauts games. Single game tickets are not for sale yet for the 2008 season, but choice seats in their 3-game package go for $189 total and season tickets range from $300-$700 for a 9 game home season plus a few other other goodies.

Which brings me to one of Skip's thoughts about why government subsidies have been hard to come by for CFL teams:

It is possible that the CFL makes so little money and has such a small impact that the relocation threat is not operative. There is in fact relatively little demand for football stadiums, public or privately financed.

It's anecdotal, I realize, but there seems to be high demand for NFL football in Toronto. That may simply be due to the novelty of NFL football being played in Toronto. Or perhaps it's due to the value of the NFL brand name, a value the CFL may not have in it's country.

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