TSM Pressbox, June 8, 2010

On this edition of the TSM Pressbox, I speak to Toronto sports lawyer and former NHLPA counsel Jeffrey Citron. Jeff and I talk about the NHLPA, Mike Wilner Gate and a new stadium for your Toronto Blue Jays and more.

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June 8, 2010 7:55 pm

Chris Bosh signing with us. That would be a major surprise and I would be one eating a major dose of crow.

Jeffrey was a good guest, although very low key and had lawyer written all over him, not that there is anything wrong with that.

I disagree though that in two weeks the Wilner episode will blow over and that since it is privately run, we as fans do not deserve an explanation. IMO a sacred trust has been broken here, and I will be skeptical of what comes out of the FAN’s broadcaster’s mouths, wondering if it their own viewpoints, or ones dummied down in order to keep their jobs.

I skipped the entire NHLPA part, as they have shot themselves so often in the foot they are unworthy of being listened to until they get some credibility back.

June 8, 2010 8:41 pm

This guy Jays/Skydome problem is SO right on the money, he hit it perfectly. You touched on it and he confirmed it, the problem at Skydome is that there is no benefit of going there compared to watching it at home. The multi-purpose stadium might be smart short term, but has NO long term benefit as the quality of watching the game drops big time when you don’t watch the game at a sport specific stadium (especially for baseball and soccer) Also agree that stuff as simple as the smell of the grass makes a huge difference. All the talk you hear of it, this guys opinion I think is the most accurate and credible.

I’m so glad he’s smart enough to compare it to TFC/Bmo, seriously the idiotic media here still says the success of the live gate there is because of “beer”. For GD sake every venue has beer. To paraphrase Clinton “It’s the atmosphere stupid” I went to my second game of the year on Sat at BMO and yes it was a scoreless tie, but looking around people there were having fun. Chanting, singing, jumping, & having an attractive crowd doesn’t hurt. I didn’t have great seats, but the views were great of the game (okay and the attractive crowd) you felt you were in a sports event. It’s not a coincidence that when you think of great stadiums you think of Baseball specific classics like Wrigley or Fenway that stood the test of time. Not the Tropicana or Skydome

I think his take on the Wilner situation was interesting. I think he viewed it pretty logically and not the emotional reaction a lot did. (which explains his profession) Which he says the team has the right to have on their broadcast the direction they want. In a way I agree with him (let me make it clear, I don’t like it but I think it happens) Now if they start taking away people press passes (which not allowing them to do their job) or even blacklist somebody from a general radio show, that I think is a much bigger problem. If they say we don’t want this guy anywhere on the radio or we’ll take away our games, now that would be no doubt in my mind fully wrong. But taking him off the teams broadcast, that’s more of a debate.

If Bosh returns I’d be floored, but would be fun seeing a bunch of Raps broadcasters who during his entire career here said he’s a “Great leader and franchise type player” who now looks like he’s leaving and are changing their tune a bit with “Well we never did win in the playoffs with him, and his offseason actions show weak character” How quick would they turn to “He’s a great leader, guy and franchise player” lol

June 8, 2010 9:49 pm

The pipes came across great on this broadcast!!

This really was a jewel, what influence do you have in snagging these guests? Very good insight on the NHLPA, interesting to hear how he saw the direction going with the previous administration.


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June 10, 2010 1:34 pm

There’s no doubt – a new outdoor park for the Jays would be excellent.

I agree with your sentiment that the dome could be used for the NFL (if it comes here). I mean, renovating the dome and building an outdoor park for baseball probably makes more sense than leaving the Jays in the RC and building an NFL only stadium that is only used a handful of times a year. Probably would be cheaper too.

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