Major League Rugby's all time win standings underwent a rearrangement last weekend. For the current basement dwellers, the door out is up some steep stairs. When Chicago, playing its fourth game in franchise history, hosted Dallas, playing its twenty-first game, a win for the home side was big. But where can the Jackals find their … Continue reading Where Can Dallas Find a Result?
SaberCats, Warriors Could Lose Local Broadcasting Partnerships
It's early in the MLR season, but two sides could be facing the end of their local broadcasting arrangements. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Warner Bros. Discovery intends to exit the Regional Sports Network (RSN) business. The business, which operates under the AT&T SportsNet banner, is facing a cash crunch and its parent … Continue reading SaberCats, Warriors Could Lose Local Broadcasting Partnerships
Dallas Jackals Should have Their Field Back in Late April
The Dallas Jackals must be feeling like college freshmen: they have a new roommate they didn't pick, and their new friend has made a mess of the place. The Arlington Renegades of the newly launched (for a third time) XFL have taken co-residency at Choctaw Stadium. Viewers lamented the prominent gridiron markings with rugby lines … Continue reading Dallas Jackals Should have Their Field Back in Late April
MLR is Back. RFT is Still Here.
After almost seven months, Major League Rugby returns tonight. If things feel a bit different, its understandable. Since the end of last season, both LA and Austin were announced as out for 2023 after sales of the franchises couldn't be completed in time to guarantee they'd be viable for 2023. Chicago was expedited into the … Continue reading MLR is Back. RFT is Still Here.
A 13 Team MLR Need Not Return
The countdown to MLR season 6 is now less than a month. The hype for season 7 has already begun. Reports of a Miami based expansion side continue to trickle out. Following the recent contraction of Austin and LA and the subsequent addition of Chicago, adding one side for 2024 would return to league to … Continue reading A 13 Team MLR Need Not Return
Chicago Stadium Looks to be Set Sooner than Later
MLR’s newest ‘contraction team’ is getting closer to taking the field, and we’re getting closer to knowing where the field will be. The Chicago team (which we continue to believe will be called the Chicago Bison) have yet to announce… anything. However, the league clearly has faith that a stadium solution is on the way. … Continue reading Chicago Stadium Looks to be Set Sooner than Later
Major League Rugby will be Watching Elections in Illinois
Its Election Day in the United States. If you haven't voted, why are you reading this? (Exception: if you're reading this while in a line to vote, feel free to continue.) One particular race should be on the minds of folks in the league office. Illinois voters have been asked to vote up or down … Continue reading Major League Rugby will be Watching Elections in Illinois
Major Decisions Coming for MLR this Weekend
Major League Rugby continues to improve the product on the field. In terms of off-field drama, its already a top tier competition. Americas Rugby News dropped extensive reporting on the state of affairs in MLR. According to ARN, league owners are meeting this weekend to resolve which teams will participate in 2023. Both LA and … Continue reading Major Decisions Coming for MLR this Weekend
Your MLR Salary Cap Views are Probably Worthless
The debate over Major League Rugby's salary cap continues to rage amongst both league insiders and Twitter warriors. Its time for the later to lay down their arms. After salary cap issues led to LA and Austin being dropped from last season's playoffs, the salary cap has become an offseason focal point. While a few … Continue reading Your MLR Salary Cap Views are Probably Worthless
MLR’s Window for Expansion is Shrinking
July is nearly over. Any chance for MLR expansion in 2023 appears to be facing the same reality. When MLR Commissioner George Killebrew acknowledged that potential expansion bids in Chicago and St. Louis might not be able be accepted in time for 2023, it should've made bigger waves. (There was a little skirmish involving two … Continue reading MLR’s Window for Expansion is Shrinking