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‘They definitely have the chops’: The third celebration at Calgary's enviornment negotiating desk

The Metropolis of Calgary has employed CAA ICON as its negotiator in talks with the Flames group on constructing an occasion centre

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A journalist who specializes within the politics of sports activities venues says town’s choice to rent CAA ICON as a part of its negotiations with Calgary Flames possession could possibly be a great transfer, if town duties them with asking for the precise issues on the desk.

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The Metropolis of Calgary introduced Wednesday it has formally restarted talks with Calgary Sports activities and Leisure Firm on constructing an occasion centre within the metropolis. It additionally introduced it had employed CAA ICON to do the negotiating.

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The earlier event-centre deal collapsed in late 2021 after the house owners walked away, partially resulting from escalating prices.

Michael Thompson, common supervisor of infrastructure providers for town, stated CAA ICON has been retained as a “deal construction adviser.”

Neil deMause is a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based journalist and co-author of the e book Discipline of Schemes: How the Nice Stadium Swindle Turns Public Cash into Personal Revenue. He additionally maintains a web site that studies on ongoing enviornment and stadium politics throughout North America.

deMause stated CAA ICON is well-known within the sports activities enterprise world, most not too long ago for finishing an financial influence research for the Buffalo Payments’ proposed new stadium.

“They definitely have the chops if Calgary needs them to go in and play hardball and say, ‘Okay, discover these explanation why we shouldn’t must put up a complete lot of cash for an enviornment, and why we should always kick this again over to the Flames’ house owners,’” he stated.

He stated it totally is dependent upon the mandate they’re handed.

“Are they tasked with discovering a option to maintain the prices to an affordable stage, or are they tasked with looking for a option to get a deal accomplished? As a result of these are two very completely different targets,” stated deMause.

On its web site, CAA ICON payments itself as “the industry-leading house owners consultant and strategic administration consulting agency for public/non-public sports activities and leisure facility house owners and operations, skilled franchises, and leagues.”

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They supply providers together with venture administration, strategic advisory and feasibility and planning.

ICON was on the desk for the Edmonton Oilers’ house owners Katz Group as they negotiated with that metropolis on what would grow to be Rogers Place enviornment and the Edmonton ICE District.

A view of Rogers Place in Edmonton during the playoffs on May 21, 2021.
A view of Rogers Place in Edmonton throughout the playoffs on Could 21, 2021. Ian Kucerak/Postmedia

Calgary beforehand labored with CAA ICON on the Calgary Conference Centre, the place the agency supplied recommendation on meals contracts.

ICON is underneath the umbrella of CAA — Inventive Artists Company — which is taken into account one of many huge 4 expertise businesses primarily based in Los Angeles. Its portfolio of music stars consists of names corresponding to Ariana Grande, Diana Ross and Eric Clapton. The agency additionally represents many comedians and A-list film stars.

CAA additionally has a sports activities arm representing gamers in all main league sports activities, together with the likes of Sidney Crosby and Seth Curry.

Whereas CAA ICON payments itself as working for crew house owners, deMause stated that’s as a result of groups are usually the events which have more cash to spend on consultants. He doesn’t see why they’ll’t go to bat for town in these talks.

deMause stated Calgary might not be in the most effective place going into the talks after the house owners beforehand walked away. He stated it feels a bit like unhealthy parenting abilities on the a part of town.

“It’s like when your little one is instantly saying, ‘No! I want extra!’ and also you return and say, ‘Okay, how far more?’ as an alternative of explaining typically it’s going to be sure, and typically it’s going to be no.”

Nonetheless, he additionally believes town is best off having a educated advisor on the desk. deMause stated cities are usually “horrible negotiators” with regards to sports activities offers as a result of their consultants usually are not as educated concerning the sports activities leisure {industry}.

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His recommendation to Calgary could be to search for a share of the income streams. He stated simply on the lookout for obscure guarantees of financial influence or tax elevate isn’t sufficient.

He stated the gold normal in good offers for taxpayers was the now-demolished Minneapolis Metrodome, which was constructed with taxpayer {dollars} within the Nineteen Eighties and paid off primarily by way of a beneficiant share of the concession stands proceeds.

A 2003 article within the Wall Avenue Journal stated the Minnesota Vikings house owners bemoaned their 10 per cent share of $5 million value of concession gross sales in 2002, arguing it was the worst deal in that league. The remainder of the cash went to the Metropolitan Sports activities Amenities Fee, which owned and operated the dome on behalf of the general public.

“You must actually go in with chilly eyes and take a look at that stuff and say, ‘Okay, what are we truly getting out of this that we’d not get out of it in any other case?” stated deMause.

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NHL unveils Reverse Retro jerseys for all 32 groups

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After two years of planning, the NHL unveiled its Reverse Retro jerseys by Adidas for all 32 groups.

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Every jersey, in keeping with an NHL information launch, consists of the signature NHL genuine defend showcasing the retro orange and black colors, whereas additionally displaying daring color combos and tributes from every membership’s previous.

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Brian Jennings, chief model officer and senior government vice-president with the NHL, stated every membership will put on the jerseys a minimal of two instances and a most of eight.

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The newest launch comes two years after the NHL first unveiled the Reverse Retro alternate jersey line.

“There’s the design course of, then the procurement of all of the supplies after which manufacturing,” Jennings stated. “After we had been winding down the preliminary 1.0 drop of Reverse Retro jerseys, we had been already beginning to consider the iterations for this drop.”

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All the jerseys, in keeping with Jennings, took 18 to 24 months to provide.

“All through this course of, some jerseys arrive on sooner or later and others the following, and it feels such as you’re a toddler through the holidays ripping open the containers.”

The jerseys can be accessible to the general public beginning Nov. 15 by means of Adidas and the NHL’s web sites, with wider availability at extra retailers beginning Nov. 20.

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“It’s actually emotional,” Jennings stated. “It’s been an extended course of, however once we see the fan responses, that’s essentially the most rewarding half in regards to the job.”

To take a better take a look at every staff’s new Reverse Retro jerseys, click on right here.

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‘I’m a shadow of myself’: Girl says secret intercourse recording by former Stampeder left her shattered

Usually choking again her feelings, the lady mentioned she needed to go away Calgary to try to place the incident behind her

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The act of former Calgary Stampeder Jerome Messam secretly recording their sexual tryst will affect his sufferer ceaselessly, she instructed a metropolis courtroom Friday.

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The lady, who can’t be recognized, gave a prolonged sufferer affect assertion on how her life has been shattered by the one-time all-star working again’s prison behaviour.

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“The long-term results of what Mr. Messam did are a everlasting fixture on my life,” the lady instructed a Calgary Courtroom of King’s Bench listening to.

Regardless of being anticipated to point out up in individual for his sentencing, Messam, 37, was permitted to view the proceedings remotely from Ontario.

And after Crown prosecutor Janice Walsh raised considerations by the sufferer that Messam would be capable of tune out her phrases, Justice April Grosse admonished him to concentrate.

“It actually is my expectation Mr. Messam that you’ll take heed to this,” Grosse mentioned, earlier than the lady took to the courtroom podium.

“Sure ma’am,” Messam replied.

Messam pleaded responsible in January to voyeurism for video recording a Nov. 11, 2016, consensual sexual tryst he had with the lady in his Calgary dwelling.

The sufferer instructed Grosse she isn’t the individual she was earlier than Messam violated her sexual integrity by making a recording of their sexual encounter.

“So when folks inform me that I don’t appear to be myself anymore, after all I don’t. The individual they’re referring to didn’t have any motive to dwell in concern, to be indignant on a regular basis, to really feel like she has no autonomy,” she mentioned.

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“Who I’m now can’t relate to the carefree individual I used to be earlier than this occurred.”

Usually choking again her feelings, the lady mentioned she needed to go away Calgary in an effort to try to put the incident behind her after struggling by her closing semester of post-secondary schooling.

However she mentioned she hasn’t been in a position to take the time to get well from the emotional trauma Messam inflicted on her.

“Time stops for nobody and I don’t have the posh of taking time away from all of my tasks,” she mentioned.

“I’m a shell of myself.”

On the time of Messam’s responsible plea, Crown prosecutor Janice Walsh learn in an announcement of agreed information detailing his crime.

Based on the agreed information, Messam despatched the lady “4 sexually specific video clips” through Snapchat, a message service that deletes texts in 10 seconds.

Accompanying the video clips was a sexually specific message from the accused,” the prosecutor mentioned.

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Every of the sexually specific video clips lasted 10 seconds and had been completely deleted as soon as it had completed enjoying. Recognizing the impermanence of the video clips, (the sufferer) used one other digital system to file one of many sexually specific video clips earlier than it completely deleted,” Walsh mentioned.

Based on the agreed information, Messam by no means shared the clips with anybody else and has deleted them.

In sentencing submissions, Walsh mentioned whereas she wasn’t looking for a jail time period, the conditional discharge being sought by defence lawyer Daniel Nguyen, which might spare Messam a prison file, was inappropriate.

She mentioned Messam’s conduct violated the sufferer’s bodily integrity.

“Mr. Messam … determined to take one thing from the sufferer, one thing that can’t be totally changed,” she mentioned.

The listening to is predicted to proceed on Nov. 10.

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Hockey Alberta gained't withhold charges to Hockey Canada, however calls for solutions

Hockey Canada has admitted it drew on minor hockey membership charges to pay for sexual abuse claims

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Hockey Alberta joined nearly all of the nation’s hockey federations Friday by releasing a press release on the continuing Hockey Canada disaster, saying it is not going to be withholding charges right now or calling for the resignation of senior management on the group.

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Hockey Alberta has requested that Hockey Canada take sure actions and supply solutions by particular deadlines. Now we have outlined {that a} lack of motion could result in Hockey Alberta taking different actions which embody, however are usually not restricted to, withholding participant charges,” the assertion learn. 

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“We consider you will need to set up a set of actions inside a nationwide framework to enhance the general tradition of our sport. Now we have offered enter for Justice Cromwell’s governance assessment, and we’re awaiting the report’s remaining suggestions.”

Hockey Calgary issued its personal assertion Thursday, saying “tough conversations are going down and might want to proceed” concerning mounting calls from hockey organizations, firms, politicians and residents throughout the nation for senior management of Hockey Canada to resign, after Imperial Oil turned the latest firm to chop sponsorship.

“It’s the job of the provincial branches and the minor hockey associations like Hockey Calgary to carry Hockey Canada accountable, and we’re dedicated to aiding Hockey Alberta with this mandate,” the assertion learn.

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“The game of hockey should proceed to evolve and enhance its tradition if we hope to see the game turn out to be absolutely inclusive and accepting and turn out to be the game of alternative for all Canadians.”

On Oct. 6, Imperial Oil stated whereas it’ll proceed to help ladies’s and youth applications, it is not going to help any Hockey Canada males’s applications within the 2022-2023 season, together with the world junior championship till it sees “significant accountability, transparency and alter.”

Canadian Tire, Telus, Scotiabank and Tim Hortons are amongst different main sponsors to announce they’ve suspended help of the boys’s hockey applications for the 2022-23 season, together with the world juniors.

Dropping sponsors may have a big affect on Hockey Canada’s backside line. Sponsorships account for 27 per cent of funding, the group’s greatest supply of funds, in line with its web site.

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Hockey Canada has been below intense scrutiny since Might when it was revealed it had settled a lawsuit with a lady who alleged she was sexually assaulted by eight gamers from the 2018 junior males’s hockey crew throughout a gala occasion in London, Ont., that yr.

Amongst different revelations that adopted was Hockey Canada’s admission it drew on minor hockey membership charges to pay for uninsured liabilities, together with sexual abuse claims.

Cari Din, a professor of management within the College of Calgary’s kinesiology division who has a PhD in management behaviour in sport, stated management behaviours create and maintain tradition, which is the largest downside Hockey Canada is going through proper now.

“The way in which individuals deal with each other, what turns into a norm or what will get shoved below the rug or what’s paid for by a secret fund, all of these issues are making a tradition,” she stated, including Hockey Canada and Canadians on the whole must get comfy being uncomfortable as this dialog continues.

“I feel it is going to be difficult, regardless of who’s in cost, for that tradition shift as a result of it’s embedded … For it to vary, it’ll imply that everybody concerned in hockey not solely agrees however can present integrity in by no means perpetrating violence in opposition to ladies. That’s the place we’ll have the ability to measure change.”

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Din stated sponsors persevering with to drag funding from the group has, on the very least, introduced a really tough actuality to mild for Canadians.

“Many, many individuals are actually paying consideration and I feel that’s factor whether or not individuals are desirous about hockey or not … You begin to take into account ‘Will that be the domino that begins the change that it looks as if the group is resisting? Will that be sufficient?’”

Provincial and territorial hockey associations throughout the nation, together with Hockey Manitoba, Hockey Nova Scotia, the Ontario Hockey Federation and Hockey Quebec, have referred to as for change amongst Hockey Canada management, with Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick saying they’ll be withholding charges from Hockey Canada till this alteration happens.

BC Hockey, Hockey NL and Hockey PEI stopped in need of calling for resignations or withholding charges, saying that they’ll be carefully waiting for outcomes from the governance assessment.

— With information from The Canadian Press 

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New Olympic bid for Alberta 'potential,' says minister throughout WinSport funding occasion

Tradition Minister Ron Orr touched on a possible Olympic bid whereas saying a $17.5-million funding into infrastructure at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park on Tuesday

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A brand new bid to deliver the Olympics to Alberta is within the works, based on provincial authorities officers, who on Tuesday introduced a multimillion-dollar funding into infrastructure on the residence of Calgary’s 1988 Winter Video games.

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“The query definitely has been raised. Is it a chance? We’re definitely open to that,” Alberta Tradition Minister Ron Orr mentioned at a Tuesday announcement directing $17.5 million towards renovations at WinSport’s day lodge at Canada Olympic Park.

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Whereas particulars on the potential bid stay scarce, Orr confirmed the province is conscious of a “small group of people who’ve put collectively some proposals” and the province has been concerned within the conversations. Orr steered that Calgary is the main target of these discussions, however didn’t reveal who the group is or what yr they could be bidding on.

“We will definitely be these as they arrive and because it turns into applicable to speak about particulars. Sure, it’s potential,” mentioned Orr. “Town of Calgary has nearly all the facilities it will want for a Video games at this stage. And, in fact, this type of redevelopment would clearly add to that.”

In November 2018, Calgarians quashed town’s exploration of a bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, with 56.4 per cent voting in opposition to the transfer in a plebiscite. Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek mentioned she hadn’t heard something on renewing that exploration till she heard Orr’s feedback.

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“I don’t know what Minister Orr is speaking about, however I’m trying ahead to the provincial authorities partaking with us as a so-called website,” mentioned Gondek. “I don’t know something extra about it — (I’m) actually concerned about what’s taking place.

“I’ve been in (a) council assembly and I’m getting pinged ‘You’re going to have the Olympics?’ to which I mentioned, ‘We’re?’ So yeah, I don’t know.”

The Olympic and Canadian flags blow in the wind next to an Olympic torch relay stature at Canada Olympic Park on Thursday, December 9, 2021.
The Olympic and Canadian flags blow within the wind subsequent to an Olympic torch relay stature at Canada Olympic Park on Thursday, December 9, 2021. Gavin Younger/Postmedia

WinSport CEO Barry Heck mentioned the enhancements at COP may open the door for extra world-class occasions in Calgary, not essentially restricted to the Olympics, however he mentioned WinSport has not been a part of any discussions a couple of potential Olympic bid.

“Any time we improve and construct a brand new facility that can be utilized for a world-class occasion, similar to an Olympic bid or a World Cup or an X-Video games, it enhances our metropolis’s skill to draw these occasions,” mentioned Heck.

Deborah Yedlin, president and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, mentioned she would help an endeavour to deliver the Olympics again to Calgary however the metropolis would wish to enhance ageing infrastructure from the final Video games.

“We’d like a renewal of our sports activities infrastructure, and we all know that we’ve got stewarded the 1988 Olympic infrastructure in a approach that has continued to host worldwide competitions,” mentioned Yedlin.

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“In actual fact, while you journey and also you speak to folks and say you’re from Calgary, nonetheless to this present day the remark again is ‘You guys are so fortunate. You might have such nice infrastructure. We want we had the identical factor.’ So would we help a renewal of that infrastructure? 100 per cent.”

Renovations to help inclusivity, environmental affect

The $17.5-million increase from the province for the 35-year-old Frank King Day Lodge will assist prolong the lifetime of the constructing, positioned on the backside of the ski and snowboard hill at COP. The power was used as a media centre via the 1988 Winter Olympics and continues to be used as a neighborhood hub at COP, with a whole lot of hundreds of visitors passing via on a yearly foundation. It additionally homes WinSport’s workplaces and a number of retail and meals providers.

“The proposed modifications will make it extra accessible and inclusive for Albertans throughout the province. For the sporting world, which means para-athletes will now additionally be capable to have extra significant entry to this facility, and disabled guests will now be capable to entry the visitor providers and different facilities housed within the constructing,” mentioned Orr.

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Heck mentioned the undertaking will revitalize and increase the day lodge, specializing in bettering accessibility whereas decreasing the power’s environmental affect by constructing to net-zero requirements. The enhancements may even assist draw tourism and sporting occasions to COP, he mentioned.

“Though the constructing has gone via small renovations over time, it’s now on the finish of its helpful life. And it’s time to alter with the occasions with a give attention to vitality effectivity, accessibility, inclusiveness, and only a higher, extra enhanced visitor expertise,” mentioned Heck.

Construction at the day lodge is expected to begin next year.
Building on the day lodge is anticipated to start subsequent yr. Gavin Younger/Postmedia

“Offering accessible, upgraded amenities will make an enormous distinction in our skill to proceed to draw these world-class, top-tier occasions to our province.”

Paulina Promcharoenwatana is a freestyle skier in Grade 12 on the COP-based Nationwide Sport College; she’s vying for a spot on Group Canada on the 2026 Winter Video games. Promcharoenwatana, who has been taking part in winter sports activities at COP since she was 4 years previous, mentioned the revitalization of the day lodge is crucial so new skiers and snowboarders get the identical alternatives and experiences she did rising up.

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“For thus many individuals like me, the day lodge right here at COP is greater than only a constructing,” she mentioned. “Through the years it has been a spot to maintain heat between runs, a spot to spend time with my household after some enjoyable little races and a spot to fulfill my mates, fellow athletes and new folks. Most of my fondest recollections are right here at this constructing and on the hill.”

WinSport plots the ultimate value of the renovations at between $39 and $43 million, with building set to start someday in 2023. The provincial funding matches a $17.4-million federal contribution to the undertaking that was introduced earlier this yr.

— With information from Josh Aldrich and Brodie Thomas

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