No, I believe their is a better chance that team could spend more time in London. I could see the Jaguars splitting their season between Jacksonville and there.
Making progress on the field was big. So was the recruitment of a legitimate quarterback for the upcoming season -- and the recruitment of some intriguing quarterbacks for subsequent seasons. So were the continuing facilities upgrade. Also, the Tigers staff has put a lot of time and effort into this market .It's finally getting the payoff.
It is crazy. This makes for a newsworthy offseason. It's also nice to see the talent spread out across the league. But NBA fans must hate the lack of continuity in most markets. Just when you get excited about your team, it blows up.
I don't know . . . getting the NHL All-Star Game is a big deal, especially since the Winter Classic was here just a few years back. The St. Louis market is on fire right now and the NHL would enjoy capitalizing on that, but the league does need to spread the love across its markets.
Mikolas and Goldschmidt could lead the way if they manage to play to last season's level.
Maybe Arozarena gets a look. They Cardinals don't have a while lot down there right now, given the pitching injuries and the depletion of hitting talent.
Like Theo Epstein said going into the break, sometimes front offices go into slumps just like the players do.
I believe the Cardinals ranked about 10th in payroll coming into the season. Maybe they could go a little higher, but the bigger issue is how they spent their money rather than how much they have spent for this season. There's dead money and there are a LOT of overpaid players.
Hockey is a bit different since the sport demands emotional buy-in and tremendous cohesion on the ic. In many ways it is the ultimate team sport. Baseball is more individual. Atmosphere is important in baseball, true, but I'm not sure a fiery leader is going to jar a bunch of players from months-long slumps. I believe the individual Cardinals are committed to performing well, but try as they can't get out of their ruts. Shildt has stayed on the high road and demonstrated confidence and patience with the guys . . . mostly to no avail. But, again, it's not like these guys don't care.
Most players are battling some physical issues. Guys play hurt, which is fine to a degree. But when they cross the line and hurt the team by playing hurt, then the manager must step in. Molina was walking that line before conceding that he couldn't play with that thumb injury.
Mozeliak magically moved Allen Craig, just as Armstrong was able to move on from the Ghost of Jori Lehtera and get Brayden Schenn in return. But, yes, it's tough to make those trades.
Because he might like it better somewhere else. If the team wants to keep Ozuna, then it should try to extend him during the season. If management has doubts about committing to Ozuna for the long haul, then, sure, see what you can get by dealing him.
I'm sure DeWitt feels some frustration and disappointment. He is not a passive investor. He is a hands on owner and he expects to be in the hunt this year.
I know commissioner Rob Manfred says the players can't just cherry pick what they like from other CBAs, but that is one example of a concept from another sport that has merit. The owners all decided they don't want to pay the luxury tax and that has served as a payroll cap. It put a restrictor plate on buying. If the veterans get squeezed again in 2020, I could see a work stoppage coming.
Mozeliak should be able to make a move or two, but, again, there are a LOT of guys performing below their career norms. If that doesn't change, then trades won't make a big difference.
This is a decent market, but let's not forget the great programs in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Lots of tradition in those states.
I'd say no. Would anybody here give the NFL some hard-earned money to watch a bunch of practice squad guys slog through 3 1/2 hours of meaningless football? Fans here are pretty jaded and for good reason.
No, it would be because every upstart league since the AFL-NFL merger has crashed and burned. Second-rate football is not an easy sell.
I'd say the MLS ceiling would be the NHL -- and getting that high won't be easy. The league is conceding that by favoring cozier stadiums.