2018 U Sports Playoffs/University Cup (Fredericton, NB)

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  1. Drummer

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    USport 56th University Cup - Fredericton, New Brunswick
    March 15-18th
    Aitken University Centre (cap. 3,600) - UNB-Fredericton Campus

    This will be the 4th year of the 8-team-single elimination tournament.

    The Conference Champions will be seeded 1-3.
    The OUA Runner-up (Queen's Cup runner-up) is seeded 4th.
    The remaining Conference Runner-ups and OUA 3rd are seeded 5-7th.
    The Host, if no already one of the other seeds, is generally 8th.

    Seeding of 1-3 and 5-8 are defined by the pre-tournament MHKY USport Top 10 Rankings.

    The Awards Banquet is Wed. March 14th.

    This is the 6th time UNB has hosted Nationals, or 3rd successful bid (2002 & 2003, 2011 & 2012 and 2016 & 2017).

    Previous Nationals at UNB
    2017 - UNB(#5) over USK(#6)
    2012 - McGill(#2) over UWO(#4)
    2011 - UNB(#1) over McGill(#2)
    2004 - SFX(#2) over UNB(#6)
    2003 - UQTR(#2) over SFX(#6)
     
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    Well - with only 12 games left, thought I would create a thread for this year's UCup.

    At this stage, it looks like a 4-team race; ALB, UNB, USK & SFX.

    It would be great to see two East/West semi-finals or a CW/AUS Finals rematch.

    Taking some liberties with the OUA Teams, the seeding's could look like this if ranked teams advanced as ordered.
    #1-ALB vs #8-(SMU/ACD)
    #4-GPH/RYN vs #5-USK
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    #2-UNB vs #7-UQT
    #3-McG vs #6-SFX

    Lots of great stories here (swap 5 & 6, UNB plays Friday which means ALB+USK having to play on the first day, ALB vs ACD again,..)
     
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    I think UNB will decide to open up thursday night, but that hasn't been determined yet.
     
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    Jumping the gun a bit......
     
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    Indeed. Sask had two one-goal wins over Regina last weekend, and Regina are last. Whomever advances to the semi-finals will be much tougher.
     
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    I don't see UQTR getting out of the OUA East. Concordia has better coaching, and Carleton is stronger. One of those two, plus McGill, will make it through.
     
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    2018/19 & 2019/20 BID TIMELINE

    In case you were curious about the next host - here is the timeline for the next tournament bids.

    BID PROCEDURE and TIMELINES
    - Call for Bids: August 16, 2017
    - Confirmation of intent to bid via email: September 12, 2017
    - Deadline for submission of questions: December 1, 2017
    - Bid Submission Date: December 8, 2017
    - Presentation of Bids to Committee: December 13, 2017
    - Selection of Winners and Notification: December 20, 2017

    Financial Disclosure worth noting:

    Payment of a Rights Fee (no exceptions) of $75,000-$125,000.
    Globe and Mail Promotional Campaign of $5,000.00
    Payment of 12.5% of ticket revenue
    Payment of 50% of revenue generated from 50/50 raffles
    Payment Webcasting Director $1,500 including travel (Mandatory).
    Digital platform fee of $8,000 (Optional)
    following these payments there are also revenue sharing agreements for sponsors & advertising
     
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    I have been told that the UPEI Panthers have/are submitting a bid. Not sure how accurate that is.
     
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    Here are some other interesting items from the USPORTS HOCKEY (M) BID Book
    - You can bid on one(1) or both Men’s Hockey Championship. There is no particular scoring criteria that spells out a higher score for hosting both, but you would likely get a higher score in the 'Revenue' area compared to a single bidder. It's also worded that there will only be one championship over the two years (bad grammar). It is quite possible that two separate 'single' events are hosted back-2-back which would be interesting.
    - All revenues from local sponsorships (less than $10,000 in cash) will remain with
    the Host.
    - Webcasting will be a 3 camera production including 1 camera at field level (4th camera for Gold game), Instant replays (with U SPORTS branded transition) & 720p quality @ 2Mbps bitrate. The broadcaster will have final say on any potential livestreaming partner.
    - There must be a separate hotel booked for officials (double occupancy)
    - The Host hotel(s) must have free Wifi located throughout
     
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    Is there any mention about the format? Does USports or the host decide whether they want to keep the current format or change it? I imagine Sportsnet must have some say as well?? I assume they almost certainly prefer the current set-up?
     
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    I think that's true. Others are "rumored" to be: Acadia, Lethbridge and Ryerson. My guess is that if Halifax gets the Memorial Cup, Acadia won't get the bid. I would guess that Ryerson will get the bid. Possibly Ryerson gets the bid even if there is no Cup for Halifax. There have been a lot of U-Cups in the AUS.
     
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    When do the announce the winner of the 2019 Memorial Cup bid though?
     
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    Looking at Google, they announced 3 cities for 2018 in November 2016 and announced the finalist in Feb 2017.
    From the Halifax Moosehead site: The winning bid of the 2019 Memorial Cup is expected to be announced in spring of 2018.

    U-Cup Selection of Winners and Notification: December 20, 2017.
     
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    USPORTS dictates the format as outline in the BID. The format remains the same (eight teams, single elimination with Bronze game) and the qualifications remain the same (three champions, OUA runner-up, AUS runner-up, CW runner-up, OUA Bronze and Host).

    It was my understanding that both the CIS/USPORTS and Sportsnet wanted a format change that would see Saturday winner's advance which wasn't always the case in the two-pool format.

    The 'broadcaster' has input/control over Sat & Sun game times.
     
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    So the USPORTS announcement will be prior to the Memorial Cup announcement and both events 'could' be in the same city. If there are some good non-AUS bids, I would think the tournament will be outside the Maritimes.
     
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    I really wish they would go back to afternoon/night games on the weekend instead of playing at 12pm/4pm.
     
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    It could happen - this year the BB championships are the week before Hockey, so there is less USPORTS completion (just the Men and Women's tournaments).

    Sportsnet-West is carrying the Oilers vs Panthers game on Saturday afternoon and Dallas/Winnipeg on Sunday for Rogers Hometown Hockey (that's the issue - SN uses the other channels for non-hockey content on Sunday night). The Raptors are on TSN Sunday afternoon, so at least that's not in the way.
     

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