How migrants in search of championships hurt pro sports

Expansion meant salary caps and luxury taxes were necessary to keep teams competitive. But the system has failed players and fans

How migrants in search of championships hurt pro sportsThe problem with giving an athlete all the money he’ll ever need is that he’s going to ask you for something you can’t guarantee – no matter how much money you have. And that’s a championship. As the Erik Karlsson drama demonstrated last week, when an athlete gets all the money he can command, he’ll…

How soccer revitalizes nationalism

It’s difficult to detach the World Cup from patriotism, even among the most disenfranchised of citizens

How soccer revitalizes nationalismThe penetrating question of the 2018 World Cup of soccer is: Why do the large, powerful nations have short national anthems while the smaller countries have ones that go on forever? God Save the Queen (England) is over faster than you can say Bobby Charlton. But songs of Iceland and Peru seem more like six-part…

What businesses can learn from Iceland’s World Cup soccer team

Many times in business, we face competitors who have more talent and money. Rarely do we have a strategy to humble them

What businesses can learn from Iceland’s World Cup soccer teamIceland tied Argentina in a World Cup soccer game last week. It was a David-and-Goliath match. A tiny nation, home to only 300,000 people, against a country more than 100 times as large. On paper, Iceland didn’t stand a chance against the much more experienced, highly professional Argentina, which was led by one of the…

Minor soccer celebrates successful season

‘Soccer continues to thrive in Kindersley thanks in large part to some great support,’ said local club president Darin Wildman

Minor soccer celebrates successful seasonKevin McBain of The Clarion Kindersley Minor soccer wrapped up its season last weekend with a fun round of games. This outdoor season saw 200 boys and girls from under-5 to under-17 participate. President of Kindersley Soccer Incorporated, Darin Wildman, said that it has been a great season. “It has been a great season,” he…

Kindersley Storm soccer teams continue to excel

Under-13 team goes undefeated in their three-team division to claim the gold medal in Saskatoon

Kindersley Storm soccer teams continue to excelKevin McBain of The Clarion The Kindersley travel teams continued to find success at soccer tournaments last weekend. The Kindersley Storm sent four teams to the Saskatoon Harder Avalon with all of them finding some success. Leading the way was the under-13 team, which went undefeated in their three-team division to claim the gold medal.…

Gambling and pro sports: a marriage made in heaven

But with so much more money to be made, the potential for mischief seems great. How do we control that mischief?

Gambling and pro sports: a marriage made in heavenIt’s been a big week for gambling. The expansion Vegas Golden Knights – home team of the Las Vegas sports books – continued hitting blackjack on their way to the Stanley Cup Final. And, in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the ban on sports wagering outside Nevada was struck down. Now states can allow legal…

Are the Golden Knights the greatest sports story of all time?

It’s a mug’s game to select one great sports moment over another. But that doesn't make Vegas’s success any less remarkable

Are the Golden Knights the greatest sports story of all time?When a sports team is starting out, most observers set a very low bar for expectations. The hope is the first season isn’t too disastrous, there’s gradual improvement over the next five to 10 years, and the team eventually becomes a playoff contender. There are rare exceptions to this rule. Consider the Vegas Golden Knights,…

Kindersley Storm U11 team earns silver at tournament

Five Kindersley Storm FC teams kick off the outdoor season at Saskatoon tournament

Kindersley Storm U11 team earns silver at tournamentKevin McBain of The Clarion Kindersley Storm FC blew into Saskatoon on the weekend with five teams to compete in the Lakewood Kickstart outdoor soccer tournament this past weekend. The Storm U11 team was tops among the Kindersley teams, earning a silver medal. Coach Bernie Morton said that the team played very well. “I was…

Local soccer player takes his game down south

Mason Clapper, 16, attends tryout camp for U.S. colleges

Local soccer player takes his game down southKevin McBain of The Clarion A young local soccer player is looking ahead to his future. Mason Clapper, 16, was invited and recently attended a tryout, with college scouts in attendance, at Oxford, Ohio, the home of Miami University. Mason went down with mom Amanda and Bruce Penner for the workout held April 29. It…

Soccer is alive and well in Kindersley

Close to 190 youth, about 20 more than last year, have registered for the spring outdoor season and there is still time to register

Soccer is alive and well in KindersleyClarion staff Soccer is a growing sport in the Kindersley area. Close to 190 youth, about 20 more than last year, have registered already for the spring outdoor season and there is still time to register. If you have missed registration, don’t fret, there is still time. Call Kindersley Minor Soccer President Darin Wildman 306-463-7866…

Storm U17 team comes up short at provincials

Kindersley outdoor soccer registration deadline is March 27. Organization is looking for coaches, managers, board members and volunteers

Storm U17 team comes up short at provincialsKevin McBain of The Clarion The Kindersley U17 Storm FC team competed in the six-versus-six provincial championships on the weekend . Unfortunately, didn’t come up with a win but nevertheless competed well. “We just can’t seem to finish in those close games,” said coach Darin Wildman. “We just can’t find the back of the net.”…

Kindersley U13 Storm team dials up gold medal

Outdoor soccer registration to be held between March 5 and 27. The club’s annual general meeting has been set for March 20

Kindersley U13 Storm team dials up gold medalClarion staff Three Kindersley Storm FC teams competed in the SUSC soccer tournament in Saskatoon on the weekend and two came back with medals. The under-13 squad earned a gold medal with a 3-2 victory in the gold medal championship, in the eight-team draw, over the Prince Albert Celtic. To get there, the Storm ended…

How Toronto FC’s win could transform soccer’s reputation in Canada

The MLS champions have put the spotlight on the 'beautiful game' like never before in this country

How Toronto FC’s win could transform soccer’s reputation in CanadaIt wasn’t long ago that Toronto FC was regarded as one of the worst teams in Major League Soccer history. Now, they’re at the pinnacle of success – and in a unique position to permanently transform soccer’s reputation in Canada. On Saturday, Toronto FC (Football Club) won the MLS Cup by beating Seattle Sounders 2-0…

Storm team wins gold

Under-11 team dominates at the Aurora Open soccer tournament in Saskatoon; other local teams do well

Storm team wins goldClarion staff The Kindersley under-11 Storm team earned gold medals this past weekend at the Aurora Open soccer tournament in Saskatoon. The event was a big one, featuring 112 teams in all age divisions. The U11 team, with players from Kindersley and Rosetown, was dominant in this tournament, winning four straight games. They had just…

Storm teams kick off indoor soccer season with medals

‘It was a very good start to the season,’ said club president Darin Wildman

Storm teams kick off indoor soccer season with medalsKevin McBain of The Clarion The Kindersley Storm rep club opened its indoor soccer season in style, winning a pair of silver medals at the Lakewood Kickstart Tournament on Nov. 10 to 12 weekend. The club had three teams participating, in the under-11; under-13 and under-17 age divisions. The U11's had a strong showing, despite…