I saw them just over a week ago and I feel like this act has only gotten worse since this review. I saw them in February and it was mostly what was described above; then at the end of July it was more of what I hated and less of what I loved.
However Nathan, I will agree with you partially. The crowd played a part in my lack of interest in the concert. Most of the people were not fans of Major Lazer and I think Diplo knew that, so instead of playing a lot of his own songs, he would play 30 seconds snippets of his songs and then play 3-4 songs that were not his original work.
I don't pay for concert tickets to Major Lazer to barely here any of there songs. I typically expect at minimum 2/3 original and 1/3 remixed work. However it was 1 part Major Lazer and 3 parts Drake, Snoop Dog, etc; oh with "Major Lazer" phrase continually repeated in the background over all these remixes.
McCrory has an Education Degree? Has he ever taken a job in teaching? Has he ever known what it's like to be a classroom teacher with no pay increase for four years? In a State that ranks 48th in financial support?
That is a vile comparison.
This is Christians at work! FALSE CHRISTIANS! Republicans claim to be more Christian than Democrats and all others but this tells the story. Being Christian is not about politics. Matter of fact, it is very difficult to be a politician and be a good Christian. Christians do not do this kind of thing because it is manipulation and it excludes people from the democratic process. When will the people who REALLY are faithful followers of God learn that this is not Christian!
Thanks Lisa. Plates of cookies handed out in this state should always be regarded with suspicion. ;-)
Certainly the league could have laid out the reasoning more clearly. It's still not obvious to me why NASL has a duty to "honor" the World Cup by not playing during that time. (Why not honor the World Cup by playing league games and holding extra promotional events?)
If evidence shows that fans won't attend games during the World Cup, that's one thing. In any case, this doesn't seem to be one of the key reasons behind the decision.
I'm a fan of single table, too, and I'm keen to see how the fall season and the inaugural Soccer Bowl play out. But Peterson's comments here suggest that conferences and post-season playoffs may yet be a part of NASL's future.
I actually like where the league is headed and the guiding principles they are using. A balanced schedule, a single table, and respect for the international calendar are all things soccer supporters in this country have been asking for since MLS started. kudos to NASL for staying true to those principles and trying to find a short term (one season) plan that is workable with an eye towards their vision. I think the criticism they deserve is on the PR side. They should have anticipated the confusion of fans and announced this format alongside a thorough interview with press so the rationale, and not just the result, were both publicized at the same time.
Jake, thanks for prompting me to actually look at the match schedule.
According to FIFA, the opening match will be played at 5 p.m. LOCAL time, 4 p.m Eastern time, on June 12. This is a Thursday.
Otherwise, group stage games will kick off at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. (These times are local--all sites but two, Manaus and Cuiaba, are CET-5, one hour ahead of Eastern Time.)
The first two Saturdays, June 14 and 21, will have group stage games. June 14 is cluttered with games, but the latest kickoff on June 21 is in Cuiaba, at 6 p.m. (local and ET).
On Saturday, June 28 and Saturday, July 5, the latest kickoffs are at 5 p.m. local, 4 p.m. ET.
On Saturday, July 12, the third-place game kicks off at 5 p.m. local, 4 p.m. ET.
So, it seems that NASL's evening kickoffs could avoid direct conflict with the World Cup after the first Saturday. Conflicts on June 21, the second Saturday of group play, could be avoided altogether by bumping the kickoff to 8 p.m. ET.
There is the real issue of soccer overload during the group stage, but that's only two weeks. If teams are concerned about this, the NASL fixtures could be scheduled so each NASL team hosts only one game during this time. Some clubs, such as the RailHawks, would be in a good position to host watching parties at their stadiums just prior to NASL games.
In 2010, the RailHawks went all-in on promotional activities tied to the World Cup (some of which involved this newspaper). I don't recall anyone associated with the RailHawks organization wishing that league games were not being played.
Here's the link to the FIFA match schedule:
Actually the entire group stage (which is the only time the league should take off IMO) has a game at 6 pm ET just abut every day.
Once the knock-out rounds start, the games go to noon and 4 pm. The 4 pm game would be running close to 7 pm kick-off times (the norm for Carolina). Especially if the game went to extra time and penalty kicks.
Brian, I apologize for that link's failure to reproduce fully. Our comments section is wonky that way. But do you know how Minnesota's attendance during the World Cup compared to games played on other dates that season?
Jake, surely this is just a one-time conflict. Unless things are crazier than I thought, the vast majority of games will be played in daytime—but not necessarily because that's the traditional time to play on the weekends. More important from a business and logistical standpoint is that the vast European viewership will require daytime kickoffs so they can watch in the evenings.
David, you can't compare the two World Cups because of the time difference. The first Saturday of the World Cup next year will have a 6 pm ET and 9 pm ET game. Those conflict directly with normal kick-off times for the NASL. That's just not good business.
I know the Minnesota United FC NASL team has records for last 2 world cups, their predecessors played. Very poor attendance. http://www.reddit.com/r/minnesotaunited/co…
Very interesting interview, but I'm curious about Peterson's premise that it's important to "honor the World Cup by not playing during that time." Later, he suggests there was a groundswell of fan opinion against playing during the World Cup.
It might be worth looking at the 2010 schedules of other second-division leagues that normally play during the World Cup months of June and July.
Digging through the archives of foreign second-divisions—in foreign languages—takes more time than is wise to spend, but I did locate this: Sweden's Superettan played right through the World Cup in 2010 (but the top flight took a break). http://svenskfotboll.se/superettan/tidigare-ar/resultat-2010/tabell-och-resultat/?scr=fixturelist&ftid=27265
(The Superettan is a very tough, hard-fought division, as Americans Gregg Berhalter http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2013/07/24/american-exports-hammarby-fire-gregg-berhalter-manager-citing-teams-lack-off and Billy Schuler have discovered.)
My uneducated guess for the next expansion: add in Calgary to the mix for 2015. Then Charlotte & St. Louis to bring the total to 16 teams in 2016.
The Libertarian Party has successfully lobbied for election law improvements in the state legislatures of over half the states, including North Carolina. Some years ago the North Carolina legislature removed wording on the petition that implies the signers are members, which made it tough for newly qualifying parties to get signatures on their petitions. Also the legislature removed the discriminatory provision that said only parties with 1% of the registration should be listed on the state income tax form for taxpayers who want to send a small contribution to their favorite party. Both changes are because of Libertarian Party activity. Unfortunately this year's bill completely abolishes the state income tax checkoff form.
Limiting early voting, ending pre-registration for 17 year olds who will be 18 by election day, ending same day registration even with an ID and ending paid voter registration drives. It seems to be me that voter registration should be as simple as store loyalty cards. To clarify those plastic discount cards with a code. The card would have to presented to vote and the card could be scanned to check in. It would require fewer poll workers and the check in process would be much faster. Such a system would go farther in eliminated voter fraud than what has been purposed by HB589. I don't know what they were thinking by limiting early voting. It actually hurts their vote totals because people who have jobs don't have the time to hang around in long lines to vote like people on welfare.
PUT DOWN THE KOOLAID...any law abiding citizen has some form of ID ...why are YOU DEMON-CRATS not want FAIR elections...could it be all the VOTER FRAUD OBOZO DID...all the DEAD PEOPLE VOTING FOR HIM...HOW A TOWN OF 2000..VOTED 4500 times for HIM ??????
The joke is not the Libertarian party, it's first past the post/"winner take all" voting. It was a great step in the right direction, but it's time for some changes. (More on the problems of "FPTP": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7tWHJfhiyo)
The Libertarian Party is a diverting sideshow. While their main focus is at elections, where they huff and puff and blow nothing down while getting none of their people elected, they also excel at accomplishing nothing legislatively. In short, they are an old and tired joke and for a leftie rag like IndyWeek to cite them as some sort of evidence of the "badness" of a simple law that tightens up election protocol to minimize fraud seems pretty lame to me.
Who else can you get to say that the sky is falling? This is embarrassing for you guys.
Guess what, the DWR/DWQ merger has to cut 15% of its FTE positions. Good bye clean water!
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