The Markcast

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A sports-centric podcast, hosted by Paul Sanchez and Reid Johnson, covering news and opinions related to the CFL, XFL and other "alt-football" leagues outside the NFL.

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The USFL unveiled their team names/team logos and announced their 2022 USFL “host cities” this week and we are breaking down, ranking and analyzing all details. PLUS we are previewing CFL week 17 preview and talking all about the impending semi-finals featuring the Montreal Alouettes at Hamilton facing the Ticats and the Calgary Stampeders traveling to take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders.The USFL 2022 team logos are here and we have all the latest details from USFL Executive Vice President Daryl Johnson. What’s the plan moving forward, what new cities should we expect in 2023 and beyond, we have all the info. We also break down the placement of the “host cities”, do they make sense for a 2022 USFL and can they co-exist when the XFL returns in 2023. What are the chances of a USFL-XFL merger? We tackle that LOADED question and more USFL news.Davis Sanchez of CFL on TSN and TSN Edge joins us to preview the 2021 CFL semi-finals and to give his insights into the 2021 CFL season thus far. He responds to Caretake Bob Young’s comments about the excitement of the 2021 CFL and more.Morley Scott of 630 CHED stops by to break down all the latest drama coming out from the Edmonton Elks including the firing of CEO Chris Presson, General Manager Brock Sunderland and head coach Jamie Elizondo. Can Edmonton rebound in 2022 and what steps will be necessary to get them on the right track?Luc Mullinder, former Saskatchewan Roughrider and 620 CKRM analyst shares his thoughts on the Riders push to the 2021 Grey Cup, what he thinks their chances are against Calgary in the semi-finals and who he sees winning it all (potentially against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers) at the 2021 CFL Grey Cup. We discuss Taylor Heinicke’s big win against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, the lack of respect PJ Walker is getting, the release of Chris Streveler from the Arizona Cardinals, the Dallas Cowboys release Canadian kicker Lirim Hajrullahu, the CFL East and West Division all-stars, CFL tv ratings, and the NFL potentially moving to St. Louis and what that means for the Battlehawks.It’s a loaded (American) Thanksgiving episode, we hope you enjoy!

Nov 26

1 hr 56 min

FOX Sports has officially announced the 2022 USFL launch and we have all the latest details including USFL league ownership, management and more. Prolific USFL author Jeff Pearlman joins us to break down the announcement and to give his thoughts and expertise as someone who documented the original USFL through his book - “Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL”. We break down the FOX Sports USFL press release and go through the latest additional rumors and questions involving the USFL and when we might have those answers.We then preview/break down week 16 of the CFL season with Dave Dawson of Sports Spectrum and Aaron Korolnek of TSN Edge and TSN 1050 Toronto. How will the Toronto Argonauts fare heading into the East Division Finals? What more can be done by the BC Lions to get some growth out of this season? Are the Winnipeg Blue Bombers truly unstoppable? we tackle all of these questions and more in regards to the 2021 CFL season.Aaron Korolnek also shares some insights into sports betting, CFL fantasy football and how the CFL league offices need to harness those new ways of thinking to help propel the CFL into growth in a new generation of fans.The XFL is in the news as well, with both Taylor Heinicke and PJ Walker seeing starts for the Washington Football Team and the Carolina Panthers. We discuss the XFL’s plan to be “different” in 2023 compared to 2020 and whether or not an eventual partnership with the NFL makes sense. Fenway Sports Management is also back in the news with the rumored acquisition of the Pittsburg Penguins and we chat a little Fan Controlled Football thin-skinnedness.

Nov 19

2 hr 19 min

The XFL officially hires their league president and executive staff, plus we are previewing week 15 of the CFL with Dan Ralph, Chris Edwards and Adam Gosse.USFL news will most likely be coming NEXT week as we breakdown the latest XFL hires from Russ Brandon, to Janet Dutch, Jay Rothman, Doug Whaley and more. What will the former president of the Buffalo Bills or a former executive producer of Monday Night Football mean to the 2023 re-launch of the XFL? We break down all of the hires, fill you in on their extensive backgrounds and more. Plus XFL.com is updated and more career news and jobs info should be upcoming soon.Canadian Hall of Fame Reporter Dan Ralph returns to the show to breakdown all of the matchups headed into CFL week 15. Who’s winning the battle of the east when the Hamilton Ticats travels to Toronto to face the Argonauts. We discuss McLeod Bethel-Thompson, the Argonauts fanbase and MLSE’s ownership of the team moving forward. Are the CFL games entertaining this year? Dan Ralph has been covering the CFL for 30 years and shares his feelings on the matter as well as whether or not rule changes and other alterations could or should be made to the CFL moving on from the 2021 season.Chris Edwards, TSN Senior Live Event Producer stops by to share his thoughts on the CFL 2021 season thus far. Chris shares fun memories and personal highlights from producing CFL games of the past and gives some insights about the league that he’s gained from his decades-long involvement with the sport. Chris also gives his predictions to Hamilton/Toronto and Winnipeg/Montreal heading into the 2021 Grey Cup finale at Tim Horton’s in Hamilton.Adam Gosse, PA Announcer for the Toronto Argonauts also stops by to share his thoughts and excitement heading into Toronto’s big game this weekend. We talk about the electricity of the Toronto Argonauts fanbase, especially with an expected capacity-filled BMO field, as well as thoughts on coach Ryan Dinwiddie and crew leading the Argonauts on the field.It SHOULD be another fun show NEXT week as well with the (presumed) USFL launch announcement from FOX Sports, hopefully more XFL tidbits/hires and more! Make sure you’re subscribe on YouTube or your favorite podcast platform so you can stay up to date on all of the latest XFL, CFL and USFL news!

Nov 12

1 hr 56 min

The USFL moves to make their official announcement about a 2022 season and we’re previewing week 14 of the CFL season with Sean Bowen, Simon Tsalikis and Ethan Ready.Sean Bowen, Toronto Argonauts digital/in stadium host joins us to run down the teams moves heading into the East finals. The Toronto Argonauts are leading the East under the helm of McLeod Bethel Thompson and Sean Bowen talks about the excitement in the GTA surrounding the Argonauts as they look to play for the 2021 Grey Cup in their rival the Hamilton Ticats home field.Simon Tsalikis of TSN690 joins us to give overall thoughts on the quality of play in the 2022 CFL season, what we can expect from newly acquired Montreal Alouettes quarterback Trevor Harris and how far we can expect to see the Khari Joins led Alouettes headed into the 2021 CFL postseason.Ethan Ready, a former Ticats writer and CFL freelancer with CKPG News stops by to chat about America’s CFL team the BC Lions and their horrendous overtime loss to the Toronto Argonauts last week in OT. We preview the rest of the 2021 CFL season for the BC Lions and cover the latest kicker dilemmas facing the team.If reports are to be believed, the USFL in Birmingham is a lock to move forward with a Spring 2022 kickoff, with an official announcement coming next week via FOX Sports. Paul and Reid cover the identity crisis facing the NEW USFL and wonder if people really know the sort of Spring football league they should expect. Is the NEW USFL heading to disaster before it even kicks off? Only time will tell with this “re-imagining” of the USFL.Lots of other alternative football tidbits including an MLFB update, Fan Controlled Football’s rumored Spring kickoff crowding the alt-football landscape, Nate Holley’s signing in Toronto, Nick Arbuckle’s contract extension, Kyran Moore’s injury status, CFL future free agents, CFL TV ratings, Edmonton Elks issues, Ottawa REDBLACKS woes and more!

Nov 4

1 hr 35 min

CFL, USFL and XFL updates this week on your (hopefully) favorite weekly alt-football show!The USFL 2.0 Spring 2022 kickoff in Birmingham is a GO, Dany Garcia and Gerry Cardinale address the XFL’s future timeline and we preview CFL week 13 with Natey Adjei, Rob Vanstone and Paul McCallum.CFL Toronto Argonauts colour commentator Natey Adjei joins us to preview CFL week 13 with a BC Lions vs. Toronto Argonauts preview. We also discuss Nick Arbuckle’s trade to the Edmonton Elks and more. Rob Vanstone, friend of the show returns to discuss whether or not the CFL has an entertainment problem. Are the CFL games exciting enough and should more be expected and we quickly approach the 2022 Grey Cup in Hamilton. Former BC Lions (and XFL Las Vegas Outlaws) kicker Paul McCallum gives his thoughts on the 2022 CFL season, who he sees competing in the East Final and more.Sportico hosted a “live” Invest in Sports livestream, which featured XFL owners Dany Garcia and Gerry Cardinale. The two dropped some juicy tidbits about future timelines, their plans for a “global” vision and when we should be expecting news.Finally, it appears all signs point to GO for the USFL 2.0 and a smooth path forward with local Birmingham city officials for an April 2022 kickoff with “efforts now shift to finalizing agreements”. We also have a USFL hat unboxing courtesy of the new USFL merchandise shop and a special, one-of-a-kind Book Cameo surprise for Paul and our listeners!

Oct 29

1 hr 42 min

The USFL 2022 kickoff date? Potential TV partners to air 2022 USFL games and a CFL week 12 preview with Pat Steinberg, Bob McGregor and Josh Burton, this episode truly has it all!Pat Steinberg of CFL.ca joins us to give his thoughts on the 2021 CFL season so far and to preview this weekend’s match-ups with the Toronto Argonauts traveling to Montreal to face the Alouettes, the Ottawa REDBLACKS going up against the Hamilton Ticats, America’s CFL team the BC Lions squaring off against a white-hot Winnipeg Blue Bomber team and the Roughriders of Saskatchewan repeating their rivalry with the Calgary Stampeders.Bob McGregor, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers stadium announcer shares his thoughts on Winnipeg’s crazy 2021 run thus far and shares some stories about working the fervent Blue Bomber home crowd. Josh Burton, AD of Video Ops for the Toronto Argonauts also stops by before hitting the road to Montreal and talks up with will most likely be the team to beat in the East as we head to a Hamilton-hosted Grey Cup in December.We then have some BIG USFL news courtesy of AL.com’s Roy S. Johnson who gives some spicy details on the USFL’s Birmingham, Alabama bubble season, a potential kickoff date, TV networks slated to air the games and more. Is FOX devoting enough money over the next 3 years to get this USFL re-launch off the ground? Only time will tell.Finally, what is an “IRL NFT”? Fan Controlled Football seems to think it’s worth selling and we get to the bottom of that along with your other XFL and alternative football related news.

Oct 21

2 hr 17 min

CFL, USFL AND USFL news this week on a truly “jam-packed” show.Jeffrey Pollack is out as president and CEO of the XFL, the USFL is potentially setting up shop in Birmingham, Alabama and we have all your CFL week 11 news to cover as well.Dave Campbell, colour analyst for the Edmonton Elks joins us to figure out what the HECK is going on with the quarterback position in Edmonton. Trevor Harris is out, Taylor Cornelius (cough cough a former XFL quarterback) and Dakota Prukop will both dress as QB 1 and 2 for their game Friday against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Dave and Reid try to make sense of the mess in Edmonton and what they can possibly do to turn their season around.Scott Radley of the Hamilton Spectator and 900CHML stops by on the Hamilton Ticats “bye” week to chat Grey Cup standings, Toronto attendance issues (yes it’s still worth talking about) and who he seems leading the East headed into CFL week 11. Gemma Karstens-Smith of the Canadian Press also makes an appearance to talk about America’s CFL team the BC Lions who will be facing the Calgary Stampeders at home this Saturday with Reid and Dorothy of The Markcast in attendance. Will the “bye” week help the Lions? What will the team do without Lucky Whitehead?? We discuss.Finally Dylan Smith of Yellowhammer News graciously comes on the show to go in detail about his latest report on the USFL setting up a “bubble season” in Birmingham, Alabama with FOX Sports leading the charge. Where "Has Brian Woods name been brought up?" "Where is the money coming from?" "Where did the TV numbers come from?" "How long has this been in motion?" “Who owns the USFL trademarks now?” These questions and more asked and answered.If that wasn’t enough, Ben Fischer from the Sports Business Journal reports that the XFL is parting ways with league President & CEO Jeffrey Pollack, effective immediately. What does that mean for the other alternative-football league, when will we see an announcement of the forever rumored “Chief Football Officer”? We discuss and break it all down.Plus we have our big 1500 subscriber giveaway announcement, we chat Rod Black’s retirement, Hamilton hosting the 2021 AND 2023 Grey Cups, Jake Maier testing for the big “C”, Vernon Adams Jr.’s injury, the potential of Nick Arbuckle being traded, CFL TV ratings and attendance numbers, and even some FAN CONTROLLED FOOTBALL NEWS BABY for those still keeping up!

Oct 15

2 hr 8 min

Jeff Hamilton, Chris Walby and Matt Baker join us to preview week 10 of CFL football action. The Edmonton Elks organization is having the worst week ever (it’s not even close), and Jeff Hamilton gives his thoughts on the recent Eddie Steele firing from 630CHED and the Brock Sunderland drama involving recent personnel releases and locker room decisions. We also cover the Kenny Lawler Winnipeg Blue Bomber suspension and the other latest happenings from the Canadian Football League.Chris Walby, former 3x Grey Cup champion with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers joins us to chat how dominant the Blue Bombers’ performance has been through 9 weeks of CFL action so far leading into their week 10 matchup against the previously mentioned Edmonton Elks and who he thinks will face the currently 7-1 Blue Bombers in the Hamilton Hosted Grey Cup in December.Finally, Matt Baker, Manager of Communications and Content for (America’s team) the BC Lions joins us on their bye week to chat through how the team is preparing to come off of back-to-back home losses to the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers. We cover Lucky Whitehead’s injury/recovery and preview the Calgary Stampeders traveling to BC Place to face the Lions with Paul, Reid and Dorothy of The Markcast live in attendance!Finally we have honest to goodness Fan Controlled Football news with an announced season 2, as well as a potential partnership (not really) between the XFL and the NFL as we dissect and debunk the latest Instagram postings from Dwayne and Danny.

Oct 8

2 hr 2 min

Dustin Nielson, Reid Wilkins and Steve Milton join us to preview and chat about week 9 of the CFL as we are HALFWAY through the season, if you can believe it!!! Reid co-host of The Markcast has laid down the gauntlet to CFL Hall of Famer and friend of the show Milt Stegall in a social media avatar vs. social media avatar challenge between the winner of the BC Lions and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.We’re joined by TSN1260’s Dustin Nielson to recap the Edmonton Elks surprising LOSS to the Ottawa REDBLACKS, we also preview the BC Lions hosting the Winnipeg Blue Bombers coming into town for their Friday night matchup. Reid Wilkins of 630CHED stops by to chat the ongoing issues with Edmonton as well as to give his thoughts on the BC Lions, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Calgary Stampeders.Steve Milton of the Hamilton Spectator makes an appearance to run down the latest personnel changes with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as they host the Montreal Alouettes and Vernon Adams Jr. who are looking to make a run for the Grey Cup. We’re halfway through the 2021 CFL season and the teams are really starting to take shape! Finally, the Rock finally acknowledges the XFL, we cover the latest on Cody Fajardo and his tirade against social media, Dane Evans opening up about his family lineage and how Football Canada is embracing the support of acknowledging indigenous communities throughout Canada by revamping their logo.AND, Paul gets a surprise gift from a listener, don’t miss it!

Oct 1

1 hr 37 min

It’s a CFL week 8 preview show with Darrell Davis and Sean Campbell rehashing the horrendous showing from the Ottawa REDBLACKS hosting the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Wednesday night. CFL fans are becoming upset about the lack of offense and excitement in the recent weeks of CFL gameplay and we try to figure out why.Canadian Hall of Fame report Darrell Davis and Sean Campbell of TSN690 and Play by Play announcer of the Montreal Alouettes also preview the upcoming week of CFL games including the aforementioned Alouettes traveling to Toronto to take on the Argonauts and the 4-2 Saskatchewan Roughriders flying to BC to take on the similarly ranked BC Lions. Who will be ranked second in the CFL West division? We will soon find out.Also Steve McAllister, a long-time Canadian sports media and communications expert stops by the program to chat about single-game sports betting as it relates to the CFL and their business model moving forward. What steps are being taken in terms of harassing the revenue that comes along with single-game sports betting and is CFL management and the on-air talent doing enough to take advantage of it?Finally Dany Garcia had another one of her infamous Instagram stories XFL news “drops” by mentioning a dinner meeting with some of her fellow XFL business partners and Redbird Capital. We also cover the latest news of XFL darling Taylor Heinicke’s meteoric rise with the Washington Football team including his latest sponsorship deal with Bud light.Be sure to listen to the end of the show for directions to be entered into our 1,500 subscriber giveaway!!!

Sep 24

1 hr 55 min

**Note from Paul: The BC Lions are NOT America's CFL team.**Milt Stegall, Mike Hogan and Guilio Caravatta join us to preview week 7 of the CFL! Milt Stegall a CFL Hall of Fame and legend gives his thoughts on the CFL season thus far break’s down this weekend’s matchup of games including the Stampeders taking on the (now sans Dane Evans) Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Toronto Argonauts heading to Saskatchewan to take on the reeling Roughriders, America’s CFL team the BC Lions cross-country trek to face the Montreal Alouettes and the league-leading Winnipeg Blue Bombers facing the Edmonton Elks who recently announced the injury of lead quarterback Trevor Harris.Mike Hogan, play by play announcer of the Toronto Argonauts shares his thoughts on the Argos recent quarterback issues, ways the defence can improve and what he thinks about them coming into the Roughrider’s home to face the once heavily favored team coming off of two big losses.Finally the voice of America’s CFL team the BC Lions Guilio Caravatta comes onto the program to share his feelings on the new ownership of the BC Lions franchise under Amar Doman, as well as ways the team can look to grow amongst younger viewers. Guilio also gives insight as a former quarterback into the Tiger-Cats recent struggles under center with Dane Evans’ injury and the news about Trevor Harris being placed on a 6-game injured reserve list.We also break down the latest CFL new including Devlin “Duck” Hodges being signed by the Ottawa REDBLACKS, Chris Jones’ return to the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts, recent CFL player fines of Greg Ellingson and Justin Renfrow and the latest on Montreal Alouette’s head coach Khari Jones.Finally we break down Taylor Heinicke’s WINNING performance with the Washington Football Team in his Thursday Night Football debut against the New York Guardians and talk a little XFL with the news of Jonathan Coachman still waiting on some unpaid checks by the bankrupt league.AND DON’T FORGET, we also announce the rules to enter our big 1,500 subscriber giveaway!!!

Sep 17

1 hr 46 min

It’s the CFL 2021 Banjo Bowl and we are here to give you all the coverage you need ahead of the Saskatchewan Roughriders heading to Winnipeg to take on the Blue Bombers. Ted Wyman, of the Winnipeg Sun and Britton Gray of 980 CJME join us to run down the “heated” Banjo Bowl rivalry!We also preview the rest of CFL week 6 including the Hamilton Tiger-Cats traveling to Toronto to take on the Argonauts, the Calgary Stampeders rematching against the Edmonton Elks at home and the Ottawa REDBLACKS traveling to BC to take on the Lions with Ted Wyman, Britton Gray and Adam Laskaris from Daily Hive. Adam also gives his thoughts on the CFL season thus far, and what the Hamilton Tiger-Cats need to do to keep up the momentum they are building in the 2021 CFL season.There’s plenty of other news and notes around the CFL season and we tackle all of those as well including Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young buying beer for the Labour Day Classic attendees, the REDBLACKS hosting frontline workers, Nick Arbuckle’s status with the Argonauts and the latest TV ratings for the CFL.Finally we run down the latest CFL power ranking which sees the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at the top of the heap with Reid (and America’s) BC Lions slipping to number 7. Also Washington Football Team is close to picking their new franchise name and both Reid and Paul have some things to say about that! Please like and subscribe, we’re close to hitting that 1,500 subscriber mark!!!

Sep 10

1 hr 53 min

*This episode was recorded before the CFL’s announcement today of the successful rescheduling of the Edmonton Elks and Tor onto Argos game which was postponed during week 4. The game is now scheduled to be played Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30 pm EST in Toronto.It’s a Mark’s (cast) CFL Labour Day Weekend preview on this episode with BOTH Jason Gregor and Gord Randall. We run down the weekend’s matchups including the Montreal Alouettes at the Ottawa REDBLACKS, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers facing the undefeated Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Toronto Argonauts taking on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Edmonton Elks coming on an official “bye” week traveling to Calgary to do battle against the Stampeders. Gord also breaks down the BC Lions season thus far, talks new owner Amar Doman and what America’s CFL team needs to do to be successful in the CFL West.We chat the latest news coming out of Edmonton including the release of Jacob Ruby and statements from their president Chris Presson, and we cover news and notes from the rest of the CFL teams. Could the Ottawa REDBLACKS make a change at quarterback? Sounds like that was a possibility after losing to America’s CFL team the BC Lions last week.The NFL cut down their rosters this week, and we keep track of all the latest movements from some of your favorites from the XFL and The Spring League including PJ Walker, Michael Dunn and former AAF MVP Garret Gilbert.FINALLY, there’s some honest to goodness XFL news to chat about this week as Redbird Capital’s Rob Klein talks potential team owners, where they are at with hiring a commissioner and more.

Sep 3

2 hr 4 min

We preview week 4 of the CFL this week with Tim Baines talking the Ottawa REDBLACKS home opener vs. America’s CFL team the BC Lions, and Tim Capper shares his analysis on the Montreal Alouettes at home against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. We also cover the latest on the Edmonton Elks inability to play against the Toronto Argonauts because of an outbreak on the team and discuss the latest happenings around the CFL league when it comes to player and fan protocols and what commissioner Randy Ambrosie has to say on the matter.We bring on CFL Hall of Fame reporter Mike Beamish to give his thoughts and analysis of the recent purchase of the BC Lions by Amar Doman and what is needed to regrow a diminishing CFL BC Lions fanbase in the greater Vancouver area.Finally we DO cover a little XFL news including Oliver Luck potentially being brought in to help stabilize the Big 12 conference and update Jordan Ta’amu’s status with the Detroit Lions. Paul does a big unboxing of a listener sent in gift, a Toronto Argonauts jersey, and we low-key announce a potential live show in Hamilton on Grey Cup weekend in December.

Aug 27

1 hr 48 min

We're doing another LIVE CFL show before the Edmonton Elks take on the BC Lions in their home opener.The Markcast will be previewing the Elks/Lions matchup as well as chatting about the Montreal Alouettes taking on the Calgary Stampeders (minus a recently injured Bo Levi Mitchell), the Winnipeg Blue Bombers facing the Toronto Argonauts (hopefully with McLeod Bethel-Thompson at the helm) AND the Ottawa REDBLACKS going up against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at home. TSN Sports reporter Darrin Bauming will join the show to chat Blue Bombers as well as help us run down the week 3 matchups in the CFL and talk about how the CFL 2021 season is going thus far.Besides previewing week 3 of CFL play, we'll also be running down the latest CFL and XFL news as well as touching on recent USFL developments.

Aug 20

1 hr 9 min

It’s your pre-game semi-live show for week 2 of the CFL season! CFL insider Dave Naylor joins the program to preview week 2 of the CFL 2021 season in including the BC Lions taking on the Calgary Stampeders, the Toronto Argonauts facing the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Montreal Alouettes at the Edmonton Elks and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats going up against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Dave Naylor also shares his thoughts on the QB situation in BC, how C-218 and single-game sports betting will affect the CFL business model moving forward and gives some perspective to the CFL week 1 television numbers and live attendance figures. We also gush about the CFL’s new hotness McLeod Bethel-Thompson and go over why he just might be the new “king” of the 2021 CFL season.Plus all of your other CFL and XFL news including Cole Boozer and WFT, the new AAF documentary “Alliances Broken” and Jordan Ta’amu trying out for the New England Patriots.

Aug 13

1 hr 23 min

We went LIVE with Football Canada President Jim Mullin after the CFL 2021 kickoff game featuring the Hamilton Tiger-Cats taking on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Markcast is celebrating its one-year anniversary of covering CFL, XFL and other alt-football news by going live, providing instant reactions and analysis of the Tiger-Cats vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers game, and taking live feedback and questions/comments from our viewers!We also do the rest of our regular weekly show chatting the latest CFL news, XFL news and USFL news from around the interwebs! Make sure to "like" and subscribe if you enjoy our live content so we can continue experimenting with different CFL/XFL show formats in the future!

Aug 6

1 hr 19 min

This week on the show, we combat the conspiracy to take listeners away by going back into XFL coverage. Winnipeg Blue Bombers Senior Writer Ed Tait joins the show to chat with Reid about training camp from the 2019 Grey Cup - and defending - Champions. From TSN690 in Montreal, Joey Alfieri drops in to give some updates on the Montreal Alouettes. Finally, Reid's dedication to Wade Keller's Pro Wrestling Torch pays off, as Greg Parks (also from XFLBoard) chats with Reid about the potential of a PR problem with the XFL, as well as some wrestling chatter, which we used to call our "garbage" or "things that annoy Paul" segment.

Jul 30

2 hr 5 min

A LATE recording session, due to Paul's weird working schedule. This week's show includes the return of one Rob. Van. Stone. I mean... Rob Vanstone. Sorry... I let my inner wrestling mark take over for a second. Also, sports agent Darren Gill talks about his clients and a few that have retired from the CFL recently, with the uncertainty. Finally, Argos historian Paul Woods drops by to give a great breakdown and with a GREAT first name like that, it's good to see that maybe Pauls think alike. Because, despite the gatekeepers over at Reddit's insistence, this IS a CFL Podcast.

Jul 23

2 hr 20 min

This week, we're leading a horse to water. Maybe. We break down the fallout from the latest Taylor Swift song written by the C̶F̶L̶ ̶b̶e̶c̶a̶u̶s̶e̶ ̶w̶h̶o̶ ̶n̶e̶e̶d̶s̶ ̶a̶ ̶t̶w̶i̶c̶e̶ ̶f̶a̶i̶l̶e̶d̶ ̶l̶e̶a̶g̶u̶e̶ two parties involved in the now postponed merger. And by postponed, it's not just our opinion that we should really look at the verbiage laid out by the CFL. Canadian Press' Dan Ralph is here to chat about that (17:25). Murray McCormick from the Regina Leader-Post also drops in to update Reid on Roughriders camp and Paxton Lynch (59:10) and we wrap up our special guests, with Head Coach Hal Mumme of the Spring League champion Linemen (1:41:30).

Jul 16

2 hr 3 min

Say it ain't so? Go your own way? We are never ever, ever getting back together? (Unless single game betting doesn't work out) Break up songs are the theme of this week's episode, as the story breaks out that T̶h̶e̶ ̶C̶F̶L̶ ̶t̶o̶t̶a̶l̶l̶y̶ ̶e̶n̶d̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶d̶i̶s̶c̶u̶s̶s̶i̶o̶n̶s̶ ̶w̶i̶t̶h̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶t̶w̶i̶c̶e̶ ̶f̶a̶i̶l̶e̶d̶ ̶l̶e̶a̶g̶u̶e̶,̶ ̶b̶e̶c̶a̶u̶s̶e̶ ̶w̶h̶o̶ ̶n̶e̶e̶d̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶m̶,̶ ̶e̶h̶ both the CFL and XFL have mutually decided to end their potential partnership. To back up the truth and not the revisionist history, Mike Mitchell, a prominent XFL insider joins Reid to chat about what went wrong, what went right and what the XFL does now. Friend of the show and Canadian gem Farhan Lalji provides his three cents (sorry, it's the exchange rate between our currencies) about the CFL and that side of the ending of the merger. Finally, Sammy Gahagan, a scout for the Montreal Alouettes, hops on to discuss some of the players he's scouted, including Matt Mengel and Cole Boozer. It's a loaded show... with a giveaway at the end!

Jul 9

2 hr 44 min

It's Reid's birthday and he seems focused on the buffets, since returning from Vegas. On this week's show, Tim Baines, who covers the Redblacks joins Reid to chat about the CFL. Also, Will from the Argos Fancast also dropping in to talk to Reid about Canadian style football, eh. Also, an appearance from Josh Davis, to cover the latest with the ELF happening across the pond.

Jul 2

2 hr 8 min

This week on The Markcast, another 2 hour affair. From the Toronto Sun... CFL Hall of Fame Press Member Steve Simmons joins us to discuss C-218, the Canadian bill to legalize single game betting that passed... diplomatically convey a message that Arash tried to. Nic Sulsky from PointsBet also chats with Reid about the implications of single game betting in Canada. Jackson Leonard from past Spring League showcases also discusses his current status in pro football.

Jun 25

2 hr 20 min

This week on the show, Reid dissects the CFL schedule and is joined by friends of the show, Jim Mullin and Rod Pedersen to get their insight on where the CFL goes next. Also, Jim makes a sort of foolish bet with Paul. Also, Kevin Kugler drops in to talk about the TSL Mega Bowl and the next steps for the USFL.

Jun 18

2 hr 42 min

This episode is so big... it's a DOUBLE episode. Joining us this week, Pat Steinberg from the CFL (26:57), Paul McCallum, who played in both the CFL and XFL (1:13:18), USFL Executive Director Steve Ehrhart (2:06:28), followed by a copyright and intellectual property attorney, Michael Cohen (2:34:11). Our special guests wrap up with Kyle Smith, who oversees the USFL Project (2:53:13).We felt this episode needed a LOT of coverage, due to what we believe are lingering legal issues regarding the USFL reboot. So sit back and enjoy over 200 minutes of Markcast this week and, yes, Paul is annoyed at the length.

Jun 11

3 hr 32 min

This week, Reid enlists Matt Lyons, XFL and CFL NewsHub writer, as the guest co-host for this episode, as Edmonton releases their new name... The Elks! That's a fierce name. You couldn't talk Edmonton football without bringing in their colour analyst, Dave Campbell, to chat about the new name and all things Edmonton. Tom Mayenknecht, host of The Sport Market on TSN, also joins Reid. And... the USFL is back?! It was a wild week!

Jun 4

1 hr 50 min

A 2+ hour episode, loaded with guests. Scott Stinson from National Post joins us, as well as Greg James from CFL Radio America. Finally, Cole Boozer makes his second appearance on the Markcast, checking in from the TSL.

May 28

2 hr 6 min

This week on The Markcast, Jeff Hamilton of the Winnipeg Free Press stops in to give a passionate discussion on the CFL/XFL potential and happens to talk a little hockey as well. Reid goes solo with Stan Bedwell, a player who went to lengths to further his career as a football player. The latest on Spring League as well!

May 21

1 hr 39 min

The age old question... well, maybe it's only a year old question... what constitutes a football league? Guess it depends on who you ask. Jason Gregor from "The Jason Gregor Show" joins the guys to talk about the CFL and... hockey?! The latest on the COVID conditions in Canada and briefly catching up to Spring League and Luck/McMahon lawsuit news.Did I mention? We have a sponsor. Use the code "MARKCAST" at Manscaped.com to get 20% off AND free shipping on your order. Especially if that order is a BRAND NEW LAWN MOWER 4.0 that just dropped this week!

May 14

1 hr 42 min

It was the CFL Draft this weekend, so we brought in an old friend by the name of Connor O'Neil to break down what Canadian players to watch out for, both here and north of the border in the CFL. Also, host of the Sports Cage and the voice of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Derek Taylor, gives us his insight and his hopes for the CFL going forward. And despite Paul's ban on all things "Young Rock," somehow... it makes its way into the show, because the CFL is mentioned on the season finale. A great episode from top to bottom!

May 7

1 hr 47 min

This week, we make the pivot to just "The Markcast." We love the CFL, so Reid and Paul invite two of Canada's premiere print journalists, Dan Ralph and Rob Vanstone, to chat about the future of the CFL and the latest news leaking out about a potential merger. During the show, last minute news from the NFL trickled out, as well as some brief banter regarding the TSL.

Apr 30

1 hr 49 min

This week on the show, the guys try and somewhat fail and succeed at pronouncing AJ Jakubec's name correctly. Sorry, AJ... but we did give you a YERRRR! Dan Barnes also joins the show, as we continue to break down the news coming from north of the border and their plans to play a truncated 2021 CFL Season. Some XFL news and TSL news to round out a very full show!

Apr 23

1 hr 56 min

The previous description has been deleted, thanks to Rod Pedersen blowing up our entire show at 3:30pm. Kidding. Sorta. We break down the late breaking news, as well as bringing in Farhan Lalji from TSN to talk about his opinions and perspective on the merger, prior to Pedersen dropping BOMBS. It's a crazy episode that was finished at the last minute. Hope you enjoy.

Apr 16

1 hr 35 min

There's a showdown at high noon, between the fellas and Arash Madani, over the XFL and why he thinks the CFL doesn't need them. It's an interesting turn, to say the least, as Arash seems to be in the solutions business too. Also, Spring League head honcho Brian Woods stops in to discuss the next season of his league and the expansion of it. This is a can't miss episode.

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Apr 9

2 hr 21 min

This week, the guys are fired up and wired up... on ZOA energy drink. Jim Mullin from Football Canada joins us to talk about the culture and structure of the CFL and how it needs the university and junior support to thrive. Also, podcaster and CFL fan Connor O'Neil drops in to give his perspective on the potential of the merger. Tidbits from the Luck/McMahon lawsuit and how Oliver Luck might make Paul pretty happy, IF he is the choice to replace Larry Scott in the Pac-12.

Apr 2

2 hr 3 min

Another two hour plus episode, so you know Paul's already not happy. Kidding. It had to be done. Edmonton Football Team color (or colour, since Canadian) analyst Dave Campbell drops in, along with new Alouettes place kicker/punter Matt Mengel. Also, Braydon from CFL Reddit covers how the fans among the internet feel about merger talk. Break out the Tim Bits, eh... there's a lot of the Great White North in this episode.

Mar 26

2 hr 15 min

"Well... that escalated quickly," Ron Burgundy once said. If you're looking at the total running time, don't be alarmed, because every minute is entertaining. Paul will refrain from the cliche bell this week, because the show is actually JAM-PACKED and he's getting dental surgery. Friend of the show, professional placekicker Ernesto Lacayo, steps in to guest host with Reid to give the latest news. Canadian sports talk host and CFL expert Rod Pedersen joins the crew to talk about the potential of a CFL/XFL merger, along with the hurdles to a merger and inside info on why the CFL is seemingly in trouble. Former Seattle Dragons running back and UFPA President Kenneth Farrow II hops in to discuss the UFPA's start, how it became involved with the CFL/XFL news and the solutions to player concerns going forward in their athletic careers. Finally, former Super Bowl champion running back with the Seahawks, Robert "Turbo" Turbin discusses his stint with the FCF, coming after the Beasts defeat in the semifinals of their playoffs, along with his thoughts on where Russell Wilson might end up playing in the upcoming years. *Turbin's interview does contain explicit language.*

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Mar 19

2 hr 27 min

This week, Reid's entire plan of a jam-packed podcast falls to the big news (that we allegedly shouldn't speculate on) that the CFL and XFL are discussing a partnership. The CFL is in trouble and Redbird has money. Also, Braden Smith from the Zappers of the FCF joins us, because he is the real MVP (insert Kevin Durant meme here.)

Mar 12

1 hr 20 min

Just when Reid thought all his angst towards FCF was out, they put it all back in. We discuss the tumultuous week for his emotions with FCF, along with the latest news from the Luck vs. McMahon wrestling ang... uhhh... lawsuit.

Mar 5

1 hr 16 min

This week, the guys try to make sense of the random rule changes in between games of Fan Controlled Football. Plus... Russell Wilson wants out of Seattle? Carolina clearing cap space to hold FIFTY million dollars in money on two quarterbacks? Wild.

Feb 26

1 hr 5 min

This week, we review the first weekend of Fan Controlled Football and our critiques of what they need to do going forward. Like, maybe, not have a commentator dropping profanity over the stream? Also, the latest with the XFL and a funny story about why Paul is running at peak internets again.

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Feb 19

1 hr 6 min

This week on the Markcast, our king Taylor Heinicke collects the bag from the Washington Football Team. Also, Fan Controlled Football talk and former Tampa Bay Vipers QB Quinton Flowers joins us to talk about FCF!

Feb 12

1 hr 11 min

This week on the show, we record late at night to get those last minute news bits and to toast the XFL 1.0 being 21 years old - the drinking age! The latest from news tied to XFL players and critiques of Fan Controlled Football.

Feb 5

1 hr 4 min

A super-sized episode as the owner of Fan Controlled Football's Wild Aces, Greg Miller, stops by to spend some time chatting about his social media reach and his excitement/involvement with Fan Controlled Football. Major moves in the NFL being discussed, along with the latest XFL updates that will probably be dated by the time this drops! Just our luck.

Jan 29

1 hr 29 min

Jam packed episode! And this time, we mean it. "Jerdy" aka Jackson Erdmann from the Fan Controlled Football league joins us, as well as Vince from "The Alternative Football Scouting Report." We're covering the latest with Oliver Luck vs. Vince McMahon and potential XFL players moving up in the NFL. Last but not least, Reid's wife Dorothy drops in for a gift for the fellas.

Jan 22

1 hr 24 min

Reid finally got his (not so) bootleg PJ Walker jersey from China. Also, why Taylor Heinicke needs his own Disney movie stat... and the latest on Fan Controlled Football!

Jan 15

1 hr 2 min

Alternative football quarterbacks getting some serious playing time in the NFL... and what is happening in Carolina? A potential of FIVE quarterbacks?!

Jan 8

57 min 25 sec

This week, D-Line Coach for the FCF, Chase Baker, joins us to talk about Fan Controlled Football. Speaking of... Johnny Manziel was franchise tagged by a team? Interesting turn of events. We also cover Taylor Heinicke potentially starting for the Washington Football Team.

Jan 1

1 hr 10 min

It's Christmas Day! Seattle Dragons K Ernesto Lacayo drops in from his workouts to chat about his career. Plus, Taylor's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.(*We (Reid) misspoke in this episode. QB Josh Johnson has been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list and has not been cut from the 49ers. Apologies for any confusion and for being incorrect. Thanks for listening, we will do better.)

Dec 2020

1 hr

This week on the show, Spring League MVP and QB of the Champions, Bryan Scott, joins us to chat about the title game and all things Spring League. Josh Davis drops in again to chat about the final Spring League game and the latest on the Oliver Luck lawsuit.

Dec 2020

1 hr 21 min