I agree with you on the OLA needing to get more info out there. I found it maddening to miss first round games last year because the schedule wasn't out there anywhere online. But I don't see a correlation between getting info out there and casual/formal. Casual/formal is a style of dress, a style of mannerism (yes sir vs hey buddy). I've done the stuff you mentioned for teams in the past (not in OLA but in a pro sports league), I never wore a tie or suit once, yet all of our publications, press releases, Internet updates were timely and professional.
As far as employees of MLB, unless it's changed since the time I used to be around MLB games and offices, you typically didn't see a suit. The GM, maybe, depended on the team. The team staff, golf shirts with a team logo were standard. The CFL is certainly the same - last time I saw the commissioner at a game, he walked by in a golf shirt, coat, and jeans. The NFL, I don't have much experience with, my limited experience saw people dressed MLB-style. I think the stuffiness and formality of hockey skews perceptions here, as it's the dominant sport. If CLax wants to go that way, it's their right to do so. But for me, that would lose a big part of the friendliness and approachability of the sport.
Posted on Dec 18, 2011, 3:33 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168