Monday, July 28, 2014
Rugby League News

Martyn Sadler

Time for players to exercise some muscle


I was interested to read an article last week about the newly-elected NFL Players Association (NFLPA) president Eric Winston. Winston has been a gridiron player for many years, and now he will lead the players in their dealings with that sport’s governing body. His first duty is to represent the players in responding to an NFL proposal to increase the ... Read More »

Grounds for optimism on TV audiences

This is an updated version of the Talking Rugby League article that first appeared in Monday’s issue of League Express   The average audience for Rugby League on Sky Sports seems to be rising this season, if the first ten televised matches of the season are anything to go by. The average audience so far this season for both the ... Read More »

The match of the season – but only for us!

Action from last year's Grand Final between Wigan and Warrington

Tonight we will see a Grand Final re-match. Warrington Wolves versus Wigan Warriors at the Halliwell Jones Stadium! Doesn’t it just get the blood tingling! Can the Wolves get their revenge for their Grand Final defeat last year? Can Wigan win without Sean O’Loughlin and Micky McIlorum? Will this be the night that Warrington’s young halfback Gareth O’Brien really comes ... Read More »

Is ‘jeopardy’ a dead duck?


The RFL’s reorganisation of the league structures was intended to bring ‘jeopardy’ into more matches, whereby promotion and relegation is supposed to make more matches ‘meaningful’. The idea came from a report commissioned from KPMG. Last week we saw the first indication of the fans’ reaction. Wakefield and Bradford were playing each other in what, even at this stage, could ... Read More »

Talking Rugby League: The new season is upon us!


It only seems like a blink of an eyelid since Sean O’Loughlin was raising the Super League Trophy at Old Trafford, but the start of the new season really is only days away. It’s another unusual launch, as the standalone opener between Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants – Super League Champions versus League Leaders – kicks it all off on ... Read More »

The ins and outs of Super League’s lucrative new TV deal


£200 million is an awful lot of money. So when the RFL agreed a five-year contract with BSkyB for that amount, and persuaded the Super League clubs to give their backing to it last Wednesday, most of them didn’t need much persuading, particularly when told they would each receive £300,000 into their bank accounts within a couple of weeks. Only ... Read More »

Talking Rugby League: The RFL rejects NRL rule changes


The RFL will not follow the changes in the laws of the game announced last week in Australia by NRL bosses, even though the new rules in Australia will pull the two versions of Rugby League further apart. The NRL has implemented a raft of new rules for the 2014 season, supposedly aimed at speeding up the game and improving ... Read More »

A warm welcome to Super League sponsors First Utility


So who are First Utility, the new sponsor of Super League? They have signed a contract to sponsor our leading competition for the next three years, so I imagine we will be getting to know them quite well between now and the end of 2016. For those who don’t know, First Utility is the largest independent energy supplier with more ... Read More »

Talking Rugby League: A league structure that will work


Martyn Sadler suggests a way forward in the debate about new league structures. This week the Super League clubs will meet with representatives of the RFL to discuss the structure of governance of their competition, which they will do tomorrow (Tuesday), and the structure of the leagues themselves, which they will talk about on Friday. The RFL would like to ... Read More »