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Martyn Sadler

Grounds for optimism on TV audiences

🕔15:09, 21.Mar 2014

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

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The match of the season – but only for us!

The match of the season – but only for us!

🕔16:20, 20.Mar 2014

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

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Is it time to get rid of video referees in Rugby League?

Is it time to get rid of video referees in Rugby League?

🕔12:00, 10.Mar 2014

Is it just me, or is anyone else getting mightily sick of the amount of time we are devoting to video referee decisions in Super League? Whether you’re watching the game live at the stadium or on TV, the video

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Is ‘jeopardy’ a dead duck?

Is ‘jeopardy’ a dead duck?

🕔10:25, 26.Feb 2014

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

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Talking Rugby League: The new season is upon us!

Talking Rugby League: The new season is upon us!

🕔12:01, 4.Feb 2014

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

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

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

🕔11:06, 4.Feb 2014

£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

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Talking Rugby League: The RFL rejects NRL rule changes

Talking Rugby League: The RFL rejects NRL rule changes

🕔11:05, 1.Feb 2014

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

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A warm welcome to Super League sponsors First Utility

A warm welcome to Super League sponsors First Utility

🕔11:59, 30.Jan 2014

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

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Talking Rugby League: A league structure that will work

Talking Rugby League: A league structure that will work

🕔15:05, 14.Jan 2014

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

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Welcome to 2014 – but is something missing?

Welcome to 2014 – but is something missing?

🕔13:15, 8.Jan 2014

Doesn’t the dawn of a New Year fill us all full of optimism, as we look forward to brighter days and nights ahead, and think about what the fledgling year will bring. In Rugby League it’s good to look ahead

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