And that is the black and white of it.
One area where I do think we may have stitched ourselves up somewhat is around the ethics of sponsorship. This is mentioned in the Telegraph article, and seems to have been a move since Lewis took over. We have avoided things like alcohol and gambling as major sponsors. Personally I would take these sponsorship deals.
Most sports have deals with Alcohol companies - RL now does not have an official beer (although Magners do sponsor many clubs). Nobody looks down at the Heineken Cup because of it's association to lager.
Gambling is a slightly more contentious one due to some of the betting scandals knocking round sport, but then we should not forget that it is a perfectly legal activity in this country.
I can understand the approach, but I do think it leaves us in a more difficult position than many sports now, when tbh we are already well behind these sports in the queue.
Agree with that Dave. Principles are fine but they don't pay the bills. And as you say, there's nothing illegal there.
Spot on both of you..
Why the RFL took its "ethical/altruistic" stance when it is governing a mainly working class sport is incomprehensible and has proved costly..
We used to be sponsored upto the eye balls with six sponsored tournaments , heavily sponsored internationals etc but we were in partnership with companies who had something to gain i.e the beer and cigarette companies and the like. We need some realism with regards the basis of our game.