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#1 clement

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:09 AM

So what can the RFL do to make the Championship divisions worth paying good money to go watch instead of them feeling like friendlies.

#2 MrPosh

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:12 AM

Maybe some kind of league system?

Perhaps a prize for finishing top?
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#3 The Parksider

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:16 AM

So what can the RFL do to make the Championship divisions worth paying good money to go watch instead of them feeling like friendlies.


Why would they feel like friendlies when the top four are breaking their necks for the massive prize that is superleague, and the bottom 10 are trying to avoid relegation and near certain death.

Why wouldn't the top four aim to anihilate the DR demons and the 10 team relegation dog fight be just that - four pointers all round the the increased corwds that relgation battles (apparently) create????

Friendlies? I think the RFL/SLE may have livened it up.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:33 AM

Why would they feel like friendlies when the top four are breaking their necks for the massive prize that is superleague, and the bottom 10 are trying to avoid relegation and near certain death.

Why wouldn't the top four aim to anihilate the DR demons and the 10 team relegation dog fight be just that - four pointers all round the the increased corwds that relgation battles (apparently) create????

Friendlies? I think the RFL/SLE may have livened it up.

How many players did Widnes take into Super League?Players will break their necks for winning pay thats all and the spectators are left with the same year on year even if their team goes unbeaten.

#5 JohnM

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:35 AM

Maybe some kind of league system?

Perhaps a prize for finishing top?


and DR, too.

#6 gazza77

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:40 AM

How about most of the above (league sytstem, prize money etc) combined with a system where for each fixture, both clubs pick a team based upon the best players that they have signed and are fit, rather than a team that is partially based upon the availability of a different clubs fringe squad members? :ph34r:

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:42 AM

How many players did Widnes take into Super League?Players will break their necks for winning pay thats all and the spectators are left with the same year on year even if their team goes unbeaten.


That's a fair comment. Ideally, supporters of a club that's had a poor season would think, "well, we had a poor season last year but this year's going to be better". In fact they probably feel "well, we had a poor season last year but this year's going to be even worse".

I don't know - any attempt to even up the competition often falls foul of UK or EC law.

DR won't even the competition up - that's for sure. It depends too much on who you're linked with and what crumbs they have to throw at you in any particular week.
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#8 Just Browny

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:53 AM

Revoke the season tickets of / deny entry to the vocal, whining minority of Kingstone Press Championships supporters, and seek to replace them with a younger audience.

I can confirm 30+ less sales for Scotland vs Italy at Workington, after this afternoons test purchase for the Tonga match, £7.50 is extremely reasonable, however a £2.50 'delivery' fee for a walk in purchase is beyond taking the mickey, good luck with that, it's cheaper on the telly.


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:55 PM

Revoke the season tickets of / deny entry to the vocal, whining minority of Kingstone Press Championships supporters, and seek to replace them with a younger audience.


Dual-Reg upcoming fans from SuperLeague maybe...?
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:06 PM

They will have to tell em on saturday night of course....dream on Gav! :rolleyes:

#11 clement

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:36 PM

Revoke the season tickets of / deny entry to the vocal, whining minority of Kingstone Press Championships supporters, and seek to replace them with a younger audience.

To see a team finish 5th after a full season and still be in with a shout of being Champions.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:49 PM

May be we could use the challenge cup as a bit of an insentive. Maybe we could give the top four maybe six teams a bye in first rounds of the challenge cup and have them entering in the last 32 round along with the super league clubs .
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#13 dkw

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:40 PM

Hold on, which games have you seen that feel like friendlies?

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:46 PM

So what can the RFL do to make the Championship divisions worth paying good money to go watch instead of them feeling like friendlies.


In terms of crowds you're always gonna struggle with attendances the lower you go down the pyramid. Championships are always gonna struggle to increase on their attendances while it's impossible to get promoted.......that doesn't mean that teams at the lower end of CH1 can't grow to a similar commercial standard to FEV, FAX or LEIGH.

In terms of games feeling like friendlies i don't think they do at all......i would have thought that was more of a problem in super league

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:40 PM

Why would they feel like friendlies when the top four are breaking their necks for the massive prize that is superleague, and the bottom 10 are trying to avoid relegation and near certain death.

Why wouldn't the top four aim to anihilate the DR demons and the 10 team relegation dog fight be just that - four pointers all round the the increased corwds that relgation battles (apparently) create????

Friendlies? I think the RFL/SLE may have livened it up.


Come on Parky keep up, it's 3 points for a win, 2 poi ts for a draw and 1 point for losing by 12 or less, making them 6 point matches!!

Edited by Keith T, 13 February 2013 - 04:42 PM.

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#16 JohnM

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:40 PM

In terms of crowds you're always gonna struggle with attendances the lower you go down the pyramid. Championships are always gonna struggle to increase on their attendances while it's impossible to get promoted.......that doesn't mean that teams at the lower end of CH1 can't grow to a similar commercial standard to FEV, FAX or LEIGH.

In terms of games feeling like friendlies i don't think they do at all......i would have thought that was more of a problem in super league


Championships are always gonna struggle to increase on their attendances while it's impossible to get promoted.That has been comprehensively disproved on here many times.

#17 HOLYMOLY

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:46 PM

Championships are always gonna struggle to increase on their attendances while it's impossible to get promoted.That has been comprehensively disproved on here many times.


You ok in your ivory tower ?

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:51 PM

Championships are always gonna struggle to increase on their attendances while it's impossible to get promoted.That has been comprehensively disproved on here many times.


Where?

In the history of licensing, one team has been elevated. Promotion is something else entirely, it is won on the field of play, not in the boardroom.

#19 JohnM

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:42 AM

The issue of spectators levels at clubs in the Championship has been done to death on here..again and again and again and again.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:03 PM

But still a worthy issue to scrutinise during 2013 I would have thought, with dual reg and entire squad registrations throughout the championship.




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