Some very tired arguments on here.
Posters who do not go to Broncos matches endorsing expansion at all costs regardless of the fact that professional sport is meant to be a business. Posters demanding Rugby Leagues own welfare state where a London club lives off RFL: subsidies that will continue ad infinitum
. Unrealistic in that UK sport is based on a private ownership model and inevitably that would mean giving money to those who have created the problem in the first place who ignore the advice that the RFL gives them anyway,as with the appouintment of Rob Powell
The value of London to a sport that is transforming into a feeder league for the NRL and RFU. lay in a moderately sucessful club with reasonable attendances that would allow the RFL to approach broadcasters and sponsors and say "we are a national sport" and get a TV contract that reflected it. As things stand you have a cellar dwelling club with paltry attendances so when the RFL goes to the media and searches for sponsors the reply would be "Who are you trying to kid". Remember we now live in a world where even the editorially pro-league Independent
accuses the game of "living a lie" http://www.independe...ey-8081362.html
This does impact on a sport which has no main title sponsor and now is tarred as a Northern M62 sport like it or not.
The fact is London Broncos are a very badly run sporting club who have been bad for some time
, past the point of no return IMO, The club's inevitable demise will leave a toxic legacy for league in the South and potentially damn future expansion attempts. As it will be posted and said "remember the London Broncos - what a success they were".
There have been some psuedo-scientfic articles by scientists when apart from justifying their own athestic belief system, claim that league in london fails because it has never neen given enough time. In truth a scientist should know that you cannot run an experiment when your test subject has been contaminated and that is the case here due to the shambolic nature of the club and the way it has been run on and off the field..I am not of the belief that London was / is infertile territory for league but to paraphrase Lloyd George the ownership has sold every pass we had.
There are lots of London Broncos posters on here with widely differing views on most things, some of which I profundly disagree with, yet all are as of one voice when iot comes to how the club has been run. We cannot all be wrong
I read Dave Parker has come up with London moving to Saracens, presumably this is based upon the 10,000 seat stadium (15.000 capacity is sadly too big) and the 3G Pitch. Unfortunately Mr Parker if you had been reading TRL:you would have seen in some of my earlier posts that Saracens agreement with Barnet Council allows 16 matchdays only with the rest of the time the stadium for community and athletics use. This is lazy journalism and a non-starter.
That is of course assuming the London Nomads
get on the field next season wherever they may play - and my hunch is as a revenue stream for Leyton Orient. What is clear is that the remaining hard core will shrink further as ST holders like myself simply will not renew, and if you look on facebook and elsewhere you will see I am not alone in this.
My point is that for those who are concerned about Rugby League as a sport
. How much longer can the RFL and other clubs allow this situation to continue without taking decisive action to either change the ownership of the club or engage in damage limitatrion by announcing midway through this year that the club will not compete in Super League 2014 or is everyone happy with the clubs slow motion demise?
Edited by THE RED ROOSTER, 12 March 2013 - 11:41 PM.