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Marwan Koukash: I'll turn rugby league into a global sport


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#21 walter sobchak

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 10:16 AM

I think part of the problem here is he has his foot in one camp in a part of the world where RL is pretty much established. He is looking to put another foot in another part of the world where RL is very much established. A couple of games in the middle where no one plays or is likely to play on a big scale doesn't then make the game global. Why isn't he going hell for leather in places where the game isn't already established?


Dubai is awash with cash and maybe some rich Arab sheiks could also take a shine to rugby league as there's a limited amount of premier league clubs up for sale.

#22 zorquif

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 10:20 AM

Dubai is awash with cash and maybe some rich Arab sheiks could also take a shine to rugby league as there's a limited amount of premier league clubs up for sale.

 

That I acknowledged above - I can see the rationale for going and playing games in Dubai, but does a couple of games there and a few mega-bucks owners make RL a 'global game'?



#23 walter sobchak

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 10:28 AM

That I acknowledged above - I can see the rationale for going and playing games in Dubai, but does a couple of games there and a few mega-bucks owners make RL a 'global game'?


Not if it's only English and Aussie sides playing matches out there but if big money can be generated by taking games and tournaments there then somehow that money is then invested in developing RL in places like the US, Canada, south Africa, Nordic countries etc it can only help.

#24 Johnoco

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 10:28 AM

That I acknowledged above - I can see the rationale for going and playing games in Dubai, but does a couple of games there and a few mega-bucks owners make RL a 'global game'?

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#25 Wellsy4HullFC

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 10:38 AM

If he buys an Aussie club, I hope it's Sydney based and he relocates it! That would be interesting!
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#26 northamptoncougar

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 11:11 AM

Rather have him than Rimmer or Wood any day

#27 Lounge Room Lizard

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 11:26 AM

Some people have got a long way doing just that LL.

 

Have you tried it? Maybe you should.

Done the shouting but but the money bit is the problem as I dont have any! :-) Seriously developing a Sport or a Club is way more than throwing money around and making intentions. You need to do grassroots development and build a structure to work off thats best for the people in that area. You cant just set up a Pro Sport that nobody knows about. You need to have people working at the local level developing the sport as well as the club and having a structure in place so that young people especially get to hear and want to be part of it. If he wants to take the Sport to the UAE for example, then he should get in contact with the people developing Rugby League there. He should work with them and how both can support each other. Somehow I just cant see that happening.



#28 fieldofclothofgold

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 12:58 PM

The NFL are attempting to make their game global too by playing exhibition games for awhile then setup franchises in Europe.Although at present they only play 8 home games and they have a big player pool and of course they have money


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#29 zorquif

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 01:06 PM

The NFL are attempting to make their game global too by playing exhibition games for awhile then setup franchises in Europe.Although at present they only play 8 home games and they have a big player pool and of course they have money

 

But they are playing the exhibition games where they are planning to expand too. And also where there is already a thirst for the game. As you say, they only have 8 home games. They sold out two in london last year.



#30 JM2010

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 01:35 PM

Playing 9s and WCC in Dubai and possibly even US and SA would be a good idea especially if domestic games could be played as curtain raisers and possibly a domestic 9s comp alongside SL and NRL comp

#31 OMEGA

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 01:42 PM

I like Marwan, he is a breath of fresh air and I hope the small minded thinking that prevails in RL doesn't sicken him off!

I wish we had more like him, owners who are backing their own clubs AND THE WHOLE SPORT rather than the selfish self preservatory mindset that Chairman have historically had.

#32 Bob8

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 01:45 PM

Not if it's only English and Aussie sides playing matches out there but if big money can be generated by taking games and tournaments there then somehow that money is then invested in developing RL in places like the US, Canada, south Africa, Nordic countries etc it can only help.

In which case I would like to fully support the good doctor in his work and say what a fine and handsome chap he is. 

 

I will be sending the Danish rugby league account details along shortly.


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#33 Pie tries

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 01:48 PM

I love Dr Mar. It's about time someone talked our sport up instead of moaning - and he seems to be very able at doing that. Hope he has a brother

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 02:10 PM

The only problem he faces is the insular nature of the NRL,the "SOO is the be all and end all".If he can change that attitude,he may well have a chance.
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#35 Dave T

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 05:33 PM

Rather have him than Rimmer or Wood any day

what is that actually based on?

#36 markleeds

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 05:59 PM

The only problem he faces is the insular nature of the NRL,the "SOO is the be all and end all".If he can change that attitude,he may well have a chance.


That's will take much more than money!!

Good luck to the bloke, he obviously doesn't let negativity get in his way. Any one who has ever set up a business will have experienced the 'it will never work' or 'no one wants what you are selling' or 'just get a job, it's more secure' attitudes of people who aren't prepared to at least try.

#37 scotchy

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 06:48 PM

what is that actually based on?

The businesses Marwan Koukash has run has made him many many millions and allowed him to build one of the biggest horse racing empires in the country and allowed him to own an SL club and possibly an NRL club simply as passion projects.

 

The businesses Nigel Wood has run has ruined one RL club directly and it still hasnt recovered from his leadership, the other is an organisations which after years of growth under the previous regime is currently undergoing a huge contraction in pretty much all aspects. Ralph Rimmers experience consists of being Nigel Woods lackey. 

 

You have a big share holding in a business, you need to employ one of these three men to run it for you. Who are you going to choose?



#38 Dave T

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 07:33 PM

The businesses Marwan Koukash has run has made him many many millions and allowed him to build one of the biggest horse racing empires in the country and allowed him to own an SL club and possibly an NRL club simply as passion projects.

The businesses Nigel Wood has run has ruined one RL club directly and it still hasnt recovered from his leadership, the other is an organisations which after years of growth under the previous regime is currently undergoing a huge contraction in pretty much all aspects. Ralph Rimmers experience consists of being Nigel Woods lackey.

You have a big share holding in a business, you need to employ one of these three men to run it for you. Who are you going to choose?

i dont trust your summary, which is sort of my point. People dont want facts, they want boogeymen.

#39 gutterfax

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 07:46 PM

I like marwan. Look at what he's done for Salford already......challenging for honours and with bigger crowds than 2012.....oh, hang on!
He needs to understand that unlike the north of England, where he can mouth off and make claims left right and centre but not follow through, the press in stralia will hold him to every claim he makes....

#40 l'angelo mysterioso

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 07:56 PM

We don't want this in this great grittily northern game of ours
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