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Mk13

Member Since 03 Feb 2008
Offline Last Active Jun 07 2015 09:06 PM
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In Topic: Postivity!

07 June 2015 - 04:08 PM

So someone may go to SJP for the RU world cup, be disappointed by the sport on show and when MW next rolls into town they might give it a miss because they don't know the difference between league and union! Brilliant.

 

No, because we keep working on getting the message across - hence the reason that two or three consecutive years would be a good idea. Plus a (hopefully) viable pro team in the area doing their bit all year round.


In Topic: Postivity!

07 June 2015 - 02:07 PM

No negatives for me - so what if Union has some big games in the same city in the future? It happens. A lot of North Easterners only have a vague idea of the differences between RL and RU and aren't at all interested in their rivalry. Let's have some confidence in the product - on and off the field, Magic Weekend was an enormous win for RL. I strongly suspect that anyone who goes to one of the RU fixtures expecting more of the same will be somewhat disappointed.

 

On the subject of one code taking advantage of the other, I have to say that Newcastle Thunder's marketing (and delivery) of their Magic Friday event was extremely effective, and just could not have happened with the old set-up of a few part-time staff and volunteers doing what they could on a shoestring. Having access to the the marketing and event organisation teams that the Falcons have built up benefitted the Thunder enormously.

 

The article only looks at the impact in Newcastle, by the way. I expected Toon to be buzzing with RL fans - I was more surprised to see the same was true in Durham on Saturday morning, and I'm sure that was replicated in other towns in the North East.

 

I agree that a return in 2016 is a must and should be announced ASAP. It's good to keep the event moving around to keep it fresh and target different markets of potential new fans, but I think two or three years at a time at a given venue is a good idea and lets you build on the first year's impact.


In Topic: Brian Carney backs Newcastle Thunder to soar

28 May 2015 - 08:24 AM

For what it's worth, I don't think the Falcons actually own the Thunder. Semore Kurdi owns the Thunder, just like he owns the Falcons. As he hails from Jordan I doubt that Union/League tribalism means much to him. I think we should take the Newcastle Thunder regime at face value and trust them to deliver a better future for the club, unless we have evidence otherwise.