Posted by RidingPie
on 05 September 2015 - 04:24 PM
But for what purpose? I would understand it if they were building towards filling Wembley but what possible gain have they from playing a game and getting less or similar to what they would have got at a rent free DW?
Big companies are usually based in London, as are the real decision makers who can say "I'll sponsor your club". Add to that Lenegan has a lot of contacts down there, I'd be interested to know who was in the corporate hospitality boxes.
That may be so but the lenders - and that includes you if you contribute to a pension scheme - took a huge hit in 2011, details of which I posted earlire
as I said I don't disagree with any of that. Whilst my money may have been lent to them (actually thats unlikely because most of my pension fund is in property), I don't think I can be considered a lender as it wasn't up to me who that money was lent to. If you're giving what amounts to unsecured loans you'd better be very sure of who you're giving your money too!
I'll add that, while I definitely believe people should pay their debts back (and I've always managed it thus far), there has to be a level of responsibility on both sides. If I go in to a bank and ask for a personal unsecured load of £35 million then I'd be laughed out of the bank pretty quickly. The lenders have to put their hands up for taking a ridiculously bad risk.
and after making loss after loss for the last few years, once the government has ditched the last of its shares (even though it hasn't guided the business) it will miraculously start making profits again.
I'd be surprised if it was one of those three, since those will probably be the top three money spinners at the DW all season - unless they are getting one hell of a deal down in London.
Possibly start off with a good competitive clash where they aren't going to get many away supporters anyway. Possibly someone like Huddersfield (sorry not meaning to dis your away support but the attendance at the JJB was very similar to the Catalans attendance and you're a good team). Then if there's a lot of interest try and get a crowd to a bigger stadium that the DW for a Wigan V Saints/Leeds match.
And I blame Clegg. He knew what the Tories are like, but he didn't care. He sacrificed all his party's principles in order to get power. And they have paid a heavy price, and IMO will continue to do so for many years to come.
You can blame Clegg for a lot, but not this, since all being done by a majority conservative government! Maybe look at Labours failure to win the election is a more realistic angle to vent on.
I can see both sides of the argument, and I'm not slavishly devoted to the idea of the marquee player rule. However, what edges it for me is to look at the England team that played in the World Cup semi-final and to note how many of those players don't play in SL, and, in one case of course, no longer play rugby. The sport isn't going to become more attractive if we let the top talent drift away.
exactly! How great would it be if after the Union WC if Leeds, or Hull or Bradford signed Sam Burgess? OK I admit he's probably going back to Aus when he goes, but it means some clubs can realistically try.