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

24 July 2014 - 10:40 AM


Magic Weekend - the only sport that has a festival where all 14 teams play in one venue over a weekend.



Just for the sake of it: the french women basketball league has the exact same thing running since 2005. There are probably many other similar exemples somewhere in the world.

In Topic: Carcassone in Super League

01 July 2014 - 07:45 AM


Fair enough. I was going to try to argue that Dax is really in RU land. But I know that is a poor argument. Wakey is in RL land.


One thing though - is Dax quite affluent?




It's doing OK, I would say. But not really rich, nothing like Biarritz if you want.


I realize that we are entering apples and oranges territory here, but I still believe that the likes of Wakefield & Co should/could do much better on that field.

In Topic: Carcassone in Super League

01 July 2014 - 07:14 AM

US Dax

In Topic: Carcassone in Super League

01 July 2014 - 06:51 AM

On the plus attendances are less of a defining factor in french sport as it is in the UK, french sporting teams get greater public funding from local councils and government bodies. The commercial and public support for Catalans has been nothing short of exceptional.
Based onban official report from the RFL they get the highest turnover of any SL club. A magnificent achievement.


There is also a case to be made about the lack of commercial support of english SL clubs. I remember a few months ago there were a thread here about how Wakefied (I think it was) was aiming to double its commercial income. It sounded all good, before I realised that the sum they were talking about was about the same as the commercial support of my hometown RU team. A team that play in french tier 2 in a city of no more than 20 000 habitants...

In Topic: So will Jeopardy - Bradford v Wakefield - see a bumper crowd next week?

21 June 2014 - 11:39 AM

Bradford's home attendances in 2012 fell by 16% under licensing.

Bradford's home attendances in 2013 fell by 27% under licensing.

Bradford's home attendances in 2014 are currently down by 21%.


Jeopardy must be to blame.

No, really.


Jeopardy doesn't improve things though.
This 'jeopardy' game had a worst relative decline than other 'non jeopardy' games.
Anyway, who gives a f*** ? That a few extra hundred people may or may not be attracted to the stadium for a couple of games because of this so called 'jeopardy'  is not going to change anything. We are only talking of a few extra thousand quid for the whole game. That's as marginal as it gets.
In the meantime, in this brave new world of P&R we are going to:
- Lose the only non M62 english club in SL
- Make it impossible for an extra french club to join the SL, thus making impossible for an enough competitive french team to emerge.
- Make it harder - if not impossible - for a non M62 english club to join the SL
- Make half of the SL clubs jeopardizing their long term future for short term succes (which it what P&R does the best), creating a de facto two tiers SL.
These points do matter, and are all much, much more important that the few hundred extra spectators that may - or may not - be attracted to the stadium in Braford or Wakefield.