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In Topic: Catalans Rumour

30 July 2014 - 11:44 AM

The inferences are that the TV deal is a vehicle to block Toulouse, all the RFL need to do is ask for a TV deal at an XX price the French TV stations won't provide.


Indeed. On the last year Q&A regarding their policy review, the RFL made a point asking Toulouse to bring a TV deal that would cover the cost of the english SL2 clubs (or something like that).


When you consider that no french TV is interested in showing Toulouse Carcassonne (let alone giving money for it), asking for Toulouse to find someone to bring money to show Toulouse Featherstone or Toulouse Halifax was a nice exemple of high level trolling.

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...