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Posted by Gambass on 27 April 2015 - 11:04 AM
It seemed to dawn on me thinking about it long and hard that the professional game itself hasn't grown much from it's 1996 footprint to what we have today.Compare SL 1996 to SL 2015 and it's still largely a one motorway league with token involvement from France.
For me personally I'd certainly have cut SL to 12 but brought back one up one down P & R.
Posted by Gambass on 02 April 2015 - 11:29 AM
I'm not quite sure I follow. What are they doing to adopt the brand? They aren't changing names are they?
On a side note, OCP reminds me of Robocop!
les changements de nom et d’organigramme seront effectifs dès le 1er juillet 2015, selon les règlements de la FFF.
It seems like they will. Worth noting, that Perpignan had a short go at professionnal footy in the early 50's.
EDIT: almost a shame, as the football club logo is freaking great ! (and miles better than the Dragon's one)
Posted by Gambass on 04 February 2015 - 10:44 PM
Posted by Gambass on 12 October 2014 - 10:13 PM
Good point, England in a WC final in Paris would see 20,000-25,000 English fans alone going over. Without England in the final I think you could still see 10k+ from the UK to boost the crowd. 60-70k at the Stade De France would be huge for our game.
Posted by Gambass on 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.
Posted by Gambass on 14 June 2014 - 12:23 PM
The USA qualified for the last world cup by playing in the USA against SA and Jamaica using mostly home grown players from their domestic league, which has grown since then. They can do it again. Once they qualified they did indeed pick a team of ex pat Americans and ditched some of their domestic players who helped them qualify but I think the team that did play all had as bona fide American connections or American passports.
Italy also qualified by playing in Italy and barely defeated a Lebanon side to qualify on points difference I think. As with the USA the Italian League is growing. The use of heritage players to get a good performance at the WC was great publicity for the game in each country which must have enhanced the knowledge and interest in the game.
Posted by Gambass on 06 June 2014 - 09:08 AM
Posted by Gambass on 04 June 2014 - 08:36 AM
Here is a question - how come if the pacific island teams can make a stab of it competing in the second tier of Australian Rugby league, then the French teams (I am thinking Toulouse) can't do it in the second tier of British Rugby League? Am I missing out on some huge funding to the pacific island teams?
Posted by Gambass on 23 May 2014 - 09:56 AM
The debate about top down v bottom up will continue but the successes of top down are nil. The successes of bottom up are here but miniscule. The CC1 clubs are here, they exist. Broncos may not ( but I hope I am wrong) soon. Fantasy may be in the eye of the beholder.
Posted by Gambass on 27 April 2014 - 02:28 PM
I'm not. Toulouse, then Avignon-Vaucluse, then Aude may be later playing in a fully professional European League structure is the way forward. If you ever got to that stage and beyond go to integrated conferences. France's future is playing against the best Britain can offer.
Posted by Gambass on 24 April 2014 - 02:49 PM
Hopefully something good will come from it! Toulouse are ready for the pro step up and probably Avignon as well, but I can't see them in SL anytime soon. There needs to be a 'backup', if you like, should Catalans ever find themselves in danger of relegation.
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