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BenGilesRL

Member Since 31 Oct 2013
Offline Last Active Feb 21 2015 07:26 PM
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In Topic: NRL opener to head to Wembley Stadium in 2016?

19 February 2015 - 08:40 AM

Don't get it. Why have a domestic league fixture from a different country given box seat when we have the best from the world game in an international match or a world club final? Seems like selling a jumbo hot dog in an posh restaurant - even though they have steak being cooked in the kitchen

In Topic: Sports England - Active People Survey

30 January 2015 - 09:55 AM

It's not about playing in a team -it's about enabling people a way to say they participate in rugby league as a sport as an individual.

Running and cycling have benefitted due to initiatives purely designed to get great numbers and to make those people feel a part of something.

Rugby league could set up open invite events and do the same. Whether the participants are split into teams or simply have skills sessions is irrelevant.

Similarly a way to promote rugby league fitness regimes (possibly with a ball involved) could simulate that of play - and therefore allow people in their living rooms or gyms to get the benefits without having to pay team subscriptions or travel and take hours out of their lifestyle.

Surveys would in turn get positive answers from people doing any of these things, who could say - yes I participate in rugby league, this boosting participant numbers and earning an increase in funding.

Unfortunately it's not about playing the game of rugby league at all, it's about playing the numbers game.

In Topic: Toulouse news

28 January 2015 - 07:02 AM

Not sure what you mean Ben, "thus increasing revenue" just like that??

Like the English semi pro league it's a perennial struggle.

The path Les Catalans took would seem the proven way to go.

That's fair I could have been more specific

What I mean is with a potential pathway to the top and a chance to test themselves against better sides, more of our semi pro league have turned pro and are seeing record season ticket sales and new sponsorship revenues - plus marquee signings that will have a knock on effect for raising club profile and in turn more sponsorship Etc.

If French clubs were given a pathway to the top as well this could have the same effect and allow investors with a dream to buy into it becoming a reality and doing something proactive to try to make it happen.

Becoming the biggest fish in a small pond is not as attractive as becoming the biggest fish in the biggest pond - or as ambitious - and that's what investors tend to be.

I think fans would see greater potential for their club as a big incentive to turn up in greater numbers too as we are seeing in the Championship.

Eventually it would be great to build a bigger pyramid across Europe in the long term - then there's an avenue for anyone with ambition to find a pathway through to the top flight of Europe

In Topic: Toulouse news

27 January 2015 - 11:40 PM

Surely there must be some way of involving the whole French league by incentivising making the last four in that competition with inclusion in the Championship Shield for starts and then as they get better in 5-6 years upgrading to inclusion in the super 8s if it still exists or whatever has replaced it?

Developing their own competition has to be the way to go - and thus increasing their revenue so they can catch up.

In Topic: The Allams flexing their muscles?

17 January 2015 - 10:43 AM

Print at home tickets are the answer - or having the barcode emailed to your phone.

Problem solved.

Oh and make sure you boycott the bars and block the toilets every game.

Why wouldn't you buy in advance? Its cheaper - and you get entry easily on the day. Also provides a more accurate insight for the club as to what the games attendance is likely to be.

Print at home is always easy - as is phone tickets which is the latest step.

Provided they make it easy to buy on the day this won't be an issue for those who haven't had a chance but have decided to go at the last minute.

As for drink prices - it was probably an inevitability and as long as it is consistent with other events its just life