The clubs received no payment for being shown and with it being on a minority subscription channel they wouldn't have increased their sponsorship much. Add this to the fact that clubs biggest games were moved to a Thursday night will mean as a fan of a championship club I won't be losing too much sleep over this. In fact I think this is great for the clubs at this level.
Posted by a.n Other
on 07 December 2013 - 09:56 AM
Apparently KPMG and their champions are saying that the 2x12=3x8 is a vibrant re-structure in which fans will respond in their thousands to the fantastically close fixtures in the cliffhanging late season tussle to gain entry to the following seasons Elite Super League that you are saying Bradford should avoid competing in???
First things first and it looks like Wakefield's recruitment drive, and Bulls invitation for their better players to all leave may put Bradford and London favourites for the drop. Bulls and London face a full superleague next year and on skeleton squads they'd face what Halifax got in 2003.
On a meagre playing budget Halifax won the first game against London then lost the rest - 27 consecutive defeats with 10 of them over 50 points. The opening crowds averaged c.4,000 the closing crowds averaged c.2,000 fans. What Bradford face is the halving of crowds and the loss of the majority of the £1.2M SKY money. Halifax on relegation finished second bottom of the championship one place off relegation to the third tier, which could have caused further devastation. They have been treading water waiting for that rich man for 13 years. It's not as simple as popping down a division whilst something turns up.
There'll be no "growing the club from a sound base" there's nothing sound about being a player nursery for Huddersfield Giants, or leaking fans in the direction of their rival club. Same for Wakefield. This goes further than one clubs struggles as you intimate. Half of Superleague were in big big trouble as close up north reported (accurately as it now seems) a year ago. Only Salford have been rescued.
Halifax have consistently been in the top 5 of the 2nd tier apart from that first season. They are stronger now than In many a year having won the league and the cup in the past few years. The sponsorship on the shirts this year is at record levels this year. That isn't treading water. Yes the crowds haven't increased and intact dipped lady year but this is down to playing at the level we have been for years without the chance of promotion for what happens on the pitch.
If so, keeping licensing is he only way to go.
However, if they want a rubbish standard league heading towards financial extinction, feeding a 3rd-rate England team, then by all means bring back P&R, so you can placate a few small-minded fools from insignificant little Northern towns.
Hopefully sense prevails in this debate, though my confidence in the RFL hierarchy isn't great.
Some of these "insignificant little northern towns" are the reason you have a game to talk about. You should show them
SL clubs will get less, the claim earlier was they will get more.
Around the same isn't the same. Where are the SL clubs going to magic up a sudden extra £100,000 to balance the books. We are already seeing a big drain of players to other competitions and theyonly way to easily and quickly cut costs to save £100,000 is to slash players contracts and that old favourite when times are tough you cut marketing.
The only way forward is for clubs at all levels to grow their businesses, attempting to cross subsidies is never going to work, it makes for lazy clubs.
Strong teams in the SL should be able to absorb £100k reduction in funding shouldnt they? If not they should not be so "lazy" and do something about it.
You are saying things should be decided on the field. And yes perhaps long ago they were, but not any longer. You seem to be implying that RL should act as if it is the 1890's or something. The fact is, CEOs have a huge bearing on a sports clubs success yet you are sneering about them.
I am in no way sneering at them, a good one is worth their weight in gold.
Spot on. None of the CC teams are worth having in the top flight. They are small-town 'park football' teams. It would be like the NRL saying the winner of group 9 Country RL can be promoted to the NRL the following season because they won the grand final.
Do you know anything about these towns and cities in the Championship?
A quick question for hopefully someone with more information: does the P&R option have minimum criteria for promotion to the top level or is it just straight P&R regardless of whether it's a fully pro setup or a council field with man+dog capacity?
"Whatever the new competition structure looks like, clubs will still have to meet minimum standards in key areas in line with commercial and broadcast agreements, although greater emphasis will be placed on playing performance. "