thirteenthman

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  1. thirteenthman

    Grand Final Bus Ads

    It did have the right date on. It's very sad, but that was the first thing I looked at!!!
  2. thirteenthman

    Grand Final Bus Ads

    The RFL usually advertise the Internationals to some degree, so nothing unusual there. The Warrington Saints ad surprised me as Warrington haven't gone out of their way to market specific games for a while.
  3. thirteenthman

    Grand Final Bus Ads

    Oddly enough, in the last couple of days I've seen bus ads for the Anfield test match and a bus shelter ad for the the Wires Saints match on Saturday.
  4. thirteenthman

    New league structure revealed

    Stick with something for the foreseeable future? This is Rugby League. The sport with all the vision and foresight of Mr Magoo. I wouldn't put much money on it.
  5. thirteenthman

    Denver test is dead

    According to today's League Weekly, the backers of the proposed New York team are ready to underwrite the 2025 RLWC to make sure it goes ahead. No other details given, so like a few of the articles in that paper, a bit vague.
  6. thirteenthman

    David Argyle to relocate Skolars to USA

    Not much, apart from it's "in doubt". Apparently no-ones discussed it yet. Probably depends on who wins the NRL GF, but it is only September, so plenty of time to arrange it.... Back on the Toronto/Skolars thing, the actual article is full of coulds, understandings, maybes and an "it is believed". The only thing that the article appears certain about is Argyle's 25% stake in the Skolars - the rest appears to be speculation.
  7. thirteenthman

    Denver test is dead

    They have offices in Sydney, New York and Hong Kong. A US company was assumedly set up specifically for the US operations. Several articles have referred to issues with a US entity and US tax laws. Moore Sports set up a separate company called Moore Snow Sports which was to have run a snowboarding event in Sydney. It was this that went into liquidation in July. LinkedIn shows that Moore Sports head of Commercial Operations left the business around the same time.
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    Denver test is dead

    Sorry, I worded my post badly. I know the plan was to stage more games, but to go from a standing start of just one game in 2018 in a country with next to no knowledge of RL, to hosting a full multi venue RLWC just 7 years later, regardless of how many matches you play in between is (or was) audacious, to put it mildly. As for the plan to stage "multiple games" between now and 2025, well as far as we know there were 3 planned - one each in 2018/19/20. The original plan was for a domestic league as well, but that fell by the wayside too. Can you really build up the profile of a sport in just 7 years to such an extent that you can confidently stage the sports biggest global event there? I just find it hard to believe that a company claiming to have the finances to stage multiple games over 7 years followed by a full blown World Cup could run into financial difficulties just because the first match didn't go according to plan.
  9. thirteenthman

    Denver test is dead

    And if certain financial guarantees were given they should be met. I wouldn't argue with you. If it does hinder development, all the more reason to make sure it doesn't happen again.
  10. thirteenthman

    Denver test is dead

    Of the small number of RL fans in the US who would even have been aware of the whole saga, those following it on Twitter would also then know the game was confirmed and played. Most of the Americans at that game were doubtless blissfully unaware of what had gone on.
  11. thirteenthman

    Denver test is dead

    As the RLWC is the RLIF's only money generator, it's one hell of a gamble to take.
  12. thirteenthman

    Denver test is dead

    Danny Lockwood in the League Weekly blames it all on the Aussies as well. And I don't understand his logic either. The Denver test went ahead. OK, maybe confirmation came later than was expected, but it went ahead. Staging a RL match in Denver was always going to be a risk, but maybe Moore Sports financial guarantees were unrealistic. There initial hopes crowd wise certainly were. And the argument I've read elsewhere on these forums that Americans who were largely unaware of RL's existence were put off attending because of newspaper reports in Sydney, is frankly ridiculous. Bearing in mind we haven't got official confirmation yet, if Moore Sports are unable to stage the RLWC, it will surely be due to their own financial mismanagement. It was always going to be a huge leap from staging one game in Denver in 2018 to staging a full blown RLWC just 7 years later.
  13. thirteenthman

    Denver test is dead

    There's a report on the Sydney Morning Herald website suggesting the Kiwis will be playing Tonga mid season next year and, not entirely surprising, the proposed NRL games in the US are off as well.
  14. thirteenthman

    Denver test is dead

    That website is down at present and showing a parked domain for GoDaddy. Danny Lockwood states in this mornings League Weekly that he has emailed Jason Moore (he apparently interviewed him a few years back) but is still waiting for a response.
  15. thirteenthman

    Denver test is dead

    I'd agree with your general points on the hyperbole some (or most) of the Aussie journalists attach to RL related stories. Some of the stuff they write is utter rubbish. However, according to Martyn Sadler on this week's Backchat, it's very difficult getting Rimmer or anyone at the RFL for a quote on anything at the moment. And if Moore Sports do still owe money, it's likely they'd make themselves as difficult to contact as possible.