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  1. dhw

    Wigan Stand by Zak

    That depends on how important they are. Strong performers will always be treated differently to others. Any organisation that dismisses somebody for testing positive for illicit drugs is not a great company and deserves contempt, the exception to that is if that act had put others safety at risk. Wigan should be commended for this, as for the other two clubs he has played for ........
  2. dhw

    Lions tour 2019

    Nostalgia viewed through perfumed rose tinted glasses
  3. dhw

    85000 at Wembley

    I do not find it odd, I find it dismissive and judgemental with little logic or reason. The idea that people go along simply because NFL events because American Football gets mentioned in the odd high profile Hollywood film or TV show is ridiculous given the engagement from the people that attend. Marketing only goes so far, there has to be genuine interest for people to attend in such numbers so regularly. The original post made the comparison with London Broncos, if they engaged with their supporter base half as well as the NFL do they would have retained many of the fans that have drifted away as well as attracting many new supporters. They have a number of advantages over the NFL but have failed to take advantage of them.
  4. dhw

    85000 at Wembley

    I think that is being hugely unfair on the work NFL has done. They have worked hard at this and had many setbacks, they do put a lot of effort into engaging their supporter base. NFL has much media coverage than RL does in the UK.
  5. dhw

    85000 at Wembley

    I do not think it is a fair comparison. For a long time, there has been an interest in the NFL, the London NFL games have become regular and popular fixtures.
  6. dhw

    London in Superleague

    It is the best thing to happen to SL since their absence, though I can see the inevitable crowd watch going into overdrive.
  7. dhw

    London in Superleague

    I do not believe that is the case, Leeds/Wigan/St. Helens it would be easy but for London Broncos it is not. There are a lot RL fans from the traditional areas but most have little love for London Broncos, it is much easier to sell to RL fans in South East England that have no emotional attachment to other English SL clubs. If people flock to London Broncos games next season they might be pushed into playing some matches at other grounds.
  8. It will have a relevance as to where the museum is. A museum in Wigan would have definitely had some examples but a lot less likely in the museum was in the West Midlands or Bristol. It could be argued that the football players had a much bigger impact on attitudes.
  9. Though he did say some things that are better left unspoken
  10. dhw

    Is RL fading away in Lancashire?

    Football expanded before it was dominant. What was the end result? The NRL expanded before it was dominant, what was the end result of that? I gave you two spectacular examples, neither of which you seem to have understood even at a superficial level. Yes, you posted earlier on this with a piece of logic that is doomed to stagnation at best, but relatively speaking will result in failure.
  11. dhw

    Is RL fading away in Lancashire?

    It is hardly sound business acumen. Using that approach Amazon would still only be selling books and not storing a single book, AliBaba would have faded away pretty quickly. Both corporations are global brands and are consistently in the top 10 corporations in terms of market capitalisation. Both of these companies core strength were not hi-tech, that is not the case now.
  12. dhw

    Is RL fading away in Lancashire?

    Last few times I have been "the right side" of the Pennines, people were bemoaning there were hardly any fish and chip shops in the biggest city there, at the same time criticising all the foreign food eateries there whilst dining out on McDonald's grub. It was a a very different story on "the wrong side" of the Pennines.
  13. dhw

    Attendance Obsessives....

    You yourself have chosen exceptional examples, what it does show is the test cricket gets good attendances. Test matches in England and Wales regularly are well attended and popular. What would be the likely attendance of a Pakistan vs India test match in Lahore?
  14. If there was not any morality in politics you would not have any civil liberties. So you think tours by sporting teams to RSA during the murderous totalitarian racist apartheid is a bad thing, but trying to prevent athletes from attending Olympics head by and organised by the second most large-sccale murderous totalitarian system in modern history that committed countless racist acts is also a bad thing? Not much of a contradiction there. Just about every sport has a very low moral compass, and I cannot think of one exception to that.
  15. dhw

    Attendance Obsessives....

    Low attendances are not very often commented on by the non-RL media. It is supported and funded by two of the three biggest media platforms outside of social media. Most of the beating down comes from the RL media.