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  1. BenGilesRL

    New York RL - The Full 80 Minutes

    What's any of this got to do with New York? People always talk as if growing the game in the heartlands or abroad are separate entities and detract from each other. In fact the opposite is true. We can do both - especially if they are willing and able to finance themselves elsewhere which they have been so far. Therefore, aiding this enhances the brand of our leagues, as Toronto have shown with the boom of attendances and exposure when they visited existing clubs in all the leagues they've played in. Meanwhile, growth in the heartlands enhances the strength of the competition we can attract more new exciting clubs to. They are mutually beneficial and feed off one another.
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    Championship run-in : irony alert

    Wow - anti-London or what. You didn't even give them a banker v Barrow, just said they need to win all three, and then said they would lose to both Fax and Fev. Whether you're correct or not is irrelevant as it hasn't happened yet - however you paint a bleak picture for them which is remarkable considering they just drew away to second placed Toulouse. That shows form.
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    Denver Test - Ticket Sales

    Definitely won't be that
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    Denver Test - Ticket Sales

    As we know, players tend to get spun stories of "we expect" to entice them playing so take this tweet two days ago with a pinch of salt: "Sam Burgess just said on Channel 9 that the @England_RL v @NZRL_Kiwis test match next week in Denver is set to attract 45,000 fans" This sounds like what he's been told than based on facts
  5. BenGilesRL

    Denver Test - Ticket Sales

    Grand for the England brand if we smash them. This audience won't know any different or have any context. And neither will a lot of the BBC viewers unless they're told - which they will be
  6. BenGilesRL

    Denver Test - Ticket Sales

    Ok so it appears they're selling around 114 tickets a day by that and the previous totals (rough estimating I know) So By that estimation there would be 13,388 there - if that was projected exactly up to game day.
  7. BenGilesRL

    Denver Test - Ticket Sales

    I agree, especially a prime time Saturday night viewing time. What we need is for them to get on and sell some bloody tickets, through more resourceful means than facebook and twitter posts.
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    Denver Test - Ticket Sales

    Or robots on sky The best thing about the game is generally recognised as the product on the field, and our broadcasters seem determined to hide it
  9. BenGilesRL

    Paul Rowley - Kieron Purtill beef

    Is it strange I've always found the 'Oh Leigh' song as if it's sung in disappointment? As for Toronto, they haven't got any songs. I'll get my coat. (wink wink)
  10. BenGilesRL

    Denver Test - Ticket Sales

    One month to go... Clear seats bought or unavailable
  11. BenGilesRL

    Magic Weekend Crowd

    I don't think it matters where it is if they're not going to change the way it's marketed. if they're struggling for money for marketing then use the fact that cities are prepared to pay to host it by saying, no we don't want your money but we want it in writing you will use it to market the event to the local public - and full accountability for whether that is successful or not. They could combine that with allowing clubs to keep revenue for ticket sales encouraging them t play their part in more innovative ways as well - or get a united front from the clubs as to a marketing strategy they all buy into.
  12. Super League have posted a tweet saying: With just East Stand tickets left for Weekend & Saturday tickets @daciauk #MagicWeekend don't miss out! So does that mean East Stand tickets are sold out except for Weekend tickets? I doubt it, but that's how it sounds... Full details 1 reply . 11 retweets 15 likes Reply 1 Retweet 11 Like 15 Direct message
  13. BenGilesRL

    Denver Test - Ticket Sales

    Quite admirably (and expectedly) there's been a lot of sticking up for tha match in response to my comment, and I'm glad about that. I guess people read into the bust comment that it meant never do it again. I didn't really mean that - just that with only a few months lead in, and no real marketing I have seen thus far, it seems a bit of a back of the fag packet idea that he was able to get this stadium on board with - a triumph in itself. So hopefully it surprises me, but also hope it doesn't do more damage than good in the full year's lead up to the following event
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    Denver Test - Ticket Sales

    The guys either knows how to market events or he doesn't - it's not a case of allowing him time for experimentation - if he's good enough to do the world cup, then he's good enough to do this event. If he's not, then he's not. Putting an American event in Australia is very different to putting a rarely known event in America - and given that was his only credential this looks like a bad move. We'll be lucky to get 15k at this rate, and in that venue spread all around it's going to look and feel bad. Hate to be pessimistic as I want more than anyone for this to go boom, but at the moment it's looking more like bust