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  1. scotchy1

    War of the Roses coming back?

    What would the link with 9s be in the name T20? Also this is an RFL rather than SL thing so i would be surprised to see it as a 9s comp.
  2. This is probably the best post I've ever seen on this forum. Brilliant satire.
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    War of the Roses coming back?

    I really don't think it is the return of the war of the roses. Not at top level anyway. There is really no time for it, the fans don't really want it, its pretty inward looking and they would clearly have other ideas before it. I hope not anyway.
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    ‘Sky Sports Rugby’

    But they are generally at different times. 15 games is what 30hours which is less than a test match, or golf event. And Super Rugby and NRL don't drive an awful lot of viewers and arent on at great times.
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    ‘Sky Sports Rugby’

    I think if they did go down this route, for those clashes you would see it go on the red button. I think they didnt go down this route because there isnt really enough content. They have only got the NRL this year and figures arent amazing for it, figures for SL arent world beating and there isnt much RU outside of Super Rugby where figures are low similar to NRL. I can only really imagine them doing this if they have a expectation that there will be a significant change in SL's offering or they are expecting to be bringing in a lot of European RU.
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    ‘Sky Sports Rugby’

    They generally use Mix if there is a clash to avoid that but i think there is plenty of space, especially as Sky doesnt have a huge amount of RU.
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    Elstone speaks!

    Im not sure its inconsistency either really. Its the same issue that threads throughout the game in that many different clubs are in many different positions. Some clubs in SL are probably very keen to go quality over quantity. No doubt Wigan and leeds et al think they can sell fewer games to more people and take advantage of things like broadcast/sponsorship/streaming etc. The secondary and tertiary income streams. Other clubs like Wakefield or Salford might be looking at that model and seeing certain death. They cant bring in those income streams the big clubs do so fewer games simply means less money to them. Similarly in the lower leagues clubs like Bradford or Widnes will look to Toronto and Toulouse as a chance to make a bit more money from the increase in visibility clubs like Barrow might just see the travel costs, part-time players needing time off and no away fans and see a threat. Its a problem because the game doesnt really know where it should be with some clubs who are multi-million pound professional sports clubs playing in front of tens of thousands, some who are barely surviving at that level, some who aim to get to barely surviving at that level, some who will never get to barely surviving at that level and some that don't even dream of it.
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    Elstone speaks!

    Im not sure there is an inherent contradiction in there. It can be true that the season is too long, players play too many games AND clubs think they can't afford to play fewer.
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    ‘Sky Sports Rugby’

    If this were to happen, it would be great for RL and would be a really visible change in how we are broadcast. it would require content and give a space and opportunity for RL to be really innovative and ambitious in what we sell as content and how we sell it. Sky love to have a hook for sporting events and it would be up to us to create them to bring people to the channel. It would also be the time for us to be ambitious with things like 9s and an expanded WCC (and none-england internationals) because even though Sky will fill air-time with ancillary programming and repeats they will also want flashy new competitions and the glitz and glamour to build that around. It makes Les Catalans, Toulouse and Toronto more valuable to SL as well and it gives something for us to sell elsewhere. A package that new countries can just pick up without the issues Toronto have seen.
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    Oledzki Signs 4 Year Deal

    I'm not saying he is a similar player to Graham, but I'm not sure I've seen a better front row prospect come through in SL since him. I'm confident he will make international level and be a far better player than Garbutt who whilst he munched metres couldn't do big minutes and was sometimes a bit lazy.
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    Oledzki Signs 4 Year Deal

    Fantastic prospect for Leeds, really pleased to get him signed up. Best front row prospect since maybe Graham imo
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    Elstone speaks!

    I once spoke to the CEO of a very large corporation who said of his role that he doesn't make anything, doesn't sell anything, doesn't fix anything, his role was only to create an environment where those who did make things or sell things or fix things could do so in the best possible way. That is Elstones role here, to create an environment where the clubs can fulfill the potential of SL.
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    Elstone speaks!

    Obviously so. I don't think there is anybody on these forums who has for a second doubted the importance of getting more playing. There is a question of how much that comes under his specific remit though. If the money, power and responsibility for this hasn't been given to him it's a bit silly to hold him responsible for it.
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    Elstone speaks!

    Yeah but there is a vision there by definition visions are pretty vague. Ideas take time to put in to practice. Why announce them before you have all your ducks in a row?
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    Elstone speaks!

    I'm not trying to defend Elstone really because as I've said the proof will be in the pudding but people have long complained that the game markets itself terribly, now we get complaints that Elstone has spoken too much about marketing, people complained about the 8s, now they complain about loop fixtures of which the 8s (from an SL point of view) were anyway, we have people complaining about the chief exec of SL is only talking about SL and not other parts of the game that aren't part of his remit. I'm honestly not sure what people expected him to achieve by mid December from a standing start in September