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RFL & SLE set to clash

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It's the big meet (RFL EGM) Wednesday to determine the future of the league format.

 

A "majority" of SL clubs are meeting today unhappy he RFL are pushing new structures the top clubs say they have not yet voted to accept.

 

Mr. Sadler who brings this inside news says "Most of the money generated by RL in this country is generated by Superleague" and adds that any fresh impetus has to come from the SL clubs themselves, in the wake of NRL/RU/EPL being driven by member clubs rather than governing body.

 

So it could be the future agenda is set to be hijacked today. By "Majority" I wonder whose not at the meeting and would guess London? and maybe any other club whose boss isn't prepared to put money into their clubs as SL moves on?? Conversely those non SL clubs who have rich owners may be hovering around?

 

Interesting times...

 

 

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I can't believe the SL clubs will vote for the new structure.

The top clubs may well not care too much, but could see the danger in ending up playing the same teams too many times. The likes of Cas/Wakey/Hull KR will be like turkeys voting for Christmas, replacing fixtures with Leeds/Wigan etc. with Leigh/Batley/Sheffield with the added bonus of relegation as a possibility. Oh, and probably a reduction in income too.

Interesting times indeed.

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Mr Wood, Mr Rimmer;

 

Your chickens are coming home to roost

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Mr Wood, Mr Rimmer;

 

Your chickens are coming home to roost

 

Nec, are you expecting fowl play?

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Nec, are you expecting fowl play?

 

Very good.  I expected a comment about Nigel eating the chickens (deep fried), but you did much better.

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Despite not existing any more in any meaningful sense will the London Broncos get a vote?

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The story gets a better run in League Weekly. Ian Lenaghan is leading the revolt. Claims that Wire, Hull, Hull KR, Huddersfield, Saints & London are all critical of the RFL Board. The approach is to put the SL clubs in control of the TV revenue, rather than the RFL.

Danny Lockwood quite rightly points out that virtually none of those running the SL clubs were around in 2000 and will remember how a similar approach by Lindsey, Caisley & Hetherington brought the game to its knees. It is only down to a fully independent RFL that looks after the whole game that the game got up off the floor and is able to put on this year's World Cup.

Am surprised that Lenaghan is trying to be so disruptive, he has come across well in the past. Clearly problems with the marketing of the game, but I can't see why the SL clubs as a collective can't get their act together and promote the SL comp in a better way themselves, rather than blame the RFL for their failings.

This could be a critical week.

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The story gets a better run in League Weekly. Ian Lenaghan is leading the revolt. Claims that Wire, Hull, Hull KR, Huddersfield, Saints & London are all critical of the RFL Board. The approach is to put the SL clubs in control of the TV revenue, rather than the RFL.

Danny Lockwood quite rightly points out that virtually none of those running the SL clubs were around in 2000 and will remember how a similar approach by Lindsey, Caisley & Hetherington brought the game to its knees. It is only down to a fully independent RFL that looks after the whole game that the game got up off the floor and is able to put on this year's World Cup.

Am surprised that Lenaghan is trying to be so disruptive, he has come across well in the past. Clearly problems with the marketing of the game, but I can't see why the SL clubs as a collective can't get their act together and promote the SL comp in a better way themselves, rather than blame the RFL for their failings.

This could be a critical week.

 

The difficulty is that the RFL has, to this outsider, been playing a very odd game of scaling back ambition and focusing only on things that benefit handful of Championship clubs.  The positives were either already there or had momentum beforehand - so CC1's expansion to Hemel, Oxford and Gloucester was in train a while back and is now being ignored by these baffling rushjob changes.

 

I really don't want to see the SL clubs stage a coup but with the current RFL Brains Trust it's not surprising to see it threatened.

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So 6 out of 14 clubs. I thought it'd be more

 

6 + Lenaghan?  So, half.

 

That'll be fun.

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It fits with League Express' agenda to flower up any potential disputes, the publication has been against restructure from the start. 

 

It reads to me like a bit of sabre rattling aimed at squeezing a few concessions from the RFL.

 

Time will tell.

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Oops. Didn't count Wigan. Still thought it'd be more than half

 

That's those who've broken cover before the meeting.

 

Expect epic willy waving come Wednesday.

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It fits with League Express' agenda to flower up any potential disputes, the publication has been against restructure from the start. 

 

It reads to me like a bit of sabre rattling aimed at squeezing a few concessions from the RFL.

 

Time will tell.

 the publication has been against restructure from the start. 

 

Quite right, too.  The proposed restructuring is in my view akin to rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic instead of trying to avoid the iceberg. 

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That's those who've broken cover before the meeting.

 

Expect epic willy waving come Wednesday.

 

Some willies are smaller and limper  than others...or so I am led to believe.   :laugh: :laugh:

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i would expect marwan koukash and steve o'connor to come down firmly with the clubs already mentioned, who would want to pump money into a club on the premise that they have a license only for the goal posts to be moved to satisfy a handful of championship clubs.

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It fits with League Express' agenda to flower up any potential disputes, the publication has been against restructure from the start. 

 

It reads to me like a bit of sabre rattling aimed at squeezing a few concessions from the RFL.

 

Time will tell.

 

Maybe, but it seems League Weekly have gone into far more detail on the story. What has their stance been - haven't read it in months?

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Maybe, but it seems League Weekly have gone into far more detail on the story. What has their stance been - haven't read it in months?

 

I haven't detected an agenda in League Weekly, they have just reported on the facts, rather than editorialised the issue.  That said, I don't get it every week.

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 the publication has been against restructure from the start. 

 

Quite right, too.  The proposed restructuring is in my view akin to rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic instead of trying to avoid the iceberg. 

 

In your opinion

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Danny Lockwood talks about Wednesday's meeting, saying the headline will be the "...two divisions of 12 teams with some form of straight promotion/relegation. I would counsel that it is the least important aspect. Going over the detail this past week, what underpins the Policy Review is a commitment to a one-sport future: of Super League accepting its responsibility to nurture and develop the entire sport below it...There is a powerful lobby, most recently voiced by Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell but shared by others, that Super League should go it alone, take the lion's share of the money and try to emulate Premier League football, or Premiership rugby union. (The fact that both of those hugely 'wealthy' sports are debt-ridden playthings of very rich men seem to escape our power-mongers)".

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I haven't detected an agenda in League Weekly, they have just reported on the facts, rather than editorialised the issue.  That said, I don't get it every week.

 

From what I've seen, the only editorialising I have seen on this issue in the LE is....in the editorial sections!

 

I'm sure there must have been a couple of editorials in LW at some point, too big an issue not to.

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From what I've seen, the only editorialising I have seen on this issue in the LE is....in the editorial sections!

 

I'm sure there must have been a couple of editorials in LW at some point, too big an issue not to.

 

The "reporting" in League Express has had an editorial feel to it throughout, IMHO of course.

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Maybe, but it seems League Weekly have gone into far more detail on the story. What has their stance been - haven't read it in months?

So, instead of 'private' meetings why don't these clubs make their point and vote accordingly on Wednesday. Stinks of greed and self interest yet again. Whole game inclusive? What a joke

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The "reporting" in League Express has had an editorial feel to it throughout, IMHO of course.

 

Can't say I've seen that myself. Agree to disagree and all that.

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