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GeordieSaint

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Just noticed that James Mercer is due to leave the RFL after a couple of years:

 

http://www.superleaguefans.com/rugby-league/2014/03/21/rfl-statement-james-mercer-to-leave-governing-body.html

 

However, it got me thinking about Red Hall and its location. What's the crack with the lease etc? I am sure I read it is not owned by the RFL... could it be argued that the RFL should be looking to move close to the BBC in Salford, ideally MediaCity in order to develop closer links with the organisation and the media? I think it was Hector McNeil who suggested some sort of RFL Governing presence in the capital would hugely benefit the organisation and its links with the wider UK business located outside the game's heartlands.

 

Considering the press release mentions the RFL are looking to take advantage of the new league structures (!), wondered if people agree...

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Maybe they could move to Swinton after Koukash has redeveloped it!

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Just noticed that James Mercer is due to leave the RFL after a couple of years:

 

http://www.superleaguefans.com/rugby-league/2014/03/21/rfl-statement-james-mercer-to-leave-governing-body.html

 

However, it got me thinking about Red Hall and its location. What's the crack with the lease etc? I am sure I read it is not owned by the RFL... could it be argued that the RFL should be looking to move close to the BBC in Salford, ideally MediaCity in order to develop closer links with the organisation and the media? I think it was Hector McNeil who suggested some sort of RFL Governing presence in the capital would hugely benefit the organisation and its links with the wider UK business located outside the game's heartlands.

 

Considering the press release mentions the RFL are looking to take advantage of the new league structures (!), wondered if people agree...

The RFL used to have an office in London.  The RFU is now using it.

 

Moving to Media City would be a very good idea but I doubt that will happen.  I would imagine the costs would be higher to house the 100 or so workers doing something or other at Red Hall.

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The RFL do still have the office in Media City that was used by the World Cup team.

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The RFL do own Red Hall, they rented it for a while but purchased it outright from Leeds City Council a couple of years ago.

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The RFL do still have the office in Media City that was used by the World Cup team.

 

The RFL do own Red Hall, they rented it for a while but purchased it outright from Leeds City Council a couple of years ago.

 

Cheers - both interesting! Is the Media City specifically for the RFL as seems strange to have two locations in the north of England?!

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They do still have a presence at Media City.

In terms of London, *if* developing the sport down there is still seen as a priority, there needs to be a central base of operations for Rugby League at all levels. I still think a trick was missed not acquiring the lease for the New River site when it was available.

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The RFL used to have an office in London. The RFU is now using it.

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Presumably they hoped they'd leave some development plans and players phone numbers in the drawers.

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They do still have a presence at Media City.

In terms of London, *if* developing the sport down there is still seen as a priority, there needs to be a central base of operations for Rugby League at all levels.

There is, in the Football Foundation HQ in central.

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There is, in the Football Foundation HQ in central.

You've misunderstood the point I was making, Davey Boy. Not like you ;)

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Cheers - both interesting! Is the Media City specifically for the RFL as seems strange to have two locations in the north of England?!

 

I think its only a relatively small office, more to be used as a base there than any substantial presence. But at least there is a presence there and allows us to get in the ears of BBC sport as much as we can.

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