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Two, maybe 3, North America rugby league sides.

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New York City Rugby League formally applies to the league structure

http://www.totalrl.com/everything-know-far-new-york-franchise/

The application seems to be geared to the Championship for 2019, then with a view to Super League within 2yrs!

A separate consortium from the Perez led Canadian one below.

Only hope that the future implications for all clubs and particularly those part-time ones are fully considered.

 

 

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/41544831

Rugby League seems to be heading for a major change in less than 2yrs.  Speculation is that the current leagues will be facing an overhaul anyway at the end of 2018. Perhaps this emerging news was the catalyst for the recent club meetings - one Super League, one Championship/League1 ?   Mr Perez is certainly setting the agenda.  Keep your passports up-to-date and holiday plans in abeyance!

 

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The man behind the Toronto Wolfpack is set to launch bids for two more North America rugby league sides.

Eric Perez is in advanced talks with two professional sports clubs, believed to be in Hamilton and Boston, and will begin negotiations with the Rugby Football League in the next few days.

And he's hoping that both clubs can be launched by 2019 and 2020.

"I'm hoping that within the next six months we can make a formal announcement," Perez told BBC Sport.

 

"We are looking to make Super League the most commercially viable competition, apart from the Premiership, that plays in the northern hemisphere.

"To do that you need to have more North American markets, at least five or six clubs in the next 10 years.

And he says the new clubs would be happy to come into the Rugby League structure at whatever level the game chose.

 

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Yet another opportunity for over the hill Australian players to extend their careers and milk some more money from the sport. Super League will be the only possible winners from this but if these new clubs enter at the lowest level it will be the death of the home based clubs due to the lack of traveling fans and no gate money as a result. In addition where will the additional travel costs come from and how will part time players be recompensed for loss of earnings when having to take time off work to travel abroad. ? Thought please. 

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I really worry about this international thing.Small clubs rely to a certain degree on away fans coming to the game because of the money they spend. The rise of these foreign clubs coming it our game would impact on that and revenue would go down.Can't see too many Yanks or Canadians coming over here to cheer their clubs on.

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10 hours ago, Big Doug said:

Yet another opportunity for over the hill Australian players to extend their careers and milk some more money from the sport. Super League will be the only possible winners from this but if these new clubs enter at the lowest level it will be the death of the home based clubs due to the lack of traveling fans and no gate money as a result. In addition where will the additional travel costs come from and how will part time players be recompensed for loss of earnings when having to take time off work to travel abroad. ? Thought please. 

I agree Doug. It's just not sustainable at our level. 

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Its going to be hard for them to go from L1 to SLToulouse didn't make it and Catalans nearly came down.The money is in SL how long can they afford to stay in the Championship? Catalans said they were going to pull out if they lost the £1,000,000.game.

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Until the RFL reveal or even know what their plan/vision is for the game as a whole one interesting and pertinent background /comment from the main forum:

And below another possible chapter in the North American saga:

 

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The RL IF have jumped into bed with this Jason Moore character for the RLWC2025. Hope they haven't been sold a bill of goods. This guy makes Perez look like a traditionalist.

http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/rugby-league-world-cup/world-cup-promoter-tips-american-teams-playing-in-england-to-be-a-passing-fad-20171009-gyxezn.html

Apparently he's looking at 32 cities for teams:

  • "Moore is assembling a pan-North American competition for 2019 or 2020"
  • "once we have a fully-professional, US-Canada elite league up and running, I'd expect that trans-Atlantic competition to stop"
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Forget the Perez worship, his job was to resurrect a Canadian Rugby League to support a National side. That is his background. He’s now largely abandoned that for top down growth, as Argyle (Aussie billionaire) has come in with big money. Argyle is the man. Perez is just the messenger. The current pronouncement of the top down growth policy aim to have new North American clubs one each in 2019 and 2020 with the number continuing to rise beyond that ties in with the Rugby League World Cup in 2025, which was awarded to the USA & Canada jointly. By then they plan to be nearing a transatlantic Superleague, which is the half-half (North American-European) club model that has been often referred to on here as the great solution.

The 2025 World cup, is the lever for Perez, spokesperson for North American RL to push hard for Superleague places. He will argue, “How can the International RL board invite USA/Canada to host the World Cup, presumably being held in North America as THE major catalyst for the game to take off in North America if the Brits then won’t allow investors like Mr. Argyle entry to SL to build the clubs to develop the game so the host nations can actually compete”.

It’s a strongish argument. On being asked about Toronto, Lenegan for Superleague dismissed them on the “No away fans” crack. Note that Perez states he’s going to talk to Nigel Wood about the new entrants. Wood however when asked recently about “the chatter of a possible New York franchise” blanked this, waffling on instead about how the real key to success was Toronto unlocking the “broadcast market” in North America. Not that one championship club can do this alone. Peres heard this loud and clear and is now testing Wood to find out if Toronto will be isolated, and if Superleague is closed to him and Argyle.

No matter how many times it is ignored, North America has no real player development system. The Transatlantic league won’t happen as it will kill Rugby League here (which is why Wood and Lenegan are now cold on Toronto), and then there won’t be the players to send across the Atlantic anymore. But hey ho, it’s good to dream, but the fact remains that Perez and Argyle must grow their own game, and not try to do that by stealing half the European one.

 

 

 

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That says it all then,does it not? It`s clear GHQ are only interested in money teams,the structure of the game (juniors) where these nonsense teams are coming from matters not. Yes,used by date Aussies will be certainly filling the ranks,Paul Gallen has already said he could be off to New York after he retires at the end of next season and there`ll be plenty more queueing up to join him. Loyalty means nowt these days,the founding members of our great game will be turning in their graves at how money and so called expansionism only caters for the well off few. 

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