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Everything posted by JohnM

  1. It's not quantum thermodynamics. They should have looked at what Saints, Wigan, Catalans etc have been doing for quite a few years and copied them.
  2. "I see sport as been decided on the pitch" Exactly. That is why the grading structure is so important, as it lays down the criteria that must be met in order to ensure a winning team. The criteria are indeed "success factors". The ten habits of successful clubs" as it were.
  3. There are no " money-men" in rugby league. Above all, well-heeled current and potential owners need a burning ambition to see their chosen club to succeed, rather than hoping, trying, needing to make money. It is my opinion that Halifax's answer to Derek Beaumont would not let any apparent "closed shop" interpretation of the Re-imagining Rugby League project get in the way of realising his or her ambition.
  4. I think the appropriate word is "licencing" Franchising is based on a marketing concept which can be adopted by an organization as a strategy for business expansion. Where implemented, a franchisor licenses some or all of its know-how, procedures, intellectual property, use of its business model, brand, and rights to sell its branded products and services to a franchisee. In return, the franchisee pays certain fees and agrees to comply with certain obligations, typically set out in a franchise agreement. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franchising?wprov=sfla1
  5. Indoor sports are planned, though. Will soon overtake AIO because of location. I' m more interested in any potential for our sport given the sports interests of Lieweke and the interests of US people in the UK sporting landscape from Wrexham to Liverpool and more.....
  6. It won't have escaped people's attention that the country's largest indoor arena has had er...teething problems. ...but it'll be sorted. It's owned jointly by Man City, Harry Styles and the Oak View Group. The top man of the Oak View Group has many sports interests including Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, and Toronto FC.ell ihttps://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Leiweke Why not Toronto Wolfpack, or given his involvement with Manchester, why not Salford Red Devils?
  7. In franchising, a club would have to buy a franchise from the RFL and would have to operate according to the terms of that franchise. The look and feel of the club in all aspects, including ticket prices, would be set, monitored and imposed by the RFL. In return, the RFL would ensure that the club operated in market where the club could meet the targets it had imposed. The RFL would provide marketing material, opportunities, promotional activities and similar support. The franchise could be terminated, sold on, etc. In the case of poor performance, not meeting performance targets, the RFL would take the franchise back and sell it/close it. Think McDonalds, Kumon. Costa, Subway, Domino's, Burger King, Papa John's, Snap on Tools, Clarks. Licencing is much more loose in all respects. Perhaps IMG could bring in franchising as the next stage of the Reimagining Projects in 12 years.
  8. Sooner or later Saints are going to "come good" and I think this may well be that game, especially if HRK give Saints running-space around the PTB. After all Saints are top, even if only by the slimmest of margins.
  9. I'm away at present but when I return and get access to my various books on the topic, I might provide more detail. The definitive source on all these matters, though, is Padge, who I'm sure can cover the issues in accurate detail.
  10. Yes, you've imagined all that. Wigan didn't do anything other than do what any other club could have done: they ran the club in a more-or-less professional manner.
  11. The Nineties were a lost era for most rugby league fans outside Wiggin. I don't think that's correct. So we're all those big crowds at Wigan games home and away made up of mainly Wigan fans?
  12. https://news.sky.com/story/premier-league-clubs-agree-squad-spending-cap-in-principle-13125829
  13. It's worth considering that it is as a result of the efforts of the top clubs over the years to get more fans, viewers, sponsors etc that those clubs ARE the most successful on the field.
  14. It's not going to happen overnight. As I understand it, Reimagining Rugby League is a twelve year project. I fully expect it to evolve from what it is now, with annual review and if necessary, adjustments to keep the project advancing. Given the speed at which technology has developed in recent years, a lot will have changed in 12 years. Social media, TV/streaming of games, etc may be unrecognisable 2035 rrom todays stuff . I expect that at the end of the 12 years the whole sport will have progressed little by little, year on year, from today's sport, as clubs benefit from adopting the best practices imposed by the grading system...but it'll still be rugby league.
  15. I was there. No better feeling in the whole of sport.
  16. 17 years ago, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.. Still , it's something most clubs could be doing to even out the flow of fans into the stadium. Get them in early and the more they'll spend on pies and pints. Why not think about something for after the game to spread the flow of departing spectators? Many many MANY years ago at the Grand Prix at Silverstone, the put on Chris Barber and His Band at the end of the race to spread the departure of fans over an hour.
  17. In my view, it takes maybe three seasons for a coach to create a solid, reliable, performing team, rather than a one-season wonder. So yes, a work in progress, and patience is required.
  18. Your response is known as a false dichotomy, I'm afraid. I just think Hull FC could achieve some success.
  19. Ah! A forum favourite.
  20. Really want FC to win this but can't see it. Perhaps they need a former Wigan player as coach. That would go down well. Re ownership: Leigh have shown what can be done with an owner whose main business is static caravan decking. With the huge number of static caravans being manufactured in the Hull area, is there not an opportunity to get an owner from one of those businesses?
  21. Is it November 5th already? It will be "interesting" to read the responses to your question but I think getting a factual and non-partisan might be a challenge.
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