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  1. BBC are partners in Britbox that is built on the same infrastructure. IPlayer is GeoBlocked for a lot of content monetising that would be easy.
  2. As with Perpignan the location is a a significant attraction, though engaging the local(ish) community would gain a greater benefit. The other thing to take into account is there are plenty of ex-pat "noisy northerners" in and around London but most do not not turn up unless their team are playing London Broncos, why they do not turn up for other matches is for them to answer. There had been talk of needing to attract the NZ/Aus ex-pat/traveller community that also drew little benefit. There was a lot of hope when Junior RL in London grew at its fastest rate with free tickets available to parents of junior players. They even had periods of giving away tickets in one of the main London newspapers. You can debate how successful or not those tactics have been but there is no convincing case for them. Good engagement with the existing fanbase and local communities has been suboptimal, you could also argue the same for the matchday experience. Though crucially the club moving around so many times is one of the other big factors, though when they initially move they get a boost but have often not managed to build on it.
  3. As an event it is popular and a success but clearly pretty much static. Your statistic is misleading because you leave out the situation whereby the first and previous Newcastle event was almost identical and the current one will be a drop on that. You could make an argument for the initial event having a novelty factor which extracted people that possibly did not attend future events but the event was established in the location which should at least in part offset that. This weekend will most likely see a drop below the average for Newcastle
  4. They tried this with Sam Tomkins, that did not turn out to well. If Oledski had been in this such a position given recent events it would have backfired. Wilkin looks comfortable in front of the camera but on more than one occasion has shown himself in a badlight. Regan Grace looks uncomfortable when being interviewed and that is common with many players. You can get players to become active on social media but that opens up all sorts of problems.
  5. You cannot patent a name especially a generic one. You might be able to argue for it being a trademark but even that is debatable.
  6. Belongs West Slavic ethnicity and the broader Slavic ethnicity which has been subjected to a lot prejudice and discrimination to such an extent that some groups considered them sub-human. Race is a human construct and at times ill-defined or vague. The Polish in some quarters are considered a race but many would argue against that. It is as much racism as a racial slur on Polynesians.
  7. Polynesia is not a nationality or a country, but it i an ethnicity that has common strands of the culture in the Hawaiian Islands, Masdsgascar, New Zealand and the rest of the geographical region known as Polynesia. It i also an identity that as received a lot of discrimination in sport until relatively recently.
  8. It depends on your criteria for popularity. Participation can be measured in several ways, as can attendances, TV ratings are highly dependent on the channel or platform and what other programs are being broadcast at the same time. How many people attend dog racing because their main reason is they love to watch dogs run. Compare the latter track athletics and you will get a vastly different result.
  9. Absolutely, often such statements are vague and little more than marketing or something similar. It would be better to state "xxx is the ....... based on ". Often you will find a mix of statistical information which can be misleading. For instance absolute numbers of a given situation, then in the same press release or article will use a different type of statistical information. London Broncos in their last stint in SL if they increase their attendance by as little as 500 that is a 25% increase, that would have been less than 4% for Leeds Rhinos. It is clear that a percentage figure sounds far more impressive than actual numbers.
  10. Is that why SOO is popular, yet the same people will not want to watch the best players in the world in the most important competition to such a degree that they could not give tickets away for the final. It is incredibly paroquial much more so than it is in England and is based on dumb tribalism.
  11. ... but Australia does, it even produces international players for the second best resourced sporting body in Rugby League.
  12. The reality is very different in almost every sector of society. The available statistics completely contradict your viewpoint.
  13. 20k crowd for the Challenge Cup final is not far away (assuming Covid-19 infection rates remain stable)
  14. Accurate and honest journalists are rarely popular. Though the opposite is often true.
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