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  1. Problem is, you have a select group saying “we need a strategic plan” and “a vision.” Then you get someone of the calibre of Richard Lewis who makes plenty of tough calls and then gets poached by Tennis. You replace him and revert all his changes. Now the truth is the calibre of leaders at the RFL and SL clubs is very low. What they need to do (like any major business) is bring in consultants to create a roadmap. Some won’t like the outcome, but if it’s a roadmap to revenue, sustainability, and a larger fanbase, then that’s just the way it is. Plus, investors are more likely to come on board with a strategic plan devised by Bain or BCG.
  2. What about in the NRL, where the NZ tv contract is worth circa $20M but the Warriors only get the same amount as the other nrl teams, roughly 10-12M.
  3. Clubs that are unable to fulfil their fixtures due to players breaching protocols should be relegated too. Can’t wait for a 5 team super league next year!
  4. I get that they only gave 13 days notice that they were withdrawing, but would it have been better if they started the season and then pulled out after a game or two? The NZ Warriors were nearly at breaking point, despite receiving circa $10M from the NRL and having the government bend over backwards for them. The RFL and SL are hardly in a position to wield such influence or have the financial resources to replicate. Covid isn’t easy.
  5. Would love to see a comparison with Rugby Union regarding # of club name changes/cessation through the years.
  6. People are reluctant to mention David Hughes and his continued investment in the academy team. Link that with your amateur teams in a coherent strategy and away you go.
  7. Yeah that would be James Milner, from the failed JM Sports UK. Took money from fans without manufacturing merchandise, did the dirty on a few minnow nations/teams , his store in Hull went belly up, absolute c*** of a bloke. Scored a job with BSK I think before landing a gig with Broncos. He has mouthed off on forums plenty of times. I’m surprised Broncos hired him.
  8. I believe they are getting ready to relaunch the season and order the new kit.
  9. Just a side thought... should the RFL have to ensure o/s teams secure support from the governing body of France/Canada before accepting such a team? If that were the case then the CRL/FFRxiii could mandate a minimum of home players before providing such endorsement. Surely there should be such a process in hindsight. And how differently the wolfpack (and catalans) could have been!
  10. Yes the thing often forgotten... Northern, insular fans say “get your own tv deal,” but thanks to the current deal that’s not allowed.
  11. I can only compare to Australia, but I would suggest you need circa 100k live viewers per match to warrant a broadcaster spending money to cover a few matches per week. It’s not just the cost in obtaining the rights, it’s the expense of actually filming. How many would watch fev v bradford? if you’re only getting 10k live viewers, you’re better off doing a semi-pro job with 2 cameras and broadcast on youtube and make money through advertising. It should only cost a couple k per match. More value for sponsors too.
  12. An aspiring League 1 team wanted to purchase the club, operate out of Skolars but play a few games back in their home country. The figure wasn’t huge, but was approx £100k. Too much for the aspiring team.
  13. Heard they wanted to much $$ to handover the club. Now they’ve stepped down with nothing anyways....
  14. Stop hijacking another thread about crowds of london broncos. That’s not the point! And crowd size doesn’t equate to junior development into professional players!
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