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  1. The investment in match officials in the northern hemisphere is incredibly poor. Everyone loses from this -- including teams that win trophies.
  2. Yep. Have done the same thing with internationals over the years.
  3. This works better for fans overseas too. I can’t subscribe to Premier Sports here in Australia, I don’t think?
  4. Watching both Batley and Halifax last weekend left me feeling content if either was promoted. Recruitment is the trick. Use the SL grant and assemble both a solid squad AND an impressive coaching team. Lingard and Grix both seem very composed characters. Neither club would be a blight on SL.
  5. Can someone tell me very quickly why Salford and Swinton can’t share Moor Lane?
  6. I wasn’t trying to make a point either way with my post. Just offering a way to look at making investment decisions. But if I was to offer my opinion… IMO £50k with Coventry would bring a far bigger return than that same £50k being split by 12 SL clubs. It sounds like player numbers in the Midlands, similarly to London, are largely impacted by opportunity and access ie Midlands Academy, Conference League South, Broncos Academy, Amateur leagues etc. I’m not convinced YET that having a pro team at the top of the pyramid in your immediate locality leads to a huge take up of players at the junior age groups/academy level. I would have thought it would be very important to have a carrot at the top of the pyramid, but I remember those involved in junior RL in London that the Broncos weren’t on their radar. Largely the matches clashed on the same day and very few junior players went to watch the broncos or follow them closely. That also could be down to the owner/management of the broncos. Or it could be that juniors are wanting to watch the best quality pro teams on TV and not inferior quality in person.
  7. Seems pointless and really misses a trick for Scotland. You’ve just fulfilled a domestic season. Why wouldn’t you host this?
  8. A good way to look at it is ‘what would be the opportunity cost if the £50k was diverted to the RFL’s operations or to Super League clubs?’ The first thing that needs investigating is ‘what % of midlands players took up rugby league because Coventry exists as a semi-pro team?’ That is a pretty simple thing to do. You can then start working out my first question regarding opportunity cost. Without doing the above we’re all simply hypothesising. Of course the owner is going to advocate for maintaining or increasing funding - as he should. But any decision should go through the above rigour. If the £50k is to be divided by 12 SL clubs, you’d be asking what value £4,000 pounds has for a SL club.
  9. Perhaps Tom Tsang has been approached for a SL assistant role next year? He’s a very handy coach and has done remarkably well with both juniors and seniors.
  10. I thought it was well put IMO and he was definitely directing it to Hughes. The RFL sees the value in the academy and understands that a fully pro team is an important carrot to attract kids. But similarly to Hughes and his reluctance to listen to the fans, Hughes is also reluctant to listen to the RFL. #shambles
  11. Very good point. How long does a 10,000 stadium take to build on average?
  12. We are now using bonds for social initiatives. If the funds raised were to deliver a new stadium with guaranteed income + a social youth program, there would be a lot of people keen to invest for a small return (2-3%). You just need someone to underwrite the initial investment. That’s where rugby union’s friends come in handy.
  13. It’s really not. The gambling industry in Australia is disgusting.
  14. Walk into a leagues club and see if you still disagree with his third statement.
  15. It means RL governing bodies would be recognised by governments and insurance providers, so they can hire fields/stadiums and develop the sport in schools. Where have you been over the last decade+ ?
  16. Well worth a read: https://www.fijitimes.com/surfing-the-hard-work-starts-here-says-isa-president/
  17. Going to Rimmer for comment is like listening to a boiled potato. Any quick thinking and articulate responses have been boiled out.
  18. That’s a good point. If you knew that Tuesdays were content day, you could start to build a following.
  19. Are you really questioning the importance of independence and minimising conflicts of interest for the purpose of good governance?
  20. Yes the independent commission model is not meant to be temporary to simply deliver a report. It is tasked with guiding the CEO and holding everyone to account. More-so, it’s to set the direction and follow through. One of The biggest problems with the RFL is that they have made so many changes over the years without any evaluation of previous decisions. They are too quick to pivot and always searching for innovation before allowing the business to reach a level of maturity.
  21. Agreed. But his biggest downfall was the continual chopping and changing and not allowing things to mature.
  22. The whole point of an independent commission is to bring outsiders into the decision making of the sport, free from vested interests or perceived conflicts of interest. Aim a bit higher. You want top business people and former politicians.
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