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Sir Kevin Sinfield

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  1. On 12/05/2022 at 11:23, Scubby said:
    • Leigh get 500k central funding (100 + 400 parachute) this year plus owner investment
    • Leigh will get 100k central funding next year and possible owner spitting dummy out should they not get promoted
    • Leigh are averaging about 2,600 this season with their last 4 crowds below that (2,500 to 2,100)
    • Leigh are spending £1m+ on salaries alone

    Bust can mean a lot of things, the owner has form for going rogue (and not even putting 17 players on the field at one point). I'm okay with my assertion thanks. Happy to be proved wrong and, I've said many times, Leigh have a great chance of going up. It is just risky as hell loading up like this because the fall and hangover (fans and club) is potentially grave.

    Funny things is plenty of Leigh fans know this too but choose to fall in line.

    Spot on 

  2. On 11/05/2022 at 04:06, RL Sonja said:

    The downward spiral of this tournament must be one of the saddest things in rugby league, world-wide. 

    The Challenge Cup needs a restructure, all rounds before the semi finals are dead ducks and even the semi finals can’t match its Super League equivalent game attendance. I think IMG will make the logical choice of moving to 4 groups of 5 in place of the knockout rounds, with the winner of each group into the Semi Final. Tickets can then be packaged and sold within the season ticket. This should allow the BBC to show plenty of games and not broadcast from empty stadiums.

    It’s not what it was but the Final is still a big event, however Wembley is far too big. The Final should be moved imo, Old Trafford Manchester, Anfield, St James, Emirates Stadium, London Olympic Stadium, Tottenham Stadium are all decent stadium options if they’re going to fork out and pay to host the event then Edinburgh or Cardiff.

    Wembley should host big England Internationals, it’s being too long since we played there. It’s a shame the World Cup Semi Final isn’t At Wembley.

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  3. 45 minutes ago, ShropshireBull said:

    Even I have to believe that giants take more than 5k.  First final in yonks,  new stadium.  Dodd will probably do something to reduce bus costs. 

    Wigan no final (with fans) in a few years either.  

    Hoping Giants can be aggressive and target 10k.  Pies 15k,  5k from both Fev and Leigh so thats 35k. Rfl should be able to sell or have sold  the rest. 

    Clubs need to make money out of reaching finals, not subsidie the costs of fans travelling to the final. I think Huddersfield will take 10k, Wigan 20k, 2k-3k from Leigh and Featherstone, with approx 25k neutral RL fans/general sports fans/Tottenham fans.

  4. On 07/05/2022 at 13:47, Jughead said:

    The final deserves to be Wembley or at least it’s own standalone event. The last two finals have been very good to watch, by all accounts. 

    I thought it was a great game and being live on bbc will help to grow the Women’s game.  It got me thinking I’m presuming Sky have the rights for the Women’s Super League and they pay next to nothing for them? We should be aiming to get Women’s Super League on either the BBC or Channel 4, even if it’s just the Grand Final to begin with.

    I agree it should be a standalone event. 

  5. 47 minutes ago, The Great Dane said:

    The NZ broadcast rights only saw a large jump because Spark Sport (streaming service in NZ) put in a competitive bid for the rights, which caused a small bidding war for the rights which has basically never happened before in NZ.

    The problem is that Spark Sport has struggled since then and are unlikely to be able to put in such a bid again. In other words Sky NZ will probably be the sole serious bidder again meaning there'll be no competition for the rights again.

    In such circumstances it's unlikely that you'll see another significant jump in the rights value, Sky may even try to low ball the NRL. I imagine that they would be open to negotiations to pay for the extra local content that a second NZ club would bring, but you'd have to ask them that question to be sure, and even so realistically there's significant more opportunity for growth in WA, SA, Qld, and Vic, than in NZ.

    In saying all that broadcast rights value isn't/shouldn't be the only factor when considering expansion.

    If that does happen the NRL should go with a free to air broadcaster in New Zealand and take the revenue hit 

  6. On 07/05/2022 at 10:24, Copa said:

    The size of the gambling problem in Australia is absolutely disgraceful. We are on the extreme edge of gambling in the same way the US is with guns. It’s a disease that has infected our culture. When it’s everywhere it becomes normal.

    It’s for Politicians and elections to sort social problems like gambling, NRL clubs are not responsible and operate within the law, they are simply participating in the society around them. 

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  7. On 07/05/2022 at 09:11, The Future is League said:

    With the massive number of Kiwis playing in the NRL and the new tv deal in New Zealand with only 1 Kiwi side, it would be madness not to include a 2nd New Zealand NRL team.

    the recent broadcasting deal with Sky NZ saw TV rights income increase 70 per cent to over $30m a year 

    (This is the New Zealand Warriors 27th season in the NRL, this is what we can achieve in France if we keep Catalans and Toulouse in Super League)

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  8. 10 hours ago, Scubby said:



    10 hours ago, bratman said:

    Not great, but actually quite similar to recent semi final aggregate attendances.

    But this also included the Women’s Challenge Cup Final remember, this event alone should be aiming for 5000.

    This should be the last time the events are combined as either a double or triple header.

    We have plenty of suitable decent Rugby League grounds these events can be held at, St Helens, Wigan, Warrington, Leigh, Huddersfield, Headingley, York. Any of the combinations below would be better than holding a triple header.

    Women’s Challenge Cup Final Leeds v Saints - Warrington or Headingley or York

    Semi 1 Saints v Wigan - Warrington or Leigh

    Semi 2 Huddersfield v Hull - Headingley or York

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  9. 15 hours ago, Cw25 said:

    Wrong. Read their website. When they were announcing that signing. It is a case of getting up asap. If they miss out this time, They go again the year after. I will also say, When they do get up, You and others(not having a go at you btw) will then post, If Leigh go down, They are bust.


    When you are relegated you get a Super League parachute payment. This year Leigh are  excessively splashing the cash even taking that into account, there’s no way they could keep that up if they miss out on promotion, we’ve seen it before with Leigh, they went to a threadbare squad and were unable to field a team for several Championship fixtures.

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  10. Just now, Dave T said:

    It's a very good point about the ladies final. The monetary value isn't £25 but that is the price you have to pay if you want to watch it. 

    It is, as a Leeds Rhinos season ticket holder I’m not going to pay £25 to go and watch Leeds in the Women’s Final, £5-£10 and I’d consider going, some might see that disrespectful but that’s the facts of it, there will be some, but I don’t think there will be many Leeds fans at the game. 

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  11. 3 minutes ago, GeordieSaint said:

    I m not going to underestimate us. We are decent proposition at home and have plenty of talent to draw on; but I am a bit worried about Wane’s selection policy. Pick the right team and we beat Samoa, PNG and Tonga at home to get to the Final. 

    But we’ll be the only Northern Hemisphere side in the QFs.

    From Group C it’ll be Ireland or Lebanon, I have no idea how strong the Lebanon team will be but surely Ireland will have a reasonable chance against them. I agree Wane as coach and his selections are a concern for me. 

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