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  1. On 20/05/2022 at 18:58, Dave T said:

    My view on the cap, if we are to have one is that it should be linked to our turnovers, and as central funding has increased over the years we should have been increasing wages.

    Linking it back to turnover would really sort things out and would be inconvenient for lots of people who like to think their clubs are big beasts and like to throw scorn on other clubs.

    The reality is a lot of the financial split in Super League is between clubs propped up by very rich owners and those who aren't. The latter are in quite a few ways more admirable than the first as they know the value of every pound earned and spent, run very tight financial ships and are less likely to go down in financial flames if and when the rich guy falls in front of a bus or loses interest. 

    The salary cap certainly shouldn't be cut, and it wasn't, but it's not like many clubs could really afford to pay more if they were being run as proper businesses rather than rich men's playthings anyway.

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  2. 22 minutes ago, Harry Stottle said:

    Just goes to show how astute Ricky Stuart was in moving Sezer and Austin on from Canberra - when they were in their prime!

    Was it Agar who was responsible for them going to Leeds or was it someone who is still a high ranking officer at the club, or someone now departed and employed in t'other code? I honestly don't know the answer but whoever made the decision to take them to Leeds is the one responsible for Leeds poor form this season.

    Most likely a combination of Sinfield and Hetherington with Agar agreeing. There's not much reason to doubt any of their abilities to judge a player, particularly Hetherington's.

    To be fair to Sezer he hasn't played much anyway to form a clear opinion. In any event I think what makes good players not perform well is much more complex than you are suggesting.

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  3. 55 minutes ago, Dave T said:

    Without wanting to take this cross code, but IIRC both the RU Prem and Pro 14 took hundreds of millions in PE - yet I'm not seeing any transformations take place in those comps (maybe Pro14 to be fair). If they have just paid debts, that will help in the short term, until those debts are run up again and they have sold huge parts of their commercial income. 

    It really would have been easy for the owners to just take pots of gold now and repay their loans etc. I'm glad they didn't, I prefer us to own our sport. 

    I have no idea whether this will work, but I think it was the better option for our sport. 

    Yes this is the thing. As seen in union oney to the clubs would largely be wasted - on debt pay down or player salaries. And for a ridiculous amount of lost control over the sport's future to people who probably wouldn't have the game's interests at heart in the long run. The sport needs more cash, obviously, but it needs that through income growth not selling itself. I am cynical about any outside experts or consultants who say how great they are going to be but a deal like this on the face of it gives them a lot of skin in the game which is essential. I'm pretty confident it wouldn't have got past the people who saw through the private equity stuff if it wasn't a decent deal.

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  4. On 13/05/2022 at 16:25, Futtocks said:

    It looks like Craven's predecessor, Nigel Wiskar, has moved into an editorial position and is still at the Mirror.

    Craven's predecessor was Gareth Walker who left a couple of month's ago.

    James O'Brien from the Hull Daily Mail in turn took over from Craven at the Yorkshire Post.

  5. 1 hour ago, Dallas Mead said:

    If Wakefield Metropolitan area is the answer then I’m not sure what the question is 🤷‍♂️

    Wakefield has a larger population than Warrington and St Helens combined. I thought people were all for encouraging clubs in large urban areas instead of these small towns? Or does it depend how your club gets defined when doing it?

  6. 5 minutes ago, Dunbar said:

    I am voicing my enthusiasm. 

    What you will get from a global business that has revenue of $2B in H1 (the IMG parent business) is a level of expertise and business leadership that NH Rugby League has severely lacked.

    They will want this 12 year investment to pay off and so do we.  We will see ambition and reach that we haven't seen before and I am excited to see what it will bring.

    My expectation, as with the use of third parties in businesses of all kinds, is that they are simply finding a way for the people who get paid a lot of money to run the sport to dodge taking, and taking responsibility for, the big decisions they are paid for. And that the people with "expertise" come in, take a wad of cash, and leave behind a mess.


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  7. 3 hours ago, gingerjon said:

    Was there any crossover with the RL Rhinos, either men's or women's teams, in terms of promotion on the day?

    There was an email which I got last week promoting it. I think the first time ever i've had a netball one.

    I deleted it quite quickly but I'm sure some people might have had their interest piqued.

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  8. 31 minutes ago, Sidi Fidi Gold said:

    Ncuti Gatwa is the 14th Doctor . Its a bit of a Matt Smith type of casting , a relatively unknown out of the blue actor .

    Look forward to it but I can see some of our red-faced friends, who probably don't watch the series anyway, going absolutely nuts.

    (And I hope it turns out better than Smith, in my view, did 😬 Less childishness and fewer silly speeches please).

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  9. 1 hour ago, Just Browny said:

    First double header not to feature either a French team or a Championship team though, so an argument yesterday's should have been higher than the 2018 or 2019 editions.

    On the other hand they have been a bit unlucky that the only West Yorkshire club playing in a venue in West Yorkshire was the one with hardly any fans. They'd have been hoping no doubt that Leeds or Cas would be there (but then again hope is not a strategy.)

  10. 18 minutes ago, The Rocket said:

    As far as writing it down, wouldn`t that be more appropriate for the asset that it was used to build rather than the income generated, or in this case given as a grant, that was used to pay for the construction of said asset.

    It should be matched to the depreciation being charged on the asset that was built, thereby offsetting the cost and the grant over the same useful life. Leeds used to have the same thing and that's how they accounted for it in the UK.

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