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M j M

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  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.)
  4. I think it's more likely to be the injuries they've picked up that's messed things up for them.
  5. 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.
  6. I don't agree with the way building grants ($8.7m of their profit) are accounted for in those accounts - although no doubt it agrees to whatever accounting standards they're using nowadays. It really misleads people who quote profit figures. Conventional UK GAAP would have accounted for this income over the useful life of the asset that was built rather than massively inflating profit all in one year.
  7. The more clubs benefit and rely on the NRL grants as key to their income rather than on the insidious and deadly gambling businesses which for decades have propped up Australian Rugby League the better. A business model based on the crippling financial addiction of poor people to pokies isn't one to be admired.
  8. York have never been a larger club than Wakefield. You can wish it were the case, you can imagine that maybe if they'd been in Super League for 20 years maybe they would have become larger but you can't state it as fact. The reality is the UK sport market is acutely mature and very entrenched and there is little reason to think York would start getting larger crowds than Wakefield if they were in SL. But most of all remember that Rugby League is a sport and that it has fans. You can decide that achievement on the field is irrelevant. You can decide that Wakefield, who have won and repeatedly defended their position in Super League on the field, often against the odds, sometimes quite heroically, should surrender their place to another, smaller, club because the other club inhabits a "thriving, affluent city". But don't expect that there won't be a loss of fans and a loss of TV subscribers as you try to shoehorn clubs deemed to be more appealing into the league. Rugby League and its fans largely inhabit the negative space away from the thriving and away from the affluent - and telling them this isn't the sport for them is so dumb and so counterproductive. This cultural cringe some fans have, and their desperation to disassociate the sport from its reality, from its embarrassing unfashionable, non-affluent fan base, is a constant theme. And you seem willing to kill off a couple of clubs and destroy the integrity of the sport to achieve it.
  9. Based on what could or would York be more valuable to the league than Wakefield? Crowds - no, junior player development - absolutely not, on field performance - no, incrementally larger TV viewing figures - doubtful. Please don't tell us it's all about shiny, new stadia. Because an empty shiny new stadium is less use than a half-full, decrepit old one.
  10. One of the four Boeing 747SPs (the short fuselage version produced in the 1970s) still flying is being taken out of service by NASA.
  11. The Eagle has landed. Famously amongst the first things Howard Wilkinson did when landing at Elland Road in 1988 was to take down all the old photographs of the 1960s/70s Leeds United team as he thought the club was obsessively living in the past in a way which wasn't healthy. At Headingley and at Kirkstall they've build the past literally into the walls of the place - the players can't turn a corner without seeing some ghostly figure brandishing a trophy or a list of great past players. I wonder if Smith might just want to turn the players' focus away from all that sort of stuff.
  12. I don't believe it ever happened. Channel 4 switchover cash shelved
  13. Did they really? Are you sure about that?
  14. Let's be precise: the RFL admitted Toronto to the league in the first place. And the RFL, along with St Helens, Leeds and Catalan voted to retain them in Super League in 2020. It was all the other SL clubs and Elstone who did the dirty deed.
  15. How quick is the NRL judiciary system by the way.
  16. Fortunately we don't have many of those since Stevo retired. Getting rid of the Lancastrian ones might help though.
  17. Phil Gould is just awful isn't he. Of course it's a red card. How can that not be obvious to some people who make their living from the game? Is it because of one of Gould's many and varied agendas?
  18. May the Lord have mercy on whoever did this.
  19. Don't know if Hull KR were distracted by next week but they were well off the pace. And picked up some injuries as well which could be bad for the semi unfortunately, include Coote. No doubt some Rovers fans will mention James Child. I'll just say that Leeds for some reason really looked to be enjoying playing for once and that fed into a confidence with the ball we've not seen for a long time - and also stirred the Headingley crowd out of its months-long slumber. Tony Smith, as he sometimes does, at the end stood for a long time next to the tunnel waiting for almost every Leeds player to walk in so he could shake them by the hand.
  20. Rovers have been their own worst enemies the first half. Leeds have looked positively sprightly by their standards but can't rely on the opposition making so many mistakes in the second half.
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