Lowdesert Posted March 19, 2016 Share Posted March 19, 2016 The RFL and NRL are the only two professional RL bodies. They consult on rule changes and internationals with the RLIF, so good communication channels already exist. Would melding the two be so difficult? Let's face it the UK game needs money. After the recent results of the WCC the knee jerk 'raise the salary cap' sounded out. Clubs have voted against it and RLF say it stays but is increasing the SC just papering over the cracks in improving our on field product? The NRLs contract with SKY towers over ours, despite viewing figures being similar. RFL negotiation skills nil. Imagine an Executive telling Theo Paphitis that he had just negotiated a great deal. 60% less than the value of our main competitors but a great deal. He wouldn't get chance to clear his desk. Surely a merger with NRL would better. They obviously have the clout and the skills! The players are still playing for the same money as they were a few years ago. I wonder how long it will be before an England International, playing alongside a 'Marquee player who's on more money, decides to kick up a stink and we lose another to NRL, NFL or the other game. At International level it's debatable we have closed the gap. My opinion is that we have but we need some form of 'selection' type game alongside the lines of State of Origin. I can hear people saying 'we've tried that. Hasn't quite worked. Yorks v Lancs, Exiles etc'. But have we really tried? Attendances and media coverage weren't great. A competition where players are asked to give they're all, lungs coming out of the chest, 'blood and snot' is a must. The NRL have the tried and tested template and they have the prescence to make it happen. If we want to improve our profile as a sport and increase media coverage and in turn, revenue, we have to do something. Right now, I can't see the RL doing anything significant at all. ........... or maybe the RFL could buy out the NRL? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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