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Small unfashionable towns seem to exist quite well in the EPL Burnley , Bournmouth etc 


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4 minutes ago, fieldofclothofgold said:

Small unfashionable towns seem to exist quite well in the EPL Burnley , Bournmouth etc 

I would say they are large town to be fair. As is Wigan and St Helens etc.

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16 minutes ago, hrtbps said:

Give the teams funky alliterative names too, which will widen their appeal. Wakefield Wildcats instead of Trinity, for example. Nobody evens knows what a trinity is.  

St Helens Glaziers sounds impossible funky. 

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6 minutes ago, Scubby said:

I would say they are large town to be fair. As is Wigan and St Helens etc.

Not by premier league football standards. Norwich and Burnley are tiny in that company. 

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3 hours ago, Loup said:

There wasn't any interest in rugby league in Toronto either, until a team came along and created a marketing strategy. From zero interest in 2015 to being among Toronto's six top-tier pro sports teams in 2019 and bigger crowds than most 100-year-old Championship clubs.

Liverpool's full of bright young fun-loving people. Create an entertaining event around a sporting team and make it the cool thing to do, along the same lines as the Wolfpack, and you could make a mint. Interest in the sport itself will follow.

The possibilities of the modern world are entirely lost on the provincial mind. 

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6 hours ago, hrtbps said:

Arguably, McDermott's comments don't go far enough.

Why stop at cities? You could have international teams representing a whole nation. Imagine the potential crowds at an England match - a country with what, 50 million people? Even if only one in ten people engaged in the new team you could be looking at crowds of 5 million. 

I mean, its not like people arent massively in favour of international RL, especially people who want the game to expand.

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38 minutes ago, Scubby said:

I would say they are large town to be fair. As is Wigan and St Helens etc.

What population would  a town Have to be before its classes as Large ? 150 K ? 200 ? . I think what Brian Mac is meaning is he wants Cities who are globally recognized.  The NFL are  now trying that route ,but they are only going for London I believe, because as big a brand NFL have they will will fill Spurs new stadium  but only for 8 or 9 games and the fans will be travelling from all over the country .Mac's vision will be very difficult because to many people in USA and Canada they just think " Rugby" not a code call Rugby League 

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6 minutes ago, fieldofclothofgold said:

What population would  a town Have to be before its classes as Large ? 150 K ? 200 ? . I think what Brian Mac is meaning is he wants Cities who are globally recognized.  The NFL are  now trying that route ,but they are only going for London I believe, because as big a brand NFL have they will will fill Spurs new stadium  but only for 8 or 9 games and the fans will be travelling from all over the country .Mac's vision will be very difficult because to many people in USA and Canada they just think " Rugby" not a code call Rugby League 

Of course he wants cities which are globally recognized.  If a franchise in New York is to have any hope of luring New Yorkers over to New Jersey to see a sport which is totally new to them and their region, it needs a diet of teams from globally recognized cities going to play there week in and week out to make that happen.

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50 minutes ago, fieldofclothofgold said:

Small unfashionable towns seem to exist quite well in the EPL Burnley , Bournmouth etc 

There are 20 teams in the premier league and the value of the premier league is not built around them

 The premier league is based on the value of big clubs in big cities.

That there are a rotation of smaller clubs with shady funding bumbling around the bottom half of the premier league is neither here nor there. The value they have in the PL is to provide opposition for the big clubs. 

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13 minutes ago, fieldofclothofgold said:

What population would  a town Have to be before its classes as Large ? 150 K ? 200 ? . I think what Brian Mac is meaning is he wants Cities who are globally recognized.  The NFL are  now trying that route ,but they are only going for London I believe, because as big a brand NFL have they will will fill Spurs new stadium  but only for 8 or 9 games and the fans will be travelling from all over the country .Mac's vision will be very difficult because to many people in USA and Canada they just think " Rugby" not a code call Rugby League 

It doesnt matter how big Wigan or Saints are. They have a large market to aim for 

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17 hours ago, Tommygilf said:

Its a fact though isn't it. The top flight needs a critical mass of big clubs to sustain itself and in turn grow the game.

Kid across the country just aren't interested in Salford vs St Helens. Christ, kids in a proper RL city like Wakefield aren't interested either.

Aside from football which is inescapable, there is no sport in the country kids are interested in without an inherited love from their parents. If that worked, the British Ice Hockey league would be massive.

This lazy, pins in a map theory that having a big city name is going to attract thousands of fans and sponsors is what gave us Paris Saint Germain. Toronto aren't a success because they have a big city name, it's because they have some very knowledgeable and driven people with deep pockets and a good strategy. David Argyle and Eric Perez could've dropped a club almost anywhere within reason and made a good go of it because they just 'get' the business of sports.

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On this forum if you even suggest that clubs based in large cities might have an easier time attracting sponsorship and investment than clubs based in small northern towns there will be people who take it as a personal insult to the small northern town.

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It's amazing how many people can dismiss expansion by citing 20 year old failed PSG experiment but completely ignore the the most commercially successful club in SL who won the Challenge Cup two years ago and have produced several dozen pro players.

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2 minutes ago, damp squib said:

On this forum if you even suggest that clubs based in large cities might have an easier time attracting sponsorship and investment than clubs based in small northern towns there will be people who take it as a personal insult to the small northern town.

It’s clearly not as simple as that, though. If it were London would have huge brands aligned to them, for example. 

 

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10 minutes ago, Oliver Clothesoff said:

It’s clearly not as simple as that, though. If it were London would have huge brands aligned to them, for example. 

 

London dont disprove his argument, they prove. Quite obviously London arent surviving on the income from form attendances are you

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I've had a glance at the most popular sports in Canada and not all of the participating places are large cities.

Then again,not all of those sports are televised.

Unless people are at first interested in the sport,then watching clubs/teams representing large cities,or small towns,won't attract the viewers.

I suppose when it comes to sponsorship York have recently received sponsorship from the local Hilton Hotel.Large cities may be able to attract that slice of sponsorship when smaller places don't have such establishments.

But the sport of rugby league has to be 'out there' in the first place.

Growing the sport,and enlarging the geographical footprint with participation and spectating should be at the forefront,before the broadcasting follows.

Otherwise,having the names of large cities will be futile.

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4 hours ago, Loup said:

There wasn't any interest in rugby league in Toronto either, until a team came along and created a marketing strategy. From zero interest in 2015 to being among Toronto's six top-tier pro sports teams in 2019 and bigger crowds than most 100-year-old Championship clubs.

Liverpool's full of bright young fun-loving people. Create an entertaining event around a sporting team and make it the cool thing to do, along the same lines as the Wolfpack, and you could make a mint. Interest in the sport itself will follow.

I appreciate it could happen in North America, which is what you’re most familiar with, but you simply don’t understand English sporting culture, and especially Liverpool’s sporting culture. You could relocate an NFL team there and few people in the city would care about it, it’s just Liverpool and Everton and always will be. 

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20 minutes ago, damp squib said:

It's amazing how many people can dismiss expansion by citing 20 year old failed PSG experiment but completely ignore the the most commercially successful club in SL who won the Challenge Cup two years ago and have produced several dozen pro players.

If this is referring to my post, I'm not dismissing expansion, far from it actually.

Also I'd like to see some figures to back up the claim that Catalans are the most commercially successful club in SL over someone like Leeds.

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4 minutes ago, Eddie said:

I appreciate it could happen in North America, which is what you’re most familiar with, but you simply don’t understand English sporting culture, and especially Liverpool’s sporting culture. You could relocate an NFL team there and few people in the city would care about it, it’s just Liverpool and Everton and always will be. 

 

1 hour ago, Big Picture said:

Of course he wants cities which are globally recognized.  If a franchise in New York is to have any hope of luring New Yorkers over to New Jersey to see a sport which is totally new to them and their region, it needs a diet of teams from globally recognized cities going to play there week in and week out to make that happen.

Which cities in Europe could you place an NFL team to and they would become the major club in that city?


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11 minutes ago, Bob8 said:

 

Which cities in Europe could you place an NFL team to and they would become the major club in that city?

A few probably, but none in England, Scotland or Wales. Well when I say none you probably could in Ely or St Aseph, but not in a big city. 

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10 minutes ago, Eddie said:

A few probably, but none in England, Scotland or Wales. Well when I say none you probably could in Ely or St Aseph, but not in a big city. 

Indeed, I did write "Europe".

I tend to agree to a certain extent. I think the NFL would be a huge team in any English city and pretty much any European city. Bit, they would require a huge economy.

Which European cities are there that have a good economy, but lack an absolute top level sports team?


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9 minutes ago, Oliver Clothesoff said:

Rugby League has been played out on a rectangular lump of grass for 124 years and not in a boardroom or on a map, long may that continue. 

A champion of the amateur ideal! Very well.


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