Toronto boss Brian Noble wants debate about lifting cap structure

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DaveO
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Toronto boss Brian Noble wants debate about lifting cap structure

Post by DaveO » Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:32 pm

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/50319010
In 2020, clubs will be allowed to spend £2.1m on player salaries, although there are certain incentive 'offsets' such as the marquee player rule.

"[Lifting the cap] would help for everybody's shopping lists," he said.

"It's not carefree abandoning of all the principles we've put in place in Super League, but if we're genuine in our aspirations to bring stars and have events, to make the game as vibrant as it was [when Super League started] in 1996 - or 1895 when northern union first broke away - then we are at the moment in the game where we need to make the pivotal decisions."
There are plenty of people who would like to see the cap raised but was Mr Noble saying that when at Bradford? I suspect not.

In any case while he won't get much argument about the need to raise the cap, most people involved in the game either running clubs or just us mere fans, realise there is no point raising the cap unless there is money available to pay the players.

Whether clubs could afford for it to be raised to attract players so the game became a bigger draw thus attracting more sponsors is debatable.

I think I am right in saying in RU the cap went up after they got a massive TV deal with BT Sport and the recent Sarries salary cap breach reminded me how much their cap is. £7m a season. So our sport needs to raise something like an extra £60m a season on top of the current TV money to match that. :o

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Re: Toronto boss Brian Noble wants debate about lifting cap structure

Post by fozzieskem » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:11 pm

I’ve never said anything different that the cap should go and let the cards land where they may,Toronto have,at the moment at least huge backing and over the last couple of years I wondered how long before they exerted their potential spending power,not long it seems.

The boys club all have similar bank accounts it seems to me and have been happy for the cap to stay but now a very different club have arrived (whoever the chairman is Argyle is loaded and is prepared to spend) how long are they going to let the sport stifle with the cap?

Of course you should only spend what you can afford and there will always be clubs that chase the impossible,Bradford being a prime case but surely clubs should be allowed to spend what they can afford and not be hemmed in by an artificial cap?

The sport is on its arse,few stars no publicity bar the last couple of days with Sonny Bill arrival in our sport,yes it is a poor mans sport but the way it is at present it’s slowly going down hill and something drastic has to happen

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Re: Toronto boss Brian Noble wants debate about lifting cap structure

Post by DaveO » Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:09 pm

The trouble with clubs being allowed to spend what they like is I don't think it's sustainable.

What will happen to Toronto if their chairman walks away?

Of the current clubs I think only Warrington have an owner who might like to, but more to the point can afford to, spend significantly more than the cap.

I know IL has plugged the financial gap at Wigan but I don't think has any desire to chuck a couple of million quid a season of his own cash at Wigan. Nor do I think he can afford it. He's not that rich.

If the sport is to do as Noble suggests the sport a whole needs to raise the sponsorship. Neither Premiership RU nor the NRL are sustainable without their TV money.

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Re: Toronto boss Brian Noble wants debate about lifting cap structure

Post by ancientnloyal » Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:38 pm

He’s only saying this because of SBW. That will end in tears too believe me.
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