Super League's crunch meeting: playing behind closed doors 'an option'

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Super League's crunch meeting: playing behind closed doors 'an option'

Post by josie andrews » Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:43 am

Super League club bosses will meet today to decide whether to suspend the season, continue as normal - or play behind closed doors.

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Re: Super League's crunch meeting: playing behind closed doors 'an option'

Post by Caboosegg » Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:10 pm

If the rfl was managed correctly they would have an emerg fund for situations like this
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Re: Super League's crunch meeting: playing behind closed doors 'an option'

Post by Mike » Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:35 pm

Caboosegg wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:10 pm
If the rfl was managed correctly they would have an emerg fund for situations like this
They'd probably have to consistently make money first. Not something the sport has done for some considerable time, if ever.

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Post by ancientnloyal » Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:21 pm

Uncle Mo would sort this out. World
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Re: Super League's crunch meeting: playing behind closed doors 'an option'

Post by morley pie eater » Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:09 pm

Do we know what they decided?

Thinking about playing behind closed doors - if, as suggested elsewhere - games were spread over Thu, Fri, 2 x Sat and 2 x Sun, and Sky were to show them all live (for extra payment to clubs), it seems to me that we could be on a winner.

Yes, clubs wouldn't have gate income, but the alternative is to have zero.
Also, for the wider viewing public/Sky subscribers, it would be the only game in town, so the sport could possibly use a bad situation to increase it's profile, gain fans/viewers, and potentially increase its value to Sky when the contract is up for renewal.

And, let's face it, many or all of these games won't ever be played as the coronavirus pandemic plays itself out over the next year or more.

Just googled and could only find this from last week:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.thegua ... oronovirus

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Post by DaveO » Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:57 pm

Caboosegg wrote:If the rfl was managed correctly they would have an emerg fund for situations like this
It’s not affordable. They can’t put enough money away to make a meaningful difference. Where would it come from?

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Re: Super League's crunch meeting: playing behind closed doors 'an option'

Post by DaveO » Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:59 pm

morley pie eater wrote:Do we know what they decided?

Thinking about playing behind closed doors - if, as suggested elsewhere - games were spread over Thu, Fri, 2 x Sat and 2 x Sun, and Sky were to show them all live (for extra payment to clubs), it seems to me that we could be on a winner.

Yes, clubs wouldn't have gate income, but the alternative is to have zero.
Also, for the wider viewing public/Sky subscribers, it would be the only game in town, so the sport could possibly use a bad situation to increase it's profile, gain fans/viewers, and potentially increase its value to Sky when the contract is up for renewal.

And, let's face it, many or all of these games won't ever be played as the coronavirus pandemic plays itself out over the next year or more.

Just googled and could only find this from last week:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.thegua ... oronovirus
Given so many people are involved there is a good chance some teams will find themselves with players in isolation like Leeds. What happens then? They field a team of reserves if they can and effectively forfeit the points?

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Re: Super League's crunch meeting: playing behind closed doors 'an option'

Post by jaws1 » Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:12 pm

morley pie eater wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:09 pm
Do we know what they decided?

Thinking about playing behind closed doors - if, as suggested elsewhere - games were spread over Thu, Fri, 2 x Sat and 2 x Sun, and Sky were to show them all live (for extra payment to clubs), it seems to me that we could be on a winner.

Yes, clubs wouldn't have gate income, but the alternative is to have zero.
Also, for the wider viewing public/Sky subscribers, it would be the only game in town, so the sport could possibly use a bad situation to increase it's profile, gain fans/viewers, and potentially increase its value to Sky when the contract is up for renewal.

And, let's face it, many or all of these games won't ever be played as the coronavirus pandemic plays itself out over the next year or more.

Just googled and could only find this from last week:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.thegua ... oronovirus
So we play behind closed doors think of the implications of that people with no SKY would go down to the Pub/Club just opposite of what the Government want. On the other hand if SKY made it free to air and got more revenue from advertisements and more revenue people could watch from home freeview, Virgin even on youtube .Just a scenario if we had 50,000 viewers watching SKY before and they made it free to air and get 4 million viewers it would pay for itself. Viewers new to RL if they liked the game could have a footfall effect when the game resumes .Just a thought could SKY ask for the money they pay out as we are not fulfilling our contract to them same with the Football?

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Re: Super League's crunch meeting: playing behind closed doors 'an option'

Post by moto748 » Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:13 pm

If the NRL haven't been able to sustain playing behind closed doors with all their money, there is no way in the world SL could manage it.

Plus, of course, going down the pub to watch is no longer an option.

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Re: Super League's crunch meeting: playing behind closed doors 'an option'

Post by morley pie eater » Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:03 pm

When the situation you're in changes radically, there are always more reasons against proposed ways forward than there are for them. So it is now.

Yes, a big part of Sky's audience is normally at the pub - but note the word "normally". Are these "normal" circumstances?

What? The alternative to having zero income, for months potentially, is not what we'd ideally choose - quelle surprise! We're in a position of looking for a least worst option.

OK. We've covered all the reasons it won't work, now we need to find ways to make it work or come up with a better alternative. Anybody?

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