GOOD News? Bad News?
We Giants people are used to both these concepts – although recently it’s been in the form of ‘Good Half Season, Bad Half Season’!
Anyway, this was the theme chosen by our latest guest, Danny Lockwood of the League Weekly, who had much to say on the subject.
It is excellent news that RL has a superb trade press, League weekly is solvent, it looks like Salford will be saved, and the game has people like Ken Davy.
However, this ‘heartland’ trade press is constantly overlooked by the national media.
And Rugby League has a lot of bad finances.
Sport England has cut the funding to the RFL, resulting in the demise of lots of development posts.
At the same time, while a lot of clubs do have serious benefactors, others thought they had and discovered the opposite to their cost!
The economics of sport is that it is in a dire situation. Not just our beloved game, but all sports.
However, comparing League to Union, we are in comparatively safe hands.
These days, Union is not our main competitor, it is the NRL over in Australasia.
They have just negotiated a £670m deal over five years. That is £134m each year.
Compare that to our Sky TV deal of £90 million – over five years!
Let’s keep it to ourselves, but this means the NRL can afford anyone who they choose!
More good news. A British player has been voted the best player in the world – and Kevin Sinfield is staying put. (You had to be present to detect the irony in some of this comment!).
The bad news is that Leeds will probably win the World Club Championship again. (For our Leeds readers, we could hardly tell what Danny was saying due to his tongue being firmly lodged in his cheek!)
RLWC 2013 (the Rugby League World Cup 2013) will be a success – although we’re not going to win it!
How can we compete with all the resources New Zealand and Australia have?
True, they do not have the almost perfect half-back like we (England) do in Danny Brough, but sadly it looks like we will not play him either!
Danny (Lockwood) proved to be an excellent and entertaining guest. It has been judged sensible to not relate all he told us!
So, as Mick Beevers said at the end of the night, “Thank you Danny, and here is your HGSA honorary membership certificate”.
Meanwhile, these are the forthcoming Events.
On Friday, January 25 it’s our annual Pre-Season Meal.
This year we shall meet in the Sportsman from 6.30pm and transfer to the Marimonte on Viaduct Street for 7.30. The event is almost sold out. Contact Margaret Callaghan (07414 270 760) for details.
Ahead of the London Broncos home match on February 10, we shall be having a disco for the juniors, and then on Monday, March 4, there’s a Fans Forum at the John Smith's Stadium.
For further information please visit our website, www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk, or contact Dave Calverley on 07887 878 425.