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News: Gallop open to shifting grand final

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by ManlyBacker, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    <p class="first">NRL boss David Gallop says the league would be "mad" if it did not consider offers to move the grand final to Brisbane or even Melbourne.</p>


    <a href="http://www.silvertails.net/news/4354-gallop-open-to-shifting-grand-final.html">Read the full article</a>
     
  2. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    'Fight to the death' over NRL grand final - Rees promise
    By Ed Jackson From: AAP

    NSW premier Nathan Rees has promised Queensland counterpart Anna Bligh a "fight to the death'' over the hosting rights to the NRL grand final.

    Bligh said yesterday she was "playing hard'' to secure the game's showpiece after the NRL's deal with the NSW government expires in 2012. The Queensland government would reportedly pay up to six times more than the $500,000 NSW currently gives the NRL to host the grand final.

    And NRL chief executive David Gallop says the league would be derelict in its duty if it didn't consider bids from Brisbane and Melbourne. But Rees says any decision to move the grand final from rugby league's "spiritual home'' in Sydney would be ludicrous.

    "My position on this is crystal clear. If Bligh thinks that she'll have a fight, she certainly will have a fight, we'll fight to the death on this issue,'' Rees told Triple M radio's Grill Team. "Ultimately it would be a kick in the teeth for the people of NSW should David Gallop and the NRL decide to have a grand final anywhere but Sydney.

    "This is the spiritual home of rugby league and the grand finals that we've seen here in recent years have been absolutely extraordinary.

    "You've seen the community spirit that got behind the Parramatta Eels this year, regardless of whether people were Parramatta supporters or not so any notion that it should go to another state, I think is lunacy particularly when the NRL says they are concerned about the AFL incursion into Western Sydney. It plays straight into the AFL's hands.''

    And while admitting he faces a battle with Queensland, any possibility of Melbourne being seriously considered as a grand final venue was dismissed by Rees, who labelled the Victorian capital a "provincial town''.

    "They can send it to Melbourne and have 20,000 people in a stadium down there in what is basically a large provincial town or they can have it in Sydney, the gateway to Australia,'' Rees said. "I think this is absolute lunacy by the NRL and it's a kick in the teeth for all the people in NSW who have supported rugby league over the last century.

    "Any notion that the rugby league grand final leaves its home of NSW, I think is just a recipe for disaster for the NRL, they ought to come to their senses and come to their senses quickly.''
     
  3. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    Fight to the death ... Nathan Rees - pictured with NRL boss David Gallop - says the NRL grand final has to stay in Sydney. Picture: Angelo Soulas Source: The Sunday Telegraph
     
  4. reyam

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    This is why this game is dying the lack of respect for tradition. First we move from SCG to SFS out to homebush and now Gallop is talking about selling game to biggest bidder,what a farce. this is why the AFL is so strong they respect tradition and would never consider moving the grand final to Sydney or anywhere.The game should always be in Sydney
     
  5. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Gallop is a tool and needs to go asap
     
  6. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    If the NRL can get a few million per annum extra to keep the GF in Sydney then great - share it amongst the clubs.  Surely the ALP powerbrokers can see some votes in this!
     
  7. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    So they'll take 50,000 at Suncorp over the 70,000+ that attend each year in Sydney?  Bizarre. 
     
  8. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I think it's just a beat up to squeeze the lemon a bit harder.  Besides that, Gallop is a tool. 
     
  9. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    Considering the NRL gets the gate takings is 30,000 X say $100 a ticket = $3 million less to go to suncorp
     
  10. deadlyeagle

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    Considering the NRL gets the gate takings is 30,000 X say $100 a ticket = $3 million less to go to suncorp
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    Suncorp capacity 52,500

    That is a very very simplistic model not acounting for the costs involved. Overall Cost per ticket would range from $50+

    So probably more in the range of $1.2M more.

    And if the goverment is willing to pay lets say 3 Million more than the other govt then why not qld?

    Also it would also increase the bidding of the NSW Govt, so really by qld bidding more its a win win.
     
  11. Utility Player

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    Do think Dave is trying to get it in or has just pulled out in this pic?
     
  12. Fluffy

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    Considering the NRL gets the gate takings is 30,000 X say $100 a ticket = $3 million less to go to suncorp
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    Suncorp capacity 52,500

    That is a very very simplistic model not acounting for the costs involved. Overall Cost per ticket would range from $50+

    So probably more in the range of $1.2M more.

    And if the goverment is willing to pay lets say 3 Million more than the other govt then why not qld?

    Also it would also increase the bidding of the NSW Govt, so really by qld bidding more its a win win.
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    Considering Cat A is $165 and Cat B $120 i figured $100 was a reasonable average to get the feel of it.

    $1.2 Million for 30,000 seats is only $40 each, well below the gap
     
  13. Corso_Pete

    Corso_Pete Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    It is irrelevant how many fans the ground holds, the bigger bucks come from the Government that want the game in their state or even country.

    They  played a Bledisloe Cup game last night in Tokyo in front of 48k fans, many of whom had free tix. That game could have been played anywhere in Melb, Syd or Brisbane and got a bigger gate, yet it was played in Japan, why because the ARU got more cash. The same principle applies to this topic.

    Like it or not this game is now about cash and new streams of cash, Gallop at least realises this and is doing something about it.

    If Gallop is a tool he is a least of the quality Sidchrome variety and not some cheap imported rubbish that you can buy in the bargain bin at Bunnings.
     
  14. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    If Gallop only negotiated a deal somewhat like the AFL with television, we'd be in a much better position.

    The fact that he used to work for News Limited made him roll over to the big wigs, which has cost the code players, cost people their jobs, and made the product look cheap.
     
  15. Corso_Pete

    Corso_Pete Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    How does anyone negotiate a deal with the company that is effectively paying your salary?

    The real problem here is not Gallop, it is the structure/ownership of the NRL.
     
  16. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    Exactly. Gallop was an instrument in ripping the original NRL apart when he was a lawyer for News Limited, and causing on a whim for The Eagles to have to merge with the filth.

    He was virtually raped by News Limited, whilst at the same time, the AFL, a less popular television event was sprucing at the record deal they just negotiated.

    I hope channel 7 destroy 9, and win the contract. The problem with that though is Gallop - he just won't allow that to happen - even if it costs the game millions upon millions of dollars.
     
  17. Cameron

    Cameron Cambo Premium Member

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    hhahahaha
    go ryan

    yes mate u are without date one of us

    **** that bear filth
     
  18. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    Ryan doesn't have a date? One ex-bear who is not an asshole... :)
     

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