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castle eagle

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robbiea

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Has there been any mention over there where the team is staying ?
And member functions in Vegas.
 

Ron E. Gibbs

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How long will the injury list get after they play their games on an NFL surface. I believe they are made of synthetic are they not, like a cricket pitch. Correct me if I wrong. Astroturf.

There would be no way I would risk playing Turbo on such a surface.
Turbo could probably still find an injury if the game was played on a field of marshmallows and he was wrapped head to toe in a thick layer of fairy floss, but yeah, artificial turf would not be great. Interesting that the NFL is backing away from artificial turf on the back of a season-ending injury in the first round of their season:


So it's good to know they should at least be playing on grass.

But I still think it's crazy that we'll be playing our opening game in the US, then flying back to play round two. We're just not a strong enough team to overcome a slow start to a season (hell, we can't even overcome a strong start to a season), so I can't understand why we're going out of our way to handicap ourselves for no apparent benefit.
 

ManlyArmy

Bencher
Turbo could probably still find an injury if the game was played on a field of marshmallows and he was wrapped head to toe in a thick layer of fairy floss, but yeah, artificial turf would not be great. Interesting that the NFL is backing away from artificial turf on the back of a season-ending injury in the first round of their season:


So it's good to know they should at least be playing on grass.

But I still think it's crazy that we'll be playing our opening game in the US, then flying back to play round two. We're just not a strong enough team to overcome a slow start to a season (hell, we can't even overcome a strong start to a season), so I can't understand why we're going out of our way to handicap ourselves for no apparent benefit.

There's a two week gap between Vegas game and Round 2
 
But I still think it's crazy that we'll be playing our opening game in the US, then flying back to play round two. We're just not a strong enough team to overcome a slow start to a season (hell, we can't even overcome a strong start to a season), so I can't understand why we're going out of our way to handicap ourselves for no apparent benefit.
Someone's ego needs stroking.
 

Terry Zarsoff

First Grader
Will Jack Hughman be parading a new partner by then?

Meanwhile, an update on this gambling gimmick, or should that be gambit…dressed up as promoting the game internationally. Looks like the more professionally-run clubs are looking at somewhat shorter stays.

From the SMH’s ‘Slick Mick’ Hummus:

What happens in Vegas: Why NRL wants to base players away from the Strip​

By Michael Chammas​


The NRL is negotiating a deal for players to stay three kilometres outside the centre of Las Vegas in a bid to ensure its American adventure is not overshadowed by off-field incidents.

The governing body is working overtime to finalise plans for the 2024 season launch in the US, including a potential deal for players to be based in the $US4.3 billion Resorts World, which opened in 2021 in the south of Las Vegas.

There are several reasons for the decision to pursue accommodation on the outskirts of the city centre, but the priority is the safety and security of the players.


There is also a financial benefit to staying away from the Las Vegas Strip, and it is easier to get in and out of hotels for training and gym sessions.

The NRL has dealt with plenty of off-field dramas in the past two decades and wants to avoid any public relations disasters involving player misbehaviour during the trip to the US.

Resorts World, which has an 11,000 square metres casino built into it, is located about 45 minutes’ walk from the iconic Bellagio Hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard and one hour from the Park MGM hotel.
Resorts World in Las Vegas, where the NRL players are expected to be based.

Resorts World in Las Vegas, where the NRL players are expected to be based.

The Resorts World complex has three hotels within its precinct, including the largest Hilton property in the world; a 59-storey building with more than 3500 rooms.

The other hotels are the Conrad Las Vegas and Crockfords Las Vegas. The Crockfords is considered the high-end hotel of the precinct. It’s understood the NRL is considering giving the “home” teams preference on which hotel they want to stay at.

Accommodation in the centre of Las Vegas would cost the NRL millions of dollars more than a deal at Resorts World.

There are also concerns about getting players in and out of congested hotels and roads on the main part of Las Vegas Boulevard, which won’t be a factor on the south side of town.
The NRL clubs will be about three kilometres from the iconic Bellagio Hotel.

The NRL clubs will be about three kilometres from the iconic Bellagio Hotel.CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES

The NRL and club representatives will head to the US on a research mission, in either October or November, to get to know the area and plan for the event.

The Brisbane Broncos have formed a partnership with NFL club Los Angeles Rams. They will base themselves in California for the first part of their trip.

The Sydney Roosters, who also plan to spend time in Los Angeles, are in discussions with the University of California about a partnership deal.

South Sydney are still deciding whether to base themselves in Los Angeles or San Diego before arriving in Las Vegas for the NRL’s official launch on Wednesday, February 28.

Where the clubs plan on staying in America​

  • Sydney Roosters: Expected to fly into Los Angeles for 5-6 days before arriving in Las Vegas on February 28.
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs: Deciding between basing themselves in San Diego or Los Angeles for 8-9 days before arriving in Las Vegas on February 28.
  • Brisbane Broncos: Expected to fly into Los Angeles for 5-6 days before arriving in Las Vegas on February 28.
  • Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles: Expected to fly straight to Las Vegas and base themselves there for 9-10 days.
The NRL double-header at Allegiant Stadium, the venue for the NFL Super Bowl on February 11, will be played on Saturday, March 2 (Sunday afternoonAEST).

The Roosters will play the Broncos while Russell Crowe’s Souths will face Manly, who are hoping Hollywood star and pretend Sea Eagles supporter Hugh Jackman will help promote the game.
 
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Chunkytuna

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Tipping Member
Will Jack Hughman be parading a new partner by then?

Meanwhile, an update on this gambling gimmick, or should that be gambit…dressed up as promoting the game internationally. Looks like the more professionally-run clubs are looking at somewhat shorter stays.

From the SMH’s ‘Slick Mick’ Hummus:

What happens in Vegas: Why NRL wants to base players away from the Strip​

By Michael Chammas​


The NRL is negotiating a deal for players to stay three kilometres outside the centre of Las Vegas in a bid to ensure its American adventure is not overshadowed by off-field incidents.

The governing body is working overtime to finalise plans for the 2024 season launch in the US, including a potential deal for players to be based in the $US4.3 billion Resorts World, which opened in 2021 in the south of Las Vegas.

There are several reasons for the decision to pursue accommodation on the outskirts of the city centre, but the priority is the safety and security of the players.


There is also a financial benefit to staying away from the Las Vegas Strip, and it is easier to get in and out of hotels for training and gym sessions.

The NRL has dealt with plenty of off-field dramas in the past two decades and wants to avoid any public relations disasters involving player misbehaviour during the trip to the US.

Resorts World, which has an 11,000 square metres casino built into it, is located about 45 minutes’ walk from the iconic Bellagio Hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard and one hour from the Park MGM hotel.
Resorts World in Las Vegas, where the NRL players are expected to be based.

Resorts World in Las Vegas, where the NRL players are expected to be based.

The Resorts World complex has three hotels within its precinct, including the largest Hilton property in the world; a 59-storey building with more than 3500 rooms.

The other hotels are the Conrad Las Vegas and Crockfords Las Vegas. The Crockfords is considered the high-end hotel of the precinct. It’s understood the NRL is considering giving the “home” teams preference on which hotel they want to stay at.

Accommodation in the centre of Las Vegas would cost the NRL millions of dollars more than a deal at Resorts World.

There are also concerns about getting players in and out of congested hotels and roads on the main part of Las Vegas Boulevard, which won’t be a factor on the south side of town.
The NRL clubs will be about three kilometres from the iconic Bellagio Hotel.

The NRL clubs will be about three kilometres from the iconic Bellagio Hotel.CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES

The NRL and club representatives will head to the US on a research mission, in either October or November, to get to know the area and plan for the event.

The Brisbane Broncos have formed a partnership with NFL club Los Angeles Rams. They will base themselves in California for the first part of their trip.

The Sydney Roosters, who also plan to spend time in Los Angeles, are in discussions with the University of California about a partnership deal.

South Sydney are still deciding whether to base themselves in Los Angeles or San Diego before arriving in Las Vegas for the NRL’s official launch on Wednesday, February 28.

Where the clubs plan on staying in America​

  • Sydney Roosters: Expected to fly into Los Angeles for 5-6 days before arriving in Las Vegas on February 28.
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs: Deciding between basing themselves in San Diego or Los Angeles for 8-9 days before arriving in Las Vegas on February 28.
  • Brisbane Broncos: Expected to fly into Los Angeles for 5-6 days before arriving in Las Vegas on February 28.
  • Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles: Expected to fly straight to Las Vegas and base themselves there for 9-10 days.
The NRL double-header at Allegiant Stadium, the venue for the NFL Super Bowl on February 11, will be played on Saturday, March 2 (Sunday afternoonAEST).

The Roosters will play the Broncos while Russell Crowe’s Souths will face Manly, who are hoping Hollywood star and pretend Sea Eagles supporter Hugh Jackman will help promote the game.
Did you add the word 'pretend' to the last line Terry?
 

eagleron

Bencher
Turbo could probably still find an injury if the game was played on a field of marshmallows and he was wrapped head to toe in a thick layer of fairy floss, but yeah, artificial turf would not be great. Interesting that the NFL is backing away from artificial turf on the back of a season-ending injury in the first round of their season:


So it's good to know they should at least be playing on grass.

But I still think it's crazy that we'll be playing our opening game in the US, then flying back to play round two. We're just not a strong enough team to overcome a slow start to a season (hell, we can't even overcome a strong start to a season), so I can't understand why we're going out of our way to handicap ourselves for no apparent benefit.
The NRL must have offered Plenn a juicy carrot to entice us over there or perhaps Penn is putting the team on show in order to attract a wealthy American buyer, nothing would surprise me where he's concerned
 

robbiea

First Grader
Tipping Member
Article states to keep players away from the strip ,when after looking it up ,its right on the strip.
Nfi.
 

ManlyArmy

Bencher
I stayed at Resorts World for a conference last year. Great base for the players, North (not South) of the strip as well so away from everything
 
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Eagle 1

First Grader
I stayed at Resorts World for a conference last year. Great base for the players, North (not South) of the strip as well so away from everything
Sounds good MA, what's the main thing to have a punt on in Resort World, wouldn't want the players to get hooked playing black jack and slots till the early hours of the morning with a game pending...lol.
 

Jay Eagle

Reserve Grader
There is no reason why this double header shouldn't be a sell out on Vegas and the NRL a hit on the US..
If the NRL are serious they need to put their money into flooding the US with promo videos and adverts
They can do a 3 minute wrap on the game.. feature some big hits ( george on Munster went viral, the Gauc hit on Olam, victor radley has a few beauties, even throw in Matai,) then add a few long range tries.
They have Turbo, Teddy, Trell and Grease lightning all playing, so throw up their nicknames on screen followed by a few of their electrifying runs.
All set to Tina Turners Simply the best and it's a no brainer
 

MuzztheEagle

Bencher
There is no reason why this double header shouldn't be a sell out on Vegas and the NRL a hit on the US..
If the NRL are serious they need to put their money into flooding the US with promo videos and adverts
They can do a 3 minute wrap on the game.. feature some big hits ( george on Munster went viral, the Gauc hit on Olam, victor radley has a few beauties, even throw in Matai,) then add a few long range tries.
They have Turbo, Teddy, Trell and Grease lightning all playing, so throw up their nicknames on screen followed by a few of their electrifying runs.
All set to Tina Turners Simply the best and it's a no brainer
Yeah, I can't imagine RL ever making serious inroads in the US. With the amount that soccer has grown over there and mainly due to parents concerns around concussion risk to their kids, people are likely to freak out at the idea of big hits without head protection (even when wearing helmets actually makes things worse).
I think it will be great fun...but I'd rather they fixed things up back here if they've got big money to throw around!
 

lsz

First Grader
Staff member
There is a reason why Tina Turner worked 30 years ago....as did long form content like 3 minute videos.
 

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