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Could Super League Be Back In Five Weeks Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:01 am  

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Could Super League Be Back In Five Weeks





August could see a return to Super League when the twelve topflight clubs meet today to agree a schedule for restarting the top tier of the game, in order to achieve a meaningful season.

The return to action in the Championship and Championship One is, however, still unclear after failure to meet a consensus amongst the clubs and the RFL during an online meeting earlier in the week.

With sport restarting across the globe after the COVID-19 pandemic, Super League will have one eye on the end of the Football Premier League fixtures on the 26th July (the FA Cup Final being played on the 1st August) with a view to filling the SKY TV schedules on the first weekend of August.

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2nd August official. Three games that day with everybody else inc us the week after.
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Void the season

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Why?

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The goalposts have been shifted dramatically in terms of the structure of the season taking away any integrity it had previously. Injuries, fixtures, home advantages, the general way a season runs.

Games behind closed doors are dreadful.

We are not fully clear from this virus yet and there are more important things to consider than sport.

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Egg Chasing wrote:
The goalposts have been shifted dramatically in terms of the structure of the season taking away any integrity it had previously. Injuries, fixtures, home advantages, the general way a season runs.

Games behind closed doors are dreadful.

We are not fully clear from this virus yet and there are more important things to consider than sport.


If it was a direct choice between fans getting their rugby league fix and postponing the sport until a time when the virus is eradicated then you would be right. But we all know there are other factors to consider which is why your arguement doesn't make sense.

If the sport doesn't restart, the Sky money completely dries up and clubs across the board collapse. The sport cant exist as a full time operation = thousands of jobs lost = huge financial and societal implications. Restarting the season may not be enough in the longer term but in the short term it at least preserves some income.

The integrity or quality of the competition is completely irrelevant this year. It doesn't matter who wins, how good the games are or how the comp is structured (although you could make the arguement that the league has more integrity as every team plays each other the same amount of times). Its all about getting the games on and trying to preserve the sports future.

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More important things going on than the sports future IMO and indeed finances.

As for sides playing each other twice, whilst I agree there, some teams aren't playing Cas at a packed Wheldon Rd like some teams have which is a far tougher prospect than playing at an empty shell. Similar for Leeds with a South Stand calling every decision. Playing Wigan with Olly Gildart and playing us without him I imagine are different prospects entirely. If the results of the comp don't matter then just play a bunch of friendlies and show them on sky tv.

The fact that fans cannot attend games (hence the reason for a loss of finances) is, IMO, enough evidence to suggest we shouldn't be playing.
Re: Could Super League Be Back In Five Weeks Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:02 pm  

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Im afraid the game in the UK is dying a slow death and by August there will not be rugby League.Leeds have announced they will lose up to 4 million in the next 18 months! All the best players will play in Aus the rest will be picking litter from the streets :READING:
Re: Could Super League Be Back In Five Weeks Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:26 pm  

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The suggested solution is like a Whitehall Farce as games will only be held at grounds where no football will be taking place, so most clubs including Wigan will be playing all their games away, while clubs like Leeds, St Helens, Warrington etc will still have some home advantage.

If games are not to be played at all grounds, what is the point of playing at all?

It will only make the financial situation of some clubs even worse!
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