What we are voting today and what IMG is proposing is not going change the sport.
If anyone in this room, believes that, you are being blinded by a nice presentation and big words from a company that understands nothing about Rugby League and it’s communities.
What IMG still fails to demonstrate in this plan is how any of these will bring more attention to the sport.
Nothing about marketing has been mentioned, nothing about helping clubs on running foundations and giving them the support need has been mentioned.
They have put unfunded financial expectations on clubs, but with no information on how this will bring in more revenues we know nothing about a Sky TV deal, we know nothing about central funding.
Yet we are expected today to vote in IMG to control this sport, for the next decade, with zero financial benefit coming in.
Don’t be fooled by pretty words such as ‘standards’.
Standards already exists throughout all leagues of this sport. They have existed for years. If Keighley was to be promoted this season, or Batley did win the Grand Final last season.
We know that we would have to reach standards to be allowed up. Which at the moment neither ourselves or Batley would meet. Fair deal, we get that.
Yet, what IMG masquerades on false promises selling this vision that ‘this will elevate the standard of the sport’ is a lie.
There is no money on offer to elevate the standards, it is simply a way to allow the elites to sail away and leave the rest of the sport adrift.
If this proposal goes ahead, it will be the death of Championship, League One and other heartland clubs. Simple and straight forward.
Anyone voting for these measures will be an accomplice to this tragedy and the sport will one day remember your names.
Fans will be pushed even further away from the sport, and Sky money will reduce over time even further.
We should be sitting in this room talking how the RFL need to build a cutting-edge marketing department, full of talent to promote the sport and get eyeballs on it.
How they have signed perhaps an Elton John / or Madonna level artist to perform at the final of The Super League and Challenge Cup final and recreate the massive success that Super Bowl gets every year by following this strategy.
How everyone should be looking at what Derek Beaumont is doing at Leigh matches and making an entertaining show for everyone to see and how we should replicate that.
Yet, none of these are actually mentioned or described in this arrogant plan by IMG.
So, I ask all of you to put the self-interest of your own club aside, and think: Has this plan and IMG told us how they plan to drive more fans and make the sport more interesting by marketing it?
Or have they said that standards will be raised and miraculously because of that, fans and Sky will be interested in the sport simply because we now give 1.5points depending on where you are based?
This is the main question you must ask yourselves. The answer is simple.
They have not produced anything that proves this sport will be in a better place with their grading system, so my vote and your vote should be against these proposals.
Well said we need to stop this madness
Like 1996 it’s all about the top clubs . Sheer greed .
This plan is not in the best interests of Rugby League at Keighley .
Well said. Similar to the points we raised at Hunslet last night.
Typical rugby league always coming up with stupid ideas. The definition of sport is an activity where a team or individual competes against others for entertainment and something to play for whether that is aiming for promotion or fighting to avoid relegation. What’s the point of attending meaningless games.
It is obvious the people who have come up with these new rules are clueless.
Time for all the other teams to pull away from super league, which it isn’t, and form their own leagues, including the conference leagues too
I dont agree with you. IMG is an amazing company with enormous experience in the field of sports. They know what they are doing
Img have proven with other sports that they change the face of the sport, but the biggest problem with rugby league is the anchor of legacy teams that have a deep history but no relevance to today’s game, getting lower level teams to grow their fan base is pure fantasy ,they are in old grounds,poor facilities with the fantasy they could go far, whilst we who know and love the game and have at times invested in the game, we have to face facts ,you cannot polish a turd , which is everything outside super League.
big clubs are greedy there not bothered about rugby league only self interest ithink its time to consider a split it may sound drastic but these clubs dont have the interest of others at heart athe policy of markerting what they are paying this company could have been used on promoting the game but greed is a big factor iam considering i wont desert my club but anything RL related YES finals etc