West Coast Pirates Bid News

Discussion in 'NRL Expansion' started by dimitri, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. Diesel

    Diesel First Grade

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    That comment “best I can say at the moment is stay tuned”

    Not even PR can whinge at that comment... wait, he will
     
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  2. beave

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    I disagree on the Titans. They were smashing on the door for inclusion, had wonderful crowds the first 3-4 years. You can blame their plight purely on Searles ambition. He f**ked up by building the CoE just before the GFC and it all came crumbling down around him (literally) He couldn’t pay contractors, he tried palming off corporate suites as payment. He also tripled the cost of a corprate box (my best mates old man is a well known real estate agent on the GC and he told Searle to shove it up his ass on the phone after 3 years of corporate box support due to astronomical increase in cost)

    Once the initial 3-4 years wore off and he’d burnt many a local by not paying them, you have what you see today. It’s going to take years to get back tom17-18k averages again. Shame because that stadium is very nice.
     
  3. Perth Red

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    Fck off we’ve been tuned in since 2011! Nothing new, more hot air from nrl administrators, heard it too many times over last 8 years. I’ll get excited when they announce that they ARE expanding.
     
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  4. Perth Red

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    Don’t get the titans hate
    Are they the worse team on the field? Nope
    Are they the worse supported team in the comp? Nope
    Do they have the shtist facilities? Not by a long shot

    Sure they got into financial strife but aren’t the only ones and probably won’t be the last.
     
  5. titoelcolombiano

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    I agree, they don't give us much to go on. But from the comments we've heard, it is likely that they will prepare for their inclusion when the new TV deal kicks off in 2023. The negotiations would then likely include an extra game.

    I certainly hope they are thinking this way anyway. Because a 17th team needs an 18th to create the extra game which then puts Brissy 2 in the box seat.
     
  6. Diesel

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    How much are the new owners doing to mend Searle’s damage? From an outsider, the new owners are an extension of the older owners which the NRL took over.
     
  7. Diesel

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    I agree, Perth are overdue for a team.
     
  8. Perth Red

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    Undecided on Beattie and his enthusiasm for expansion. Either he is just being a politician and telling people what they want to hear, or he genuinely wants to drive NRL expansion. Time will tell.
    2023 is certainly looking the best window of opportunity, barring unforeseen disasters:
    Clubs should be sustainable with the sht load of money they are now getting and the caps in place
    Perth has proved time and again it wants a club
    Brisbane2 is a no brainer
    The NRL has digital streaming opportunities so doesnt have to sell very game to FTA and PayTV, it could hold some back to drive its own subscriptions if it is serious about being a producer and seller of content to the customer.

    Saying that, I felt positive in 2011 and 2016 that the TV deals would be big enough to incorporate expansion but never happened so not holding my breath for 2023 either!
     
  9. Vee

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    I think Beatit is pro-expansion but is hamstrung by the financial situation of the NRL despite successive record deals because the ARLC/NRL has pissed that money away.
     
  10. Billythekid

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    The problem isn't a lack of money (the game would be better off financially if we expanded). The problem is too many self interest parties, namely the clubs, clamouring to take every last penny they can and turning down anything that has even a slight chance of impacting the Grady train.

    This isn't like the AFL plonking down teams into areas which don't want one and already have an AFL team to get behind, where TV ratings are awful.

    We'd be putting one team in QLD which would be a huge bonus to TV ratings and likely a big drawer crowds wise. We'd also be adding in Perth which has a solid fan base and would add great value to the TV deal (besides just adding an extra game).

    Also in general NRL teams are cheaper to run. I don't believe for a second that this next round of expansion will be all that costly to the NRL or the clubs.
     
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  12. ALX25

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    How is the junior development going? Will there be an improvement next year? How will this be communicated to the wider community?
     
  13. Perth Red

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    I don’t think it’s fair to judge by sg ball results. Sg ball is the toughest under 18’s comp in world and we are up against clubs with many millions of pokie funds and large player bases. As well as the two nrl players produced so far we have a about 20 in Q’land cup and nsw Cup.

    Below this we are doing great with ever growing number of jnr clubs and kids taking up the game. Will take another few decades but if we keep up the hard work we will get there.
     
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  14. ALX25

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    Whoever is doing the social media currently, is doing a much better job for NRL WA/West Coast Pirates. Good to see, as there was an issue with some clubs, let's hope the better relationship now continues to grow.
     
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    Some strong South African links from WA announced in squad,

    Former West Coast Pirates and Willagee Bears forward Shane Gillham says it’s an honour to be selected to represent his country after being named in the South Africa Rhinos’ 21-man squad to face Malta this weekend.

    “It’s definitely a big privilege to be able to represent South Africa. When I played my first test I was speechless,” he said.

    Gillham, who currently plays for the Tweed Head Seagulls in the Intrust Premiership, headlines a list of six WA-connected players named to the squad who will travel to Sydney next weekend.

    The 22-year-old will play alongside South Perth duo Tyler Thomas and Willem Boshoff, Rockingham utility Will Smith, former Joondalup junior Jean-Charl Smith and Johann Louw.

    https://nrlwa.com.au/gillham-headlines-wa-stars-in-south-african-rhinos-side/
     

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