I'd like to see the NZRL have a stake in NZ2 and run an academy that feeds into it. Base the team and academy in Wellington.And they're trying to play it so that broadcasters in NZ carry the majority of the cost and as a result they get the extra content cheap, which in turn is why the V'landys, Abdo, and the ARLC are signalling that NZ is next, and why NZ will almost certainly get the 18th license.
Any other bid is banking on another NZ side being totally unfeasible, which is possible, but a slim hope none the less.
Despite having a salary cap, our competition is dominated by Roosters and Storm. Panthers have now entered the mix.I would be against removing the salary cap per se or having some sort of equalisation method. What you could do is remove the grant or severely limit it and in turn put a massive grant in place for relocation. That would have a somewhat similar effect to what you’re proposing without it going down the route of the EPL
That's why I get the shits with the current system. It panders too much to the status quo and has stalled the game's expansion. The tough decisions are never made and new clubs are deliberately handicapped from the beginning to appease the self-interest of existing clubs, state bodies and News Ltd. The only new team that was given a solid foundation and aid was the Storm, who've been very successful.Well start by having equal expectations, if they are saying a new club has to invest $2mill In jnrs (that’s the nrl club not the LC) then make that the same for every club. Then set ticket prices at a reasonable amount same for all clubs. $5 kid jnrs and $20 adult GA. Then insist clubs spend $500k on promotion and game day experience. Basically they have to spend $10mill on players, $2 mill on jnrs and $1mill on marketing, game day and membership from the grant. The fact clubs are given $3mill plus plus to cover their operating losses and just keep treading water needs to change.
if nrl was serious and had balls it could put $25million start up cash and a further $2million extra grant a year for ten years on the table for relocation. Would a club move for $45million? Maybe, maybe not.
But Vlandys is all about tribalism and suburbia so will never happen.