Can we survive?

Discussion in 'St George Illawarra Dragons' started by Wittenberg, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. BigH

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    It's going to be hard to survive, the NRL wants a national competition. So some local clubs will not survive
    What we need is a new ceo and staff to prevent this and the club must perform on the field
     
  2. Mr Red

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    and crownies?
     
  3. Mr Red

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    less teams in Sydney has been on the agenda for a number of years, with the NRL hoping some would die off financially before the NRL had to step in and exclude some by withdrawing the license.

    West Tigers look like they could fold naturally soon, however a couple more clubs would have to make room as well.
    ideally as much as most supporters on both sides would hate it, the logical scenario is we merge with the Sharks to form a southern sydney superclub.
     
  4. BennyV

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    I dont see why people would hate this so much...I mean, as long as we play Sydney home games exclusively out of Kogarah, keep the traditional Red V as our home jersey, our alternate strip pays homage to the Illawarra region, we keep the 'Dragons' logo, dont have any mention of Cronulla or Sharks, priority seating given to existing Red V fans, and Cronulla fans are prevented from attending any games, I see no issue...
     
  5. The Nick

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    According to who? Gallop was opposed to culling any Sydney teams, Smith never put it on his agenda.

    There's only ever been talk of expansion - Grant clarified that when the time is right 2 new franchises will be added, but there still isn't a set timeline for that.

    Any talk of a Sydney team being culled or relocated as always been pure speculation from the media and fans. I know there was a push for a team to relocate to the central coast but even that's been dead in the water for several years now.
     
  6. Mr Red

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    exactly :)
     
  7. Objective View

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    Maybe because Saint George and Illawarra was meant to be a super club itself.

    Hasn't quite worked out that way.

    Straight Shooter
     
  8. SBD82

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    Needs a Rothfield clause.
     
  9. bottle

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    I'm on board with this.
     
  10. Saints Forever

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    Yes that would turn clock back 50 years to when our little brother the sharks were playing in the second division with Penrith and Wentworthville.

    Makes sense but can't see this happening now that Cronulla is getting a massive property development windfall.
     
  11. Wittenberg

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    Anyone who thinks we are not 'owned' by the NRL should read Masters' column in today's SMH. Why on earth would we sign a Participation Agreement if we were not being held over a barrel? Perhaps us, WT, Newcastle and the Titans know more and are better run than the other clubs?
     
  12. Acka

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    I do remember reading that Penrith asked the NRL for a loan but it was on the proviso they signed a participation agreement. They didn't want to so they got a loan from a bank
     
  13. Objective View

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    Just waiting for The Dick to chime in with a nonsensical rebuke.

    Straight Shooter
     
  14. Mr Red

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    so we may not be "owned" by the NRL, but definitely "pwned" by them...
    i guess thats what you're saying... ;-)
     
  15. grouch

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    Absolutely spot on.

    The NRL didnt need to install their own dummy board at the Dragons, because they already had one
     
  16. Hills Dragon

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    I think St George Leagues Club management needs to look at developing a huge club in Hurstville with hundreds of gaming machnes (although I personally hate them), where they can make some serious money. This is an area with a large Asian population who love to gamble, and a central location with a large railway hub. Then, and only then, can the club compete financially, unless we can find a billionaire or a friendly multi-millionaire actor. The current leagues club is too far from public transport and high-density housing.
     
  17. Saints Forever

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    Problem is such a site in Hurstville is not achievable given the cost of real estate in CBD Hurstville.

    Club has partially suffered because we don't play regularly out of Kogarah anymore.

    Desperately needs an upgrade and change of direction.

    Nothing has changed at the club for decades. Naturally poor admin has left the club well behind its competitors.

    It constitutes a prime redevelopment site in the next property boom.

    Canterbury Leagues Club, has a variety of excellent restaurants and a large gym.

    It is a modern relevant facility. St.Georges Leagues is stuck in a time warp.
     
  18. Get2dachopper!

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    Yes but haven't you heard the constant rhetoric from doust that the leagues club needs to scale back funding to the footy club? What will it matter where the club is and how much money it makes if that's the case. Something doesn't add up.
     
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    Maybe because the Leagues Club is on a clear downward spiral. Wollongong Club is in the same boat.

    Maybe Doust thinks the next pay TV deal Doust will fund the footy side purely from TV revenue.

    With training facilities effectively based in Wollongong and Doust move to play at ANZ or the Olympic Stadium, perhaps the directors may feel there is little point in supporting a footy side that is no longer solely devoted to the local St George area community. They are supposed to spend money on local community sport.
     
  20. The Nick

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    Nonsense is your MO.

    Apparently irony is too.
     

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