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The Las Vegas Thread

yakstorm

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Seating map for Allegiant Stadium (blue indicates seats available). Encouragingly an additional 12 bays have been opened up on the top level in the past 48 hours, and already some solid sales have been made in some of them.

Excluding the middle 10 bays in the lower bowl, which were put on hold for travellers (so unsure how many have been moved), breakdown of sales is as follows:

Lower Bowl: 13,200
Middle Tier: 2,600
Top Tier: 2,200

If you include those middle 10 bays, it puts the lower bowl around the 19,000 mark. Best estimates we are somewhere between 18,000 - 23,500 for sales so far.

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Old Rusty must've got his appearance fee cleared

Crowe’s secret meeting to sell NRL in America


South Sydney co-owner and Hollywood superstar Russell Crowe is taking a significant behind-the-scenes role in the NRL’s Las Vegas adventure, but another big-name actor, Hugh Jackman, is proving hard to lock down.
Crowe is not really known for his background work, but that is what he is doing for the NRL as rugby league’s governing body looks to gain traction in the US before the historic season-opening double-header on March 3.

Sources with knowledge of the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the talks, said Crowe recently had a face-to-face meeting with NRL executives, but no one at head office was willing to confirm the discussions, let alone divulge any of the details of what took place. But other sources say Crowe is playing a significant role in the NRL’s American mission.
NRL officials also want to get passionate Sea Eagles fan Jackman involved, but they are still trying to lock him down.

Crowe has made it clear to league officials that selling the game in the US will be tough. He is happy to be in the background and it is highly unlikely you will see him at the NRL’s upcoming media sessions in Las Vegas. He is busy in his day job, making movies after having time off due to the strike by Hollywood writers and actors.
Crowe is a strong supporter of the NRL’s bid to break into the US market. His Rabbitohs are front and centre in the NRL’s push to capitalise on America’s love of contact sport.

It was always thought Crowe and Jackman would be the frontmen for the South Sydney v Manly clash, but unless there is a last-minute change of plan, neither will be at the NRL’s launch this month.
It also remains to be seen whether Crowe will be with Souths when they go into camp in San Diego in February, before moving to Vegas.

The NRL has tried, largely unsuccessfully, to get a gauge on whether Jackman will help promote the Vegas event. Given his Manly team will open the season, it would have been a coup, but now the NRL is working on linking with other sports and their stars to promote the event.
There is no question Crowe’s connections will come in handy as the NRL looks to create some buzz in the busy American market.
 

Canard

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So this is a long winded way of saying Russell Crowe isn't going to promote it, and it looks like Hugh Jackman is also.

Which is hilarious because it seems like the only reason Manly and Souths were chosen
 

yakstorm

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Jackman is a big loss. Rabbitohs at least have some awareness in the US thanks to Crowe previously, and it reads like he may still do some things on the side, but Manly would have almost zero brand awareness.

Souths claim the likes of Affleck, Cruise, Snoop Dogg, Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno and Oprah as fans, the NRL & them need to somehow leverage those relationships, even if it's just a social post 'wishing them luck'.
 

Wb1234

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Old Rusty must've got his appearance fee cleared

Crowe’s secret meeting to sell NRL in America


South Sydney co-owner and Hollywood superstar Russell Crowe is taking a significant behind-the-scenes role in the NRL’s Las Vegas adventure, but another big-name actor, Hugh Jackman, is proving hard to lock down.
Crowe is not really known for his background work, but that is what he is doing for the NRL as rugby league’s governing body looks to gain traction in the US before the historic season-opening double-header on March 3.

Sources with knowledge of the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the talks, said Crowe recently had a face-to-face meeting with NRL executives, but no one at head office was willing to confirm the discussions, let alone divulge any of the details of what took place. But other sources say Crowe is playing a significant role in the NRL’s American mission.
NRL officials also want to get passionate Sea Eagles fan Jackman involved, but they are still trying to lock him down.

Crowe has made it clear to league officials that selling the game in the US will be tough. He is happy to be in the background and it is highly unlikely you will see him at the NRL’s upcoming media sessions in Las Vegas. He is busy in his day job, making movies after having time off due to the strike by Hollywood writers and actors.
Crowe is a strong supporter of the NRL’s bid to break into the US market. His Rabbitohs are front and centre in the NRL’s push to capitalise on America’s love of contact sport.

It was always thought Crowe and Jackman would be the frontmen for the South Sydney v Manly clash, but unless there is a last-minute change of plan, neither will be at the NRL’s launch this month.
It also remains to be seen whether Crowe will be with Souths when they go into camp in San Diego in February, before moving to Vegas.

The NRL has tried, largely unsuccessfully, to get a gauge on whether Jackman will help promote the Vegas event. Given his Manly team will open the season, it would have been a coup, but now the NRL is working on linking with other sports and their stars to promote the event.
There is no question Crowe’s connections will come in handy as the NRL looks to create some buzz in the busy American market.
Building the souths brand globally means more money for his club
 

wittyfan

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V’landys and Abdo should have checked Jackman’s availability before sending Manly over there. What a mess!
 

yakstorm

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Some pretty solid sales since Friday, especially on the middle tier. Updated numbers:

- Lower Bowl: 13,250 (Excluding middle bays)
- Middle Tier: 3,750
- Top Tier: 2,600

Puts sales between 19,600 and 25,200 depending how many tickets have been sold in the 10 sideline bays.
 

Wb1234

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Some pretty solid sales since Friday, especially on the middle tier. Updated numbers:

- Lower Bowl: 13,250 (Excluding middle bays)
- Middle Tier: 3,750
- Top Tier: 2,600

Puts sales between 19,600 and 25,200 depending how many tickets have been sold in the 10 sideline bays.
Over 2k plus sold in two weeks that’s excellent

thanks for the update
 
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Old Rusty must've got his appearance fee cleared

Crowe’s secret meeting to sell NRL in America


South Sydney co-owner and Hollywood superstar Russell Crowe is taking a significant behind-the-scenes role in the NRL’s Las Vegas adventure, but another big-name actor, Hugh Jackman, is proving hard to lock down.
Crowe is not really known for his background work, but that is what he is doing for the NRL as rugby league’s governing body looks to gain traction in the US before the historic season-opening double-header on March 3.

Sources with knowledge of the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the talks, said Crowe recently had a face-to-face meeting with NRL executives, but no one at head office was willing to confirm the discussions, let alone divulge any of the details of what took place. But other sources say Crowe is playing a significant role in the NRL’s American mission.
NRL officials also want to get passionate Sea Eagles fan Jackman involved, but they are still trying to lock him down.

Crowe has made it clear to league officials that selling the game in the US will be tough. He is happy to be in the background and it is highly unlikely you will see him at the NRL’s upcoming media sessions in Las Vegas. He is busy in his day job, making movies after having time off due to the strike by Hollywood writers and actors.
Crowe is a strong supporter of the NRL’s bid to break into the US market. His Rabbitohs are front and centre in the NRL’s push to capitalise on America’s love of contact sport.

It was always thought Crowe and Jackman would be the frontmen for the South Sydney v Manly clash, but unless there is a last-minute change of plan, neither will be at the NRL’s launch this month.
It also remains to be seen whether Crowe will be with Souths when they go into camp in San Diego in February, before moving to Vegas.

The NRL has tried, largely unsuccessfully, to get a gauge on whether Jackman will help promote the Vegas event. Given his Manly team will open the season, it would have been a coup, but now the NRL is working on linking with other sports and their stars to promote the event.
There is no question Crowe’s connections will come in handy as the NRL looks to create some buzz in the busy American market.
This article is not behind a paywall.
 

Titanic

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Is the issue ticket sales or filling the stadium? It's illogical that the same fans will return in 2025 so I assume it's about the appearance of a full stadium for the broadcasters. Give the nose-bleed tickets away at the buffets all over town and contract AC/DC for the halftimes. Who knows what really transpired with the Hollywood grandees but personally, Crowe and Jackman are anything but essential except to be used in advertising. Surely the Fox mafioso can rustle-up (no pun intended) some glitterati.
 

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