Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by mdaclarke, Mar 17, 2020.
And which ones can't?
All unions will take a hit. That hit will eventually see wages reduced for a few years. Some players who just signed new contracts got lucky. That's my take on it. I think the club teams might be hit more than the unions.
I I'm being honest the fate of the unions is not really something I care about anymore. As long as grass roots rugby comes out of this the rest is irrelevant.
learnt something interesting yesterday
the AFL players union signed a new control within the last couple of years, players accepted a small raise in pay but negotiated primarily a share of profits....coming to bite them in the arse not seeing as there wont be profit for a couple of years
Agreed, it may even level the playing field between NH and SH a bit as although both are losing revenue the NH will be losing more.
USA Rugby filing for bankruptcy. First of many?
Aussies have stood down 75% of their staff until June 30th and is projecting a loss of $120 million revenue with the entire international season wiped out. Not unexpected, but you'd worry about the sport when this is all said and done.
Yeah it's hard to see Australia coming back from that considering how bad things have gotten over there for Union in general recently
When this is all done and dusted I hope rugby and many other sports take a long hard look in the mirror and take the opportunity to reset as behind the glitz of the showcase events they largely seem to be built on foundations of sand. Of course these are exceptional times but we all knew the fault lines were there.
Coronavirus was just the nail in the coffin. USA rugby would have gone bankrupt years ago if it wasn’t for world rugby. They probably would have declared after nationals this spring as they couldn’t afford to host them.
If you’re Union was strong before this it will be fine. Nothing was saving USA rugby.
Do you think rugby will be okay over there, or is this a major blow to the growth of the game?
Most of the Tier 1 countries will probably be fine I think, with the exception of Australia, and potentially the Celts (especially Scotland) if this goes on long enough). Tier 2 is the bigger worry for me, a lot of unions could struggle to stay afloat.
MLR is fine. It's only relationship with USA Rugby is that USA Rugby sanctions it.
The most likely solution is that a bare-boned national governing body will run the national teams while competitions will begin to run themselves. Frankly, large national structures are unamerican and regional/state based associations make the most sense. Colleges have been doing their own thing for awhile and the club game will become more local based. USA Rugby would just need to sanction all the events and let the rugby sort itself out. There's enough people here who love rugby enough to volunteer their time to make sure there is rugby every Saturday and that each Saturday the rugby gets better.
Honestly, not having as much of our dues go to the national body can only be good for USA Rugby. We need local leadership (I swear to god I'm not a Republican) with money who can do more to grow the game.
USA Rugby filed for bankruptcy. https://www.cbssports.com/general/n...nkruptcy-in-the-wake-of-coronavirus-outbreak/
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