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Raiders on the brink?

By johnboy - 28 November 2011 8

Sports News First has a worrying tone for Raiders fans as they dicsuss the trials of getting a decent sponsor when you’re never on the tele.

NRL chief executive David Gallop is refusing to pull any strings in helping Canberra secure free-to-air games in a bid to attract a major sponsor for 2012.

With no sponsor and the threat of financial insolvency, Gallop told ABC Grandstand the Raiders will have to win their games in order to attract interest from Channel Nine.

Not even a place in the top four will guarantee the Green Machine a primetime slot which is one less carrot to entice sponsors to jump on board the club.

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8 Responses to
Raiders on the brink?
woppadingo 10:40 am 29 Nov 11

Maybe Mr Gallop is thinking that the NRL can live without the Raiders, that the AFL can have Canberra.
If he cannot support the Raiders in Canberra, he will never ever gain a foothold in Adelaide or Perth. It would be an admission that the NRL has lost the battle to be the No1 sport in the country. And it would also show weakness that the A League will exploit.
One thing I can be certain of is that if the Raiders fold, I will be lost to Rugby League forever.

Chop71 10:19 am 29 Nov 11

I’d like this suggestion from dungfungus

What about the ACT Labor clubs who must be looking for a cause to spend the $500k pa they can no longer give to the ACT Labor party?

much more than ACTEW kicking the can and making us all feel warm and fuzzy while jacking up our utility prices. I know you will find it hard, but please stay out of it ActewAGL

Roadrage77 9:55 am 29 Nov 11

Overly-dramatic headline.

MrMagoo 9:08 am 29 Nov 11

The Raiders are always quick to lament their lack of FTA games. However, when they do get them they bemoan the impact it has on the gate takings. Sorry guys but you can’t have it both ways. So long as FTA coverage pays the bills for the NRL they will decide which teams get FTA coverage based on ‘perceived’ levels of support in the broader RL viewing community not just in Canberra. Securing a long term major sponsor is not tied to FTA coverage given that most games are shown live on FOX and yes while a lot of people are not subscribers a hell of a lot are and there is more cov erage o Rugby Lague on FOX than there is on FTA by a long way.

dungfungus 8:52 am 29 Nov 11

Lazy I said :

Ronnielane said :

How is a lack of a major sponsor a reflection of the Raiders solvency?

Did the quote from the article make that link? “With no sponsor and the threat of financial insolvency” as far as I read that, it’s two separate problems.

I’m not sure why TV coverage is such a big deal.. if my commercial business was on a Raiders jersey I wouldn’t want anyone to see it.

Please, no bailouts from the government or any of their subsidiaries (but TransACT is OK to sponsor now with its own money)
I would not like to see the Raiders fold but they are a business in a worsening economic climate and are subject to market forces. What about the ACT Labor clubs who must be looking for a cause to spend the $500k pa they can no longer give to the ACT Labor party?
I suspect the Brumbies, Capitals and the proposed A League soccer team are all going to have a difficult time from now on.

Ex Warrior 7:49 am 29 Nov 11

Couple of points;
– NRL relies on TV revenue and TV relies on advertising revenue. The more people that watch the program, the higher the revenue charged for advertising. Why would they put a low rating and unpopular team on?
– If was in the position to splash out and sponsor I would not want to deal with the current office staff/board. Their comments are far too unprofessional.
– Heaven forbid if the revenue from the rattlers drops dramatially at the Quangers Leagues Club
– Perhaps a little effort on game day wouldn’t hurt either, live bands, entertainment….

Lazy I 10:14 pm 28 Nov 11

Ronnielane said :

How is a lack of a major sponsor a reflection of the Raiders solvency?

Did the quote from the article make that link? “With no sponsor and the threat of financial insolvency” as far as I read that, it’s two separate problems.

I’m not sure why TV coverage is such a big deal.. if my commercial business was on a Raiders jersey I wouldn’t want anyone to see it.

Ronnielane 9:15 pm 28 Nov 11

How is a lack of a major sponsor a reflection of the Raiders solvency?

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