New Super League board outlines its vision

The new Super League board, made up of a representative from each of its member clubs, says it is committed to growing itself and the wider game.

Initial discussions have been held with the RFL with a view to improving the quality of the competition, its financial strength, its valuation and its profile.

This management and commercial review is to be undertaken within the overall context of growing and strengthening the game of Rugby League in its entirety, particularly at community and grassroots level.

Brian Barwick, Chairman of both Super League (Europe) and of The Rugby Football League, stated: “Recent seasons have produced a continuous period of financial stability in Super League as well as a compelling and highly competitive league.

“It is only right now that Super League reviews all realistic and practical ways to strengthen itself further and it can only be good that this is done in open and collaborative discussion and review with the Rugby Football League.

“A strong and competitive Super League is a prerequisite to a strong game overall, both domestically and internationally.

“The years ahead will provide some fantastic commercial opportunities for Rugby League both in this country and internationally, its constituent bodies will continue to work together to best access and exploit these.”

The common objective of both Super League and the RFL is to raise the profile of the game with investors, the media, sponsors and the public alike.


    • This has always been the basic problem for the game-where the bulk of its money will end up? If it all finishes with all the money in SL hands it’s very likely to mean a game/sport with a diminishing geographical footprint, player pool and support base. The phrase competing with ru is a bit of a give away about how the monies will mostly be used for…. player retention and recruitment. Addressing the profile and valuation of the sport are the things that have been sadly lacking forever.

      • I have to admit I’m close to giving up on the whole thing. The game has thrown away every opportunity it ever had. We’re going backwards in terms of development, and the endless changes of rules and structures are hard to fathom and keep up with. I still say hand the running of the sport over to the NRL, the aren’t restricted by worries over the other game, they just get on with things. The TV deals at present don’t help for fans. BBC and their grudging commentary comes directly from the 1930s with the perpetual flat hat, miners, dockers, and whippet on string image. Sky very expensive as they have to fund football, and now Premier Sports have lost the NRL to anew streaming service the cost of which is being kept quiet. I suspect we’ll get a nasty shock compared to the £9.99 monthly PremierSports cost. I’ve tried watching the other game, to me it’s awful, so slow and lacking in basic skills, football is too soft, American sports dull, and nothing else catches the eye. I suspect in a few years the sport will be reduced to going cap in hand to the RFU looking for a rapprochement.

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