Have your say: Are the Hearns the right people to take Rugby League forward?

There has been plenty of talk lately about Eddie and Barry Hearn getting involved with Rugby League and we want to know what you think about the prospect.

In a recent interview with IFL TV, Eddie Hearn is asked about Rugby League fans calling for him and his dad, Barry, to take charge at the Rugby Football League.

And Eddie Hearn even hinted that there has already been initial contact with the sport’s governing body.

He told IFL TV: “We’ve had a couple (of chats)…

“People sometimes look at sports that are struggling and think that we can walk in and give it the Matchroom touch which is a little bit of magic sprinkle that really revolutionises and turns sport around.

“And we’ve done it in snooker, we’ve done it in darts of course, and we’ve done it in boxing.

“People in the Rugby League infrastructure look at us and say we’ve got an unbelievable relationship with Sky – ‘they’ve turned sports around that have been flat’ – could we do that in Rugby League? Yeah, I believe I can do it in all sports but maybe that’s just me being arrogant.”

Nigel Wood has recently left his post as the chief executive of the RFL and the search is currently ongoing for his successor.

And Hearn, a highly-successful promoter in boxing, thinks Matchroom Sport could be beneficial for Rugby League.

He added: “But I believe our infrastructure, our brains, our ability to sell and promote – if we have the right product – it doesn’t mean we could walk into a sport that’s not – we’re talking Rugby League.

“Rugby League is a great sport. Rugby League has a huge fanbase – it’s just in the wrong hands – that’s all. The world’s changed – the way that you promote sport has changed completely and anybody that doesn’t embrace the new age is finished.

“That’s why it’s so difficult for older promoters now. My dad couldn’t come into boxing now and have the same effect that I’m having on it.”

Featherstone Rovers chairman Mark Campbell has also called for Barry Hearn to be appointed as the RFL’s new CEO in recent weeks. 

Do you think the Hearns could have a positive impact on Rugby League? Let us know in the comments below.

17 Comments

  1. The problem they will encounter is the number of negative people in our game who still think it is in its halcyon days of the sixties. We have to embrace the change and look towards the future.

  2. In my short time as a RL fan (almost a year now thanks to the Wolfpack) i must say they the way they manage the sport isn’t anywhere near what you would expect from a fully professional sport in one of the most developed countries. a change is defiantly needed and someone from the outside needs to be brought in, someone without the inferiority complex that seems to have been bread into the sport over the years. the Hearns seem better than anything currently within the RLF.

  3. Rugby league is dying a natural death under the current regime. The game is in total disarray, lacking entertainment, poor officials, unnecessary and complicated rules. Inviting teams from other countries when our own house is not in order.The Hearns no how to promote sport. Give them a chance.

  4. You bet your life they are!
    For decades we have been run by well meaning people and moved forward little.
    Every couple of years we announce the new hope and saviour, the new PR man. Then after a short stint, they’re moving on to greener pastures, leaving us scratching our heads wondering, what they actually done.
    Let rugby league players PLAY rugby league. Let chairmen run their clubs.
    Supporters, support cheer and despair watching their teams.
    LET PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXPERTISE IN PROMOTING AND SELLING, do exactly that!
    What do we have to lose?
    Other, more mediocre sports have over taken us, because they are better run, not because of their product. Union fears our product, and rightly so, but they have shot past us with their inferior product since “turning professional “, they certainly do not fear the way we are run.
    Even our name, super league, is seemingly used by every other sport nowadays. The word rugby, stolen by the other code for themselves, without as much as an , Er,excuse me,by us.
    As much as League has a lot to be grateful for, to SKY TV, they have also done ok out of us.
    Our TV deals compared to say union, are laughable. With the Hearns on board, surely, they could come up with a better deal, be it with SKY or whoever.
    Like they point out, a lot has changed in sport, and its management, it’s promoting and outlets, streaming for example. Technology is moving so fast we cannot be left behind.
    I’m not just talking super league, I’m talking ALL rugby league.
    Also, despite what others say, I think our media coverage is poor.
    Something else that would improve with people like these.
    No brainier for me. Beats a free Stobart deal.
    Get the Hearns and matchroom sport on board now!

  5. Anything to drive this fantastic tough sport forward would be good news. It’s under appreciated and the best sport to watch. More publicity and should have a regular rugby league channel. Hopefully the Hearns can do this if given the chance.PD Warrior.

  6. our beloved sport has lost its way in going forward ,,it is stagnant ..we are losing bodies in the stands at most grounds , the hearns would certainly change all that ,,for the better only time would tell ,,,but big change is needed ,so why not ,,,I say yes ,,

  7. London
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    Difficult one isn’t it? Darts, boxing and snooker are individual pursuits where players/fighters tour or fight in different areas, therefore the promotional concentration is on a particular venue for a big tournament/fight. People flock because it’s only every so often.
    Rugby league needs people going to the same venue every fortnight in big numbers to support their own team all season and that’s a different thing altogether.

    Rugby League already has it’s big events which are reasonably well supported- Challenge Cup Final, Grand Final and Magic weekend and I question whether they can be bettered.
    My question would be: How can Hearns get 10,000 people through the gates at every Super League ground week in, week out?
    Anything else would mean a complete shake up of the game that a lot of diehards would hate

  8. Difficult one isn’t it? Darts, boxing and snooker are individual pursuits where players/fighters tour or fight in different areas, therefore the promotional concentration is on a particular venue for a big tournament/fight. People flock because it’s only every so often.
    Rugby league needs people going to the same venue every fortnight in big numbers to support their own team all season and that’s a different thing altogether.

    Rugby League already has it’s big events which are reasonably well supported- Challenge Cup Final, Grand Final and Magic weekend and I question whether they can be bettered.
    My question would be: How can Hearns get 10,000 people through the gates at every Super League ground week in, week out?
    Anything else would mean a complete shake up of the game that a lot of diehards would hate

  9. Rugby League needs to be on mainstream TV & not on SKY or other pay per view channels, so just remember that these are the same ‘Hearns’ that took Boxing from Saturday nights free on ITV to pay view SKY and now pay again on SKY Box Office, but hey … anybody that can sell Haye V Bellew not just once but twice and pass it off as entertainment deserve as shot at it, because what we’ve had in the past, couldn’t run a bath !!!!!!!!

  10. It’s not only HKR where you can smell the desperation,RL fans have a look of someone just dumped by a long term significant other and thinking Tinder Gold might be the answer!

  11. This has been talked about for a number of years.The people that have been in charge have only let the greatest game fall farther and farther behind. It has been reduced as a visual sport by the SKY dominance and getting rid of the lower leagues.

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