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Future of professional rugby in England
notasoutherner (IP Logged)
12 April, 2018 10:33
Only Exeter RFC are currently profitable. With this in mind what future does professional rugby have in England? Surely professional rugby cannot continue to depend on rich benfactors. How would you solve the rugby conundrum?

Re: Future of professional rugby in England
almostatyke (IP Logged)
12 April, 2018 10:55
Welcome to the forum notasoutherner. The Yorkshire solution is to have a number (say 12?) of "Directors", each a benefactor but individuals who stump up relatively small amounts at the end of the season to cover losses. So still the "Benefactor Model", but one de-risked so that if one individual takes his bat and ball home there is still enough slack to keep the club going. We know very well what happens when an individual benefactor gets fed-up: at the end of the Neil Back era, when we were relegated, our benefactor took the parachute payment as partial repayment of loans then later the 5million from the sale of Premiership shares to Exeter. Hence 7 years later we are still in the Championship.

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