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Re: Message from Tom Billups
Posted by: TomBillups
Date: 17/04/2012 15:34
DOK - Thanks for your message. Yes, I believe the "Dan Lyle" and "Richard Tardits" experiments were successful but until recently the only thing USA Rugby could offer a crossover athlete was a tracksuit. Five month sevens contracts to a handful of athletes is a start. Remember though that the NFL minimum salary is north of $400,000 USD. The sevens contracts are about $20,000 USD.

While rugby will never replace the NFL or NBA in the American sporting landscape, there is room for our sport to improve it's footprint. The five Olympic rings mean a lot to the U.S. audience. Olympic success is critical to rugby growth in America.

Will look forward to buying you a pint in the Sun Inn next time I am in Richmond.

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