Posts Tagged "Central Coast Bears"
I called North Sydney stalwart Greg Florimo yesterday and opened with a simple question: “Flo, are the Bears dead or is the flame still flickering?”
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Greg Florimo, CEO of the Central Coast Bears, has made a direct appeal to the rugby league community for assistance in bringing the question of expansion back to the table.
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It has been a bittersweet week for fans of the old North Sydney Bears. Websites across the land have been inundated with cheeky utterances of “Go the Bears” and “The Bears live!” after the Western Sydney Wanderers football club unveiled their inaugural playing strip.
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So who runs the game, anyway? David Gallop constantly says it’s the fans. That being the case, the fans have spoken.
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It seems every man and his dog has an opinion on NRL expansion and whom the next two licenses should go to. Do we head back west and finish something we started decades ago?
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The gloves have come off in the battle for NRL expansion with the man behind the Central Coast bid casting doubt over the viability of a team out of Perth.
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North Sydney Bears stalwart Greg Florimo has lifted the tempo for the recall of his club to the NRL, as the expansion debate hots up.
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The NRL has been looking to expansion in attempts to both increase its revenue and make headway on its biggest rival, the AFL, in winning over the Australian public for the dominant share of the country’s winter sporting market.
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Expansion is a hot topic here on the Roar. Indeed, expansion in the NRL is a hot topic in the pubs and clubs across the country.
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Rugby league experts and fans alike agree the NRL is likely to expand to 18 teams in the next few years. This is certainly good news – teams in new locations will afford more people the opportunity to attend games than ever before.
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As the wheel of fortune turns in professional sport the average fan can expect their team to have a dud year every now and then. Yes, it’s never much fun losing and being teased by Dave from work, but hey, new seasons bring new hope. However, once in a generation will come that year.
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When is enough, enough? After years of swimming in debt, constant bailouts, poor crowds attendances and poor memberships, surely Cronulla Sharks’ time is almost up.
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The AFL is slowly creeping into rugby league’s heartland, and the time has come for the NRL to repel the challenge or risk being a second class sport in Australia, much like its rugby union cousin.
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As a rugby league tragic, I like to think that I’m Mr Know-It-All when it comes to the game. The reality of it is that I am just another jack of all trades with his opinion. Sometimes right, most times wrong, but never shy about a good argument.
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The current tangent taken by opponents of the Central Coast bid, that there are already a surfeit of teams in Sydney that Central Coast residents can readily access, is possibly the biggest fallacy in expansion discussions today.
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If the NRL wants to match rival codes in terms of revenue, then the Central Coast Bears must be the next team to join the competition. A club on the Central Coast for the 2013 season would ensure NRL domination of the eastern seaboard.
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I hate to dash the hopes of fans of the Central Coast Bears concept, but I simply can’t standby and watch a potential fizzer of a decision take effect. The Central Coast Bears should not be admitted to the NRL for these many compelling reasons:
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NRL talk has been dominated lately with the topic of expansion. Let me start by stating that I am in favour of the Central Coast Bears being admitted. I am not ashamed to say I have been a Bears fan for life.
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Clubs are now coming out of the woodwork to express their interest in joining the NRL. Even without any definite indication from the NRL that expansion will take place, there are now seven groups that have expressed serious interest in joining the NRL at some point in the near future.
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A second rugby league team in Brisbane is “on the cards” at some point in the future, NRL boss David Gallop has conceded.
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