State of Origin Captain
- Jul 28, 2016
But Vlando has been telling us the second Brisbane team is a money maker FFS!!Expansion talks have been suspended due to the current COVID situation that could cost the NRL $45 million (to relocate all teams)
according to the CM, this is likely to mean the second Brisbane team will be delayed until 2024 at the earliest.
“The analysis of expansion has stopped for the moment,” V’landys said.
“I have said to the clubs that the work on expansion has stopped for the moment, but the work will recommence on it.”
Asked if expansion has been officially delayed until 2024, V’landys said: “We haven’t made a final decision one way or the other.
“That’s all that has happened. Once we can recommence, we will know what direction to take.
“I’m the chairman of the board and it’s not true to say expansion is absolutely off (for 2023). The ARL Commission will make the final decision.
“We have put the tools down on expansion and until we pick up the tools again, I can’t tell you if we will have another team for 2023.
“We have a lot of variables we have to consider, including the current challenges (of keeping the NRL competition alive in Queensland).”
Brisbane Jets bid chief Nick Livermore says:
“I’ve always felt October is the time by which we ideally need to have an answer (on expansion),” he said.
“I believe you can bring in a team within 12 months, but what you need is more time to maximise the opportunity to commercialise the club and drive revenue for a 2023 entry.
“Expansion is historically aligned with TV deals in rugby league, but what we have seen over the past two years shows nothing is normal when Covid is impacting so many businesses, including rugby league.
“The game has a responsibility to its 16 teams and state bodies and I think the leadership has shown they are committed to doing whatever they can to keep the game going.
“If that means any growth strategy for the game has to be temporarily suspended, I don’t think anyone can argue against that to ensure the NRL competition is sustainable.
“The ARL Commission would be aware of the risk factor of delaying expansion too long, especially with the AFL targeting Brisbane’s western corridor, which is the highest-growing population area in Queensland.
“We are at risk of losing ground to the AFL, but that may be a short-term risk we have to take to ensure the game’s stability.”
Why wouldn't they want to bring them in to recoup all this covid cash they've lost.
Should be trying to bring them in for 2022!!!