NRL channel Channel 9 wants to demolish a Sydney club to make room for a new outfit in Brisbane – and three teams are in the chopping block
- Reportedly, Channel 9 is pushing for a second rugby team in Brisbane
- It is said that the station wants to prevent the NRL from being expanded in favor of a new plan
- Three teams are most at risk of being relocated to Brisbane according to the alleged plan
- However, it can also result in a club being dissolved in favor of all new clubs
NRL channel Channel Nine wants to scrap an existing rugby league club to make way for a new team in Brisbane, it has been reported.
The broadcaster wants to shake things up to bring more fans and viewers to the sport – but is against the proposal to expand the competition from 16 teams.
Channel Nine sports director told Tom Malone The Daily Telegraph the network is not enthusiastic about this idea because some teams are already struggling.
Instead, it wants to see a Sydney team move to Brisbane or dissolved to make way for a new outfit for Brisbane.
Reports indicate that Channel 9 wants to scrap a Sydney rugby league club to make way for a new club in Brisbane with two Sydney clubs that are most at risk (Broncos cheerleaders shown)
The riskiest clubs are said to be the Cronulla Sharks and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles for Sydney teams and the Gold Coast Titans for out-of-state teams
& # 39; In a perfect world you would probably have one or two fewer teams, it's a difficult decision, but probably one that needs to be made in the interest of the game in the longer term, & # 39; he said
According to the Telegraph, the Cronulla Sharks, the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and the Gold Coast Titans are the clubs most at risk of being dissolved.
According to the report, Channel Nine wants to implement the changes for the 2023 season.
The NRL has reportedly set up an internal working group with the task of analyzing new growth markets for competition.
Channel 9's sports director, Tom Malone (photo), told the publication that the network was not enthusiastic about extending the NRL competition to 16 teams because some are struggling
Brisbane is seen as a great market for the NRL with the Brisbane Broncos that regularly attract the biggest crowds of the season.
It is also reported that Foxtel would be interested in another team in Brisbane.
Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany is said to be in favor of creating a local derby similar to that of the Wanderers and Sydney FC in the A-League.
& # 39; It's all about generating more fans and a larger TV audience. I don't know if you would get that real rugby league tribal traction in Perth that you would get in Brisbane, & Mr 39 Delaney.
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg reportedly met Annastasia Palaszczuk, Queensland, on Friday to report on the validity of a second NRL team in Brisbane.
Channel Nine is investing $ 2 billion in the NRL, which may give it leverage to force a movement like the one being reported.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Nine for comments.
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg met with Queensland Prime Minister Annastasia Palaszczuk on Friday to measure the validity of a second NRL team in Brisbane
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