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  1. Race Nights

    Why would the Premiership have priority if the agreed race nights are Monday and Wednesday? It shouldn't be too difficult to arrange the fixtures so that Swindon's Thursday home meetings do not clash with rider's Championship commitments.
  2. Kings Lynn 2018..

    I don't think there was a contract, that's the point. He said another team were ready to put pen to paper, but were scared off by "the top man of British speedway". I don't think you have to be a genius to work out who was is.
  3. Kings Lynn 2018..

    Times have changed. How many of the riders that Lambert was competing against in last year's World Under 21s have a full time job and ride speedway as their side-gig? The answer is almost certainly none. I don't see Lambert's comments as amateurish. I think he makes a very valid point about an outdated and almost certainly illegal asset system which is loaded in favour of clubs.
  4. Kings Lynn 2018..

    Isn't the point Lambert was making is that he was prevented from negotiating a better contract with another team by King's Lynn, therefore he was forced to accept their offer?
  5. Kings Lynn 2018..

    Let's turn your question around. Why shouldn't Lambert expect to make a living out of speedway? He's expected to make himself available to King's Lynn, turn up fit and health, with machinery prepared and ready to race. Most people expect to make a living from their job, why shouldn't speedway riders?
  6. OAP concessions, why?

    In which case, why not offer the "discount" to all customers?
  7. OAP concessions, why?

    When housing costs are taken into account: Pensioner incomes 'outstrip those of working families'
  8. Swindon 2018

    I'm fairly sure Chris Holder is in the GPs and has a ride in Poland and Sweden lined up for next year. You'd think other, lesser riders might want to compete in the Australian Championships, which are a feeder to the Grand Prix Qualifiers and a chance raise their profile on the world stage?
  9. Ditch the Family Tag??

    There is no crossover between speedway and the bikes you can ride on the road, unlike MotoGP, WSB and even motocross.

    I don't think £17 is too expensive, especially when you consider the underlying cost of running the team. As you said, I think a bigger factor influencing attendances is the irregular fixtures. Gaps of over a week followed by two fixtures in seven days towards the end of the season goes help people get into a habit of attending.
  11. Swindon 2018

    Anyone know why Nick Morris isn't riding in the Australian Championship?

    Yes. In fact I'd suggest that the crowd might be slightly higher if it wasn't on TV, as a few armchair fans might be tempted into attending. The big difference with Cardiff though is that the meeting is almost a side attraction for the whole day (or weekend in some people's cases). Everything about attending Cardiff is an experience completely unique to anything else in the British speedway calendar.
  13. Depends on the market which the company is trying to appeal to, obviously.

    How can they afford NOT to try? When Swindon did entry for a tenner and there was a very strong crowd (maybe 50% up). The following week there was no meeting and the week after it was back to £17 and regular crowd levels. This would suggest there is a sweet point, somewhere between £10 and £17 which would maximise revenue. £10 is too cheap (the rise in attendance didn't make up for the drop in income) however £17 seemed to put off many from returning.
  15. Leicester Lions 2018

    Congratulations to Leicester. They certainly have put together the strongest team so far. I think they will definitely give Poole (the second strongest) a run for their money.