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MattK

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  1. MattK

    League to run over two seasons

    I don't see what is gained from splitting the season over two years with a long gap during the winter. Why not simply run a short 2020 season, even if it means riding each team only once at home and once away? Then start afresh with a full season in 2021. As said, there are too many variables over a winter break. What if a rider retires or decides to give Britain a miss? Similar, I assume that if travel restrictions are in place for the remainder of 2020 then the likes of Doyle, Batchelor, Lambert, Fricke etc. won't be eligible to ride in 2021 either? It seems to cause more problems that it solves.
  2. MattK

    Behind closed doors?

    Clean Cut who produce speedway DVDs do live stream hockey, therefore technically it isn't an issue. The challenge would be costs. People won't pay more than couple of quid and therefore riders would have to take an 80% pay cut or clubs would lose their shirts.
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    Swindon Robins 2020

    Ii guess it depends on whether Doyle has signed an exclusivity contract with his Polish clubs, if Poland relaxes their 14-day quarantine law and how quickly short haul flights return to normal.
  4. MattK

    Swindon Robins 2020

    Częstochowa have tweeted that they've agreed terms with Jason Doyle.
  5. MattK

    Swindon Robins 2020

    Exactly. The hard decisions will be for the middle weight riders, Kurtz, Lidsey, Batchelor, Bewley etc. Do they risk a partial season at a very reduced rate in Poland or stay in Britain hoping our season gets started. I still think that if it were me, in the current climate, I'd take what's on offer in front of me.
  6. MattK

    Swindon Robins 2020

    Realistically, what's the alternative? The British leagues cannot afford to run behind closed doors. Therefore there will be no speedway until social distancing rules are relaxed, which will be June/July at the earliest. Then at best it will likely be a reduced calendar. Or, if you're offered a team place in Poland, you get a full season at an albeit reduced rate. Logistically it will be a bit of a ballache, but realistically how many nights a week do you think Doyle spends in his own bed during the season? Seems like a no brainer to me.
  7. MattK

    Swindon Robins 2020

    It isn't really a dilemma though, is it? A bird in the hand and all that.
  8. Give the Poles their dues, they don't mess about. Are the teams on the first page accurate or have changes been made since October?
  9. What are you basing that on? As a "critic", "armchair fan" and "keyboard warrior" all I see are the outputs, which are very little. It is also interesting to see that the BSPA had to engage outside help to secure the Eurosport deal. At least with GoSpeed the money stayed within speedway.
  10. MattK

    Swindon Robins 2020

    Depends what the contract says. Given that short haul flights are likely to be extremely rare in the short term, it makes sense to require riders to based themselves in country.
  11. Why would riders accept a pay cut if they were able to reduce their overheads, any more than I'd request a pay cut because I bought a more economical car?
  12. Are riders wages linked to their costs or are they linked to supply and demand of riders? For example does Jason Doyle have double the costs of Anders Rowe - because I'd bet he is on at least double the points money?
  13. It may address the cost to riders, but how does that help clubs? Let me give you an example, say I earn £50k and drive a 6.3 litre V8 costing me £100 a week. I trade it in for a more economical 1.6 litre diesel. Do I tell my employer that they can reduce my wages? Of course not, I pocket the difference. Why would that be any different if the costs incurred by speedway riders were reduced?
  14. In the short term I agree, but what makes you think that in the medium to long term the demand for short haul foreign travel will diminish compared to where it was last year?
  15. I agree that airlines will be disrupted for the rest of this year and maybe early next year. However, I cannot see any scenario where the market for budget airlines doesn't get back to its original position in the medium term.
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