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  1. MattK


    Let's say £5k for arguments sake. Do you think it would be easier to persuade 500 people to pay £10 each to stream the meeting or 1,250 at £4 to stream the meeting? I'd say 1,250 at £4 is a far easier sell than 500 @ £10.
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    How much does it cost to stream a meeting live?
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    This is why you conduct market research. I'd pay £3-4. Personally, I don't think that watching speedway online is worth any more than that. Others may differ. If the costs exceed the price times the number of sales, then it isn't a viable product.
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    I might consider it at £3-4 but definitely not a tenner. I wonder how much market research they did to come up with this price point.
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    Has anyone been anywhere yet

    I went to the office every day last week and probably most of this week. Wore a mask for 10 hours a day (minus eating and drinking). Didn't die to oxygen deprivation or feel oppressed.
  6. Therein lies the juxtaposition between clubs balancing the books and wanting a winning side. So this is my question, why do clubs need to balance the books? As long as promoters go into the sport with their eyes open, then what is the problem. If you look at the clubs who have closed over the last few years, how many have done so because the promoter has simply run out of money and no one wants to take it over compared to teams who have been forced club due to stadium availability or other reasons?
  7. It isn't rider's demands which are killing the sport, it is clubs bowing to rider's demands. If clubs set a pay scale which was sustainable to their income then riders would have a simple choice. Accept that is on offer or find gainful employment elsewhere. They problem is that clubs, in an arms race to secure the best riders, offer money their businesses cannot afford. However, this doesn't get away from the fundamental point that demand exceeds supply, hence why riders can make such demands in the first place.
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    Season Cancelled

    I can only assume that speedway classes itself as an elite sport and therefore is following these guidelines: Elite sport - return to competition: safe return of spectators Pilots announced for return of spectators to elite sports events Compared to much more relaxed rules for general outdoor activities.
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    Season Cancelled

    Presumably speedway classes itself as elite sport and therefore has to comply with those government guidelines, whereas stock car racing classes itself as an outdoor public event where are there a different set of guidelines.
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    The BSPA should pay Oxford City Council to share that report, as no one in speedway has been able to consistent make a profit over the last decade.
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    Brandon Update

    And let's be honest, most of the money Terry Russell did make from the various TV deals has been ploughed back into Swindon over the years. I doubt he made a net profit on those two activities.
  12. This suggests the government is taking a practical and logical approach to opening up the economy. They're not. You can spend 2 hours shopping in Primark or from next week sat inside a pub eating and drinking, but you can't spend 2 hours outside at a sporting event. It wouldn't surprise me if BJ has a dart board with all the industries on it and that's now they determine what can open next.
  13. Can you imagine the uproar if speedway clubs are forced to record the contract details of those attending meetings? They have resolutely resisted any kind of marketing for the last twenty years and now it could be introduced via the back door.
  14. Funnily enough, I was looking at the Smallmead site on Google Maps the other day. Can't for the life of me remember why. I always thought a site the other side of the M4 would be ideal, as you're away from all the Reading-side development which is always going to be more lucrative than speedway.
  15. I can't say I am to be honest. Companies have stepped up with so many offers of free this and that during lockdown that there's not enough hours in a day as it is. If I wasn't so busy I'd furlough myself so I could take free guitar lessons, learn a language, complete some technical certifications...
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    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.
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    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.
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    Swindon Robins 2020

    Częstochowa have tweeted that they've agreed terms with Jason Doyle.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Swindon Robins 2020

    It isn't really a dilemma though, is it? A bird in the hand and all that.
  23. 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?
  24. 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.
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    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.

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