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Is Speedway still viable in the UK?

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The only "paying supporters" the BSPA would ever allow into their decision making meetings would be those around every club who are "Yes Men or Women" and see eye to eye with everything about how the club is run. There would, therefore, be no valuable creative "other ways of doing things" ideas considered. Yes, it is their business ( from a commercial point of view ) and thus they can do as they wish ( as they do ). But UK speedway is like a long lease which has run down to a few short years left on it and the building or business is worth less and less ( as it is ). Soon you could buy a club for very little because it is worth very little and it's not a viable business - secretive or not.

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2 hours ago, Byker Biker said:

To a degree it's this cynical approach that probably means it will never ever happen. Why don't you buy a Speedway Club and then you can go to the meetings?

With no voting rights for three years. In which time the other promoters have taken your assets, reduced your crowd, because the weak teams you put out continually get beaten and you run on a day that suits them, not your customers.

If that hasn't destroyed your enthusiasm they will change the rules to push you out.

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54 minutes ago, waytogo28 said:

The only "paying supporters" the BSPA would ever allow into their decision making meetings would be those around every club who are "Yes Men or Women" and see eye to eye with everything about how the club is run. There would, therefore, be no valuable creative "other ways of doing things" ideas considered. Yes, it is their business ( from a commercial point of view ) and thus they can do as they wish ( as they do ). But UK speedway is like a long lease which has run down to a few short years left on it and the building or business is worth less and less ( as it is ). Soon you could buy a club for very little because it is worth very little and it's not a viable business - secretive or not.

a good post . 

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3 hours ago, MARK246 said:

With no voting rights for three years. In which time the other promoters have taken your assets, reduced your crowd, because the weak teams you put out continually get beaten and you run on a day that suits them, not your customers.

If that hasn't destroyed your enthusiasm they will change the rules to push you out.

To be honest 1 vote isn't going to change a lot in General or League Council and you are entitled to join the debates anyway, a former Promoter who has attended 3 AGM's could bring a vote if they became a licensed Co-Promoter. In most cases it's the interpretation of the decisions after the event that causes a lot of the problems and disputes.

The only way other members can "take" your assetts is if the club has been annulled and they are liquidated to pay in house debts. If your talking about riders finding other jobs whilst acquisition of their parent is in progress that's different but you can apply to have your assetts protected during this process providing the acquistion is completed by the AGM. Where this has gone wrong before is when a club sale has fallen through in January or February or a new owner changes their mind about the riders they use and leave somebody out of work. Simple solution, get the debts paid and the purchase monies deposited with the BSPA well before the AGM but you can't blame anyone for employing riders who have an uncertain future.

Similarly putting out a weak team can be avoided with everyone moving at a sensible pace.

The race day farce this year is well documented but there are historical precedents set for priority race day and alternate days as well as the protocol of consultation with those clubs who have priority on your off race night (if you are going to choose any old race day apart from those agreed). If you acquire a club then you acquire that race day unless the club has no continuity or it has moved up/down leagues (then you lose it).

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12 hours ago, Byker Biker said:

To a degree it's this cynical approach that probably means it will never ever happen. Why don't you buy a Speedway Club and then you can go to the meetings?

kelvin removed the original post , probably because we all know that his "friend " who had close links with the b*** ,is more corrupt than the whole of the B***  put together 

 

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3 hours ago, adonis said:

kelvin removed the original post , probably because we all know that his "friend " who had close links with the b*** ,is more corrupt than the whole of the B***  put together 

 

I was saving that as my "Coup de Grace"

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14 hours ago, adonis said:

kelvin removed the original post , probably because we all know that his "friend " who had close links with the b*** ,is more corrupt than the whole of the B***  put together 

 

Hello Simon

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On 9/11/2018 at 3:45 PM, adonis said:

In the case of Woffinden and hancock  they gave british speedway the elbow because neither of them have any integrtity nor loyalty / gratitude  to the country/supporters ,that gave them the opportunity in the first place , 

 

They left British speedway for the money and to give there families a better life as anyone would a speedway riders life at the top is short unless your name is Greg Hancock

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4 hours ago, Booey boy said:

They left British speedway for the money and to give there families a better life as anyone would a speedway riders life at the top is short unless your name is Greg Hancock

That of course is your opinion , one which you are welcome to , but the facts of it are no more valid than mine ,  

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Not including his stint with Poole Hancock rode 18 seasons in Britain, which I think puts him level with Hans Nielsen in terms of time spent in the British League.  Nielsen quit the UK when he was 35, Hancock when he was 37 (or thereabouts).  I don't think you'll find anyone claiming that Hans owes the UK anything, who did much the same and rode his final years in Europe.  Forgive me if my stats or memory has let me down - I've taken them from Wikipedia but it seems about right.  

The main difference is that Hancock has carried on riding at the top level long past the usual, and perhaps by his mid thirties felt he didn't want or need to chase around Europe every day of the week unless the money was silly, which it isn't going to be in the UK.  He certainly isn't the only one to make that decision

I will admit being a Cradley fan of a certain vintage makes me probably a little biased 

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