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9 minutes ago, SFTGNigel said:

So you’re impressed about what’s come out of the AGM and happy with the state of the sport in Britain right now? 

I'm impressed that there are more clubs in the top two flights in 2019 than there were in 2018. How many of us thought that would be the case ? 

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Now well and truly the boss of bosses, Rathbone and Louis  now in Mafia terms "Made Men"

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so with having someone owning more tracks knowing full well he doesn't pay over the odds isn't a start?”

You think Chapman taking over Ipswich in any way addresses the fundamental problems in the sport right now?! 

I’ll have whatever drugs you’re taking. 

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2 hours ago, bloom89 said:

So saying as the Championship is being watered down to improve the standard of the premiership will that mean admission prices will reduce to accommodate this?

You'll be lucky !!

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'to support the progression of riders who have progressed through the National Development League, all riders will receive a 2.5% reduction in their average'

Does this mean every rider that has been in the third division will receive a 2.5% average reduction?

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I'm really happy that the Championship looks quite strong with potentially 12 teams. Disappointed in losing Peterborough in particular as its always a good venue for watching the sport. This is somewhat tempered by Somerset returning but its a 100 miles further to travel from Worky. Somewhat surprised at Leicester dropping back down though. 

Maybe Birmingham returning and what chance the Isle of Wight ?

I'll be much happier when someone from Worky confirms  that we will be coming to tapes in 2019.

Pleased to still see 7 man teams because with a shortage of riders it wouldn have made no sense to reduce further.

Worryingly there appears little in the way of intiatives to improve marketing, sponsorship, entertainment, value for money, cost reduction, better fixture planning. Would liked to have seen a deadline completion date for at least the Championship Shield.

Think 7 teams in the Premiership looks light so once again the Championship looks like being the most competitive.

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Whether he is Chairman or not Chapman is now firmly in charge of British Speedway, no longer "gang of two" but a dictatorship.  

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13 minutes ago, wealdstone said:

Whether he is Chairman or not Chapman is now firmly in charge of British Speedway, no longer "gang of two" but a dictatorship.  

Absolutely correct but (and some Stars fans may fall off their chair) I think this may be a good move. 

If Buster was to buy up every Premiership and Championship club that would totally remove the self interest aspect of Speedway. This is one of the main catalyst for poor management and the decline of the sport.

So while it is dictatorship, it may just be what's needed to drag the sport forward. So, as 1 of his biggest critics, I'm gonna give him the benefit of the doubt and see how this works out. 

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11 minutes ago, eric i said:

'to support the progression of riders who have progressed through the National Development League, all riders will receive a 2.5% reduction in their average'

Does this mean every rider that has been in the third division will receive a 2.5% average reduction?

Yes!!

Not too impressed with the rest of it though.

Does nothing to address the lack of fixtures!!  Fans and some promoters saying beforehand they wanted more meaningful fixtures. Well in the Championship they have ONE! Wow. Much better to split the league into two "conferences" (based on geography). You play everyone in your own "conference" twice (10 fixtures) home and away, and everyone in the other conference once ( six fixtures) = 16 league fixtures + three fixtures in the Shield results in a minimum of 19 plus KOC. Top two from each conference into the playoffs. 

38 point limit. Why? All that does is artificially increase a riders average, as a team averaging 38 at the start of the season will average 42 at the end! without, possibly being any better.

 

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Thought Somerset had more ambition but seems not. 

Really needed 8 teams to be honest. Havent been to Ipswich or Peterbourough for several years so will look forward to that, though much further to travel.

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2 hours ago, 2ndbendbeerhut said:

Premiership League – Commencing April 2019
• Minimum rider points average of 3 ‘achieved’ and not assessed
so if a rider cannot have an assessed average.... that means no newcomers can be signed as the likes of say Lidsey, Drabik or Becker would come in on an assessed ave, the same goes for Drew Kemp. :blink:


 

This simply prevents a 2.xx rider being used in the Premiership but taking a 3.00 average. Assessed averages will still apply where appropriate.

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Out of interest where does chapman get his money???

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7 minutes ago, Phil The Ace said:

Out of interest where does chapman get his money???

He makes a mint out of the Stadium use. He can afford it no problem.

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