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10 minutes ago, Tsunami said:

Can you provide proof of that ?  It's not true. 

What else, to ensure long term prosperity, did they do with it? Even if it wasn't entirely spent on one rider then a lot of it was. Nothing has been done to change the sport long term. 100k a club in a league of 8? 9? Will we ever see money like that again.

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14 minutes ago, JCookie said:

What else, to ensure long term prosperity, did they do with it? Even if it wasn't entirely spent on one rider then a lot of it was. Nothing has been done to change the sport long term. 100k a club in a league of 8? 9? Will we ever see money like that again.

I’ve looked back at the old accounts for Belle Vue. There was no way that we would have paid one rider £100k in a season, even though we had Jason Crump (2008 and part of 2009) and Kasprzak (2009) at the top of their game. In 2009, our Sky income was just over £100k but we still lost about £65k. And that was for a team that finished bottom of the league which always keeps the wage bill down!

Even then -10+ years ago - Britain was the poorest payer amongst the countries with professional leagues. The Sky money kept us afloat, but it certainly didn’t encourage anyone to overpay for quality riders. 

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1 hour ago, Gordon Pairman said:

I’ve looked back at the old accounts for Belle Vue. There was no way that we would have paid one rider £100k in a season, even though we had Jason Crump (2008 and part of 2009) and Kasprzak (2009) at the top of their game. In 2009, our Sky income was just over £100k but we still lost about £65k. And that was for a team that finished bottom of the league which always keeps the wage bill down!

Even then -10+ years ago - Britain was the poorest payer amongst the countries with professional leagues. The Sky money kept us afloat, but it certainly didn’t encourage anyone to overpay for quality riders. 

Thank you for this information, nice to have it first hand from someone who genuinely knows.

If the Sky money kept certain clubs afloat then I'd love to see the position of those clubs now without the money. As much as we love speedway, it paints a bleak picture if 100k is just keeping it afloat.

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the  "position of those clubs now" is that they are up for sale and those that arent would probably consider any reasonable offer

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2 hours ago, poole keith said:

the  "position of those clubs now" is that they are up for sale and those that arent would probably consider any reasonable offer

Poole doesn't old cecil ford wants full whack for it and it is not worth sod all!

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23 hours ago, gustix said:

The reason: there are more people in the UK interested in tennis than there interested in speedway.

Yep and that is not even debatable 

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20 hours ago, Steve Shovlar said:

Not sure how that will work. Eurosport don’t film themselves but take feeds. So who is going to be the broadcaster for Eurosport?

I heard it's going to be re run videos pmsl

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7 hours ago, JCookie said:

What else, to ensure long term prosperity, did they do with it? Even if it wasn't entirely spent on one rider then a lot of it was. Nothing has been done to change the sport long term. 100k a club in a league of 8? 9? Will we ever see money like that again.

If you don't know it's best not to guess. It misguides others who think that what you are saying is true.

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