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1 hour ago, M.D said:

Hes got a point, you need more clubs in the top league and a watered down lower legue with minimal doubling up..

trouble is, riders wouldnt make that pay in either league

Riders such as Aaron Summers, Edward Kennett, Matthew Wethers, Simon Lambert, Ashley Morris and others manage by riding in just one league.  Riders need to realise that unless you are at the top, then speedway is not a full time living.   Back in the 1960's and 1970's when crowds were much higher, only the top riders were full time.

 

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5 minutes ago, shippy22 said:

Riders such as Aaron Summers, Edward Kennett, Matthew Wethers, Simon Lambert, Ashley Morris and others manage by riding in just one league.  Riders need to realise that unless you are at the top, then speedway is not a full time living.   Back in the 1960's and 1970's when crowds were much higher, only the top riders were full time.

 

think most of these riders have other jobs 

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This is bizarre we've all congregated on the Eastbourne thread having exactly the same discussions we've had on many other threads... It's like we're all in the hospital waiting room awaiting news on the patient!

 

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9 minutes ago, SuperSpeed said:

Rumours on Facebook via a sponsor that Lawson and Kennett have left, as has Ian Jordan (who allegedly owes thousands, both in rent and to the riders) and that an SCB investigation is underway.

Ian has just confirmed that he has not left and there will be a factual statement released tonight.

He has also stated that whilst there are known cash flow issues, everybody will be paid their money.

Lets wait for the statement, as he has also said that lots of the rumours are inaccurate.

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14 minutes ago, JamesHarris said:

Does anybody know roughly what the decent riders are being paid now? When I was involved in arranging a deal for a Scandinavian rider 10 years ago at Premier League level it was £40 a point with a £120 guarantee. On top of that his flights to and from were paid for plus mileage. A mechanic was provided by the club as well as a tyre. 

But how much of what a rider earns goes straight out of the sport to engine tuners etc. All of these Formula Ford riders are trying to maintain Formula 1 kit and the whole sport in this country suffers for it in more ways than one.

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22 minutes ago, Trackerman48 said:

Where is Richard weston he normally knows what's going on at eastbourne? 

Maybe that's why he's not on here?

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6 minutes ago, Marky_Mark said:

Ian has just confirmed that he has not left and there will be a factual statement released tonight.

He has also stated that whilst there are known cash flow issues, everybody will be paid their money.

Lets wait for the statement, as he has also said that lots of the rumours are inaccurate.

First sign of something positive for a couple of days, fingers crossed Eastbourne can pull through.

(The rumoured stadium rent issue is odd to me and would only make sense if the landlords feel they can replace the speedway rent with something more profitable, surely an income stream is better than no income ?)

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Yes seems positive to me, also stated that the company is trading and will be funded.

Reason for ‘silence’ is due to dawn to dusk days finding funds and solutions.

Statement will be released hopefully tonight once it’s been discussed with relevant parties.

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How are they suddenly in this much financial trouble, you can understand Newcastle and Birmingham due to low crowds, but the numbers I’m reading for Eastie crowds seem double what the other two were getting?

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21 minutes ago, gazzac said:

Maybe that's why he's not on here?

I can confirm that he is in on holiday.

In the meantime, reading Cider with Rosie!

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8 minutes ago, allthegearbutnaeidea said:

How are they suddenly in this much financial trouble, you can understand Newcastle and Birmingham due to low crowds, but the numbers I’m reading for Eastie crowds seem double what the other two were getting?

But if the wages at Eastie are double of those at other clubs then the Math still wont add up will it... not that I know what Eastie are paying just to say that if the income doesn't exceed the expenditure than you end up in the Red....

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40 minutes ago, iainb said:

This is bizarre we've all congregated on the Eastbourne thread having exactly the same discussions we've had on many other threads... It's like we're all in the hospital waiting room awaiting news on the patient!

 

There is an obvious reason for that scenario.When will it be addressed is the real question.

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50 minutes ago, shippy22 said:

Riders such as Aaron Summers, Edward Kennett, Matthew Wethers, Simon Lambert, Ashley Morris and others manage by riding in just one league.  Riders need to realise that unless you are at the top, then speedway is not a full time living.   Back in the 1960's and 1970's when crowds were much higher, only the top riders were full time.

 

Exactly...

UK Speedway had a very good operating model which gave lads who worked during the day a chance to earn "one weeks worth of money" from their day job every night they rode...

Ride four nights a week and they were earning one months wages...

Seemed to work pretty well...

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Eastbourne have always said needs over 1000 to break even - so 1200+ best case scenario. Last couple of meetings to the eye;  numbers have been down on the start of the season. Potentially may look better as still limited numbers in grandstand so people scattered around other parts of stadium bends 3+4 .... 

Shall await statement - all have better idea then. 

 

 

 

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21 minutes ago, TotallyHonestJohn said:

But if the wages at Eastie are double of those at other clubs then the Math still wont add up will it... not that I know what Eastie are paying just to say that if the income doesn't exceed the expenditure than you end up in the Red....

Regards
THJ

With all due respect, you don't know that and it comes across as your questioning Eastbourne's business model without knowing the facts and coming across  a little ITK..

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