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13 hours ago, Vince said:

Might not be relevant to league Speedway but possibly to the GP's.

The American Supercross series was half way through when lockdown was instigated there and being stadium events looked unlikely to be finalised. However they are now seriously discussing holding all the remaining events in a short space of time in one stadium with no spectators, changing the track between events. It is said they will only allow riders, a mechanic and officials in the stadium all of who will have their temperatures taken on arrival each day. None of the technicians and crew that normally surround these events. The idea is that via TV coverage, expected to be huge with no other events going on, they will meet the needs of sponsors rather than lose them for the following year. Lots still to be decided but it is certainly more than just an idea.

Could it be that a limited Speedway GP series could follow a similar pattern? Possibly even a very limited PL knockout or something to keep BT happy.

I can see sponsorship or indeed the lack of it being a huge issue. I get the point of showing events on tv, even on a pay per view basis. However if or when we get through this then thousands of companies will be reliant on trying to survive the aftermath and keep afloat. Sponsoring sports events will probably be last on the agenda.

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17 hours ago, TB1 said:

I can see sponsorship or indeed the lack of it being a huge issue. I get the point of showing events on tv, even on a pay per view basis. However if or when we get through this then thousands of companies will be reliant on trying to survive the aftermath and keep afloat. Sponsoring sports events will probably be last on the agenda.

I'm not sure, it has often been the case that sports do well in difficult financial times.

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3 minutes ago, Vince said:

I'm not sure, it has often been the case that sports do well in difficult financial times.

It's a fact that Angling has done well in the past when unemployment figures are high, i would imagine that would apply to most low cost participation sports...

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34 minutes ago, Blupanther said:

It's a fact that Angling has done well in the past when unemployment figures are high, i would imagine that would apply to most low cost participation sports...

But also even for spectator sports the post war years were a boom time despite it being financially difficult for business and life generally. It seems that when life gets difficult for people entertainment assumes a more important role.

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1 minute ago, Vince said:

But also even for spectator sports the post war years were a boom time despite it being financially difficult for business and life generally. It seems that when life gets difficult for people entertainment assumes a more important role.

Absolutely, entertainment becomes even more important when people have more time on their hands, and it's also a great distraction from life's difficulties ...

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I see the horse racing authorities are looking at a limit on field sizes and only allowing more experienced/competent jockeys to ride - could British speedway try this as a means to get through? Only Premiership speedway with a strict criteria on who can ride? Injuries are part and parcel of the sport but anything that can be done to limit them, and in turn NHS resources, must be considered.

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15 minutes ago, JCookie said:

I see the horse racing authorities are looking at a limit on field sizes and only allowing more experienced/competent jockeys to ride - could British speedway try this as a means to get through? Only Premiership speedway with a strict criteria on who can ride? Injuries are part and parcel of the sport but anything that can be done to limit them, and in turn NHS resources, must be considered.

It’s not about field size or experience is it? What sort of crowd is attending for instance ? If none because most money is made through betting (which is happening elsewhere I think) then it doesn’t really prove a model that speedway can follow

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28 minutes ago, JCookie said:

I see the horse racing authorities are looking at a limit on field sizes and only allowing more experienced/competent jockeys to ride - could British speedway try this as a means to get through? Only Premiership speedway with a strict criteria on who can ride? Injuries are part and parcel of the sport but anything that can be done to limit them, and in turn NHS resources, must be considered.

All to do with money, the bookies must be losing a fortune, so they need horse racing back, but until there is a relaxation of lockdown how can loads of people gather at a horse race meeting but not in a public park?

Plus you need paramedics, ambulances etc which wont be allowed at the moment

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With regards to medical cover it has to be remembered that as far as I know no tracks use NHS ambulances for track cover  or NHS paid Paramedics or Doctor’s  the staff that cover it do it on their rest days or time off.

What may have to be considered is that tracks have two ambulances and double medical cover so if there was an incident there would be no need to call an NHS ambulance. If you look back at government briefings on Friday they have actually seen a substantial drop in A&E cases with the lowest waiting times for years.

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29 minutes ago, flagrag said:

With regards to medical cover it has to be remembered that as far as I know no tracks use NHS ambulances for track cover  or NHS paid Paramedics or Doctor’s  the staff that cover it do it on their rest days or time off.

What may have to be considered is that tracks have two ambulances and double medical cover so if there was an incident there would be no need to call an NHS ambulance. If you look back at government briefings on Friday they have actually seen a substantial drop in A&E cases with the lowest waiting times for years.

What happens when they get to hospital A+E. ?? 

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11 minutes ago, HGould said:

What happens when they get to hospital A+E. ?? 

 

That’s probably no more than one rider in every twenty meetings, so hardly an issue, is it?

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11 minutes ago, HGould said:

What happens when they get to hospital A+E. ?? 

Most A & E departments are pretty empty at the moment...

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3 hours ago, Blupanther said:

Most A & E departments are pretty empty at the moment...

What planet have you been living on???

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8 minutes ago, HGould said:

What planet have you been living on???

It was on TV yesterday that A& E's are 50% down on usual. People are keeping away if they can..

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