Staring into the abyss? The state of UK rugby's Super League

WILSON, Robert, PLUMLEY, Daniel James and BARRETT, David (2016). Staring into the abyss? The state of UK rugby's Super League. Managing Leisure, 20 (6), 293-310.

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    Abstract

    Rugby League's Super League was formed in 1995, due to unprecedented turmoil experienced in rugby league in Australia and a desire to run a season parallel to the Australian game during the British summer. The predicted outcomes of the Super League included greater uncertainty of outcome, increased attendances, and higher revenues for clubs, ultimately leading to the transformation of rugby league from a northern minority sport into a national/international sport. However, twenty years on, it appears that the Super League is running short of the objectives that it set itself. This paper analyses the financial health of Super League clubs alongside trends in attendance and participation. In summary, all three indicators of performance are poor in relation to the objectives set. These factors point to a bleak future for the sport and rugby league needs to produce a sustainable business model to keep both the clubs and the sport alive.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sport Industry Research Centre
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/23750472.2016.1141367
    Page Range: 293-310
    Depositing User: Dan Plumley
    Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2016 12:40
    Last Modified: 16 Sep 2020 11:09
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11664

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