Sort of SSS related: Professional Rugby League planned for US

Discussion in 'Soccer in the USA' started by HSEUPASSION, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. HSEUPASSION

    HSEUPASSION New Member

    Apr 16, 2005
    Duck, NC
    http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/sport/nrl/story/0,26799,25248078-5006066,00.html

    I'd assume they'd use the soccer stadiums because of the pitch sizes and of course, costs.

    As if the poor pitch at the HDC could take any more pounding. But revenue is good. Five of the seven cities have soccer stadiums (Philadelphia's is being built).

    Jacksonville does too, actually.

    If it takes off it might be good for soccer overall. Soccer isn't going to win over ardent NFL fans, but league might, and that might be good for MLS and USL teams to get potential stadiums funded if they can go along with a rugby league team.
     
  2. soccermilitant

    soccermilitant Member+

    Jan 14, 2009
    St.paul
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  3. jeffconn

    jeffconn Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Norfolk, VA, USA
    Club:
    Hampton Roads Piranhas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  4. GalacticoX4

    GalacticoX4 Member+

    Jun 2, 2004
    rugby like American football destroys the pitch. Not to mention the lines.
     
  5. djpower

    djpower Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 9, 2005
    Victoria, Australia
    That would be awesome, it would be good if they got a tv deal like through Setanta it would make perfect sense for them since they also own stations in Australia and the UK
    I would say rugby would destroy the ground more than Ameriacn football but the line markings should not be that big of a problem as rugby marking on the field by either rugby codes are not that thick compared to American football, I know in Australia they have grounds where they play Rugby league, Rugby Union and soccer on them sometimes just days apart and the lines are never a problem.
     
  6. BringSoccerToIndy

    May 24, 2008
    1001 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Rugby league? No. Get rugby union a real league. Rugby union is true rugby, not this rugby league stuff. This title got my hopes up that there would be a rugby union league in the US.
     
  7. GalacticoX4

    GalacticoX4 Member+

    Jun 2, 2004
    i don't see how this benefits soccer in general to bring more entertainment competition. in the u.s. the's nfl, nba, college. you want more comp? plus they ruin your field. i mean yeah if all you want is a rent paying tenant fine but then the game suffers cause nobody can play right on a bad field. to me it doesn't help. plus i've got little interest in rugby.
     
  8. Big Soccer Member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Surrey, England
    Club:
    Newcastle United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Rubgy union is terrible compared to League. In Union, the ball can stay with the forwards pushing it a yard for about 5 minutes. In League, it is very fast play, running the ball through the hands and making penatrating runs. Quite an enjoyable game, but I who is possibly going to play in this league, as traditional rugby countrymen are hardly going to play, adn the US doesn't exactly have a rugby infastructure.
     
  9. art

    art Member

    Jul 2, 2000
    Portland OR
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Let's not forget Union has been tried and failed in this country. League IMO has a better chance of success because of it's greater speed, less stoppages, and similarity to American Football; I hope it's sold that way, there are SO many am football players in this country, with good coaching there's a huge ready made player pool just sitting there. I think this is great.
     
  10. Bluesfan

    Bluesfan Member+

    Aug 12, 2000
    Baltimore
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Scotland
    Can we move this League vs. Union debate to BigRugby, because I don't have a clue what you are talking about.
     
  11. RickChelsea

    RickChelsea Member

    Sep 28, 2008
    sidknee
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Mozambique
    Rugby League teams here in Australia play on the same grounds as football clubs, most of the time there are no problems at all, a lot of this is because League and union are played during winter here and footy in the summer, but give a pitch 3 days here after a rugby league game and it will be good enough for a football game. Of course again, there have been occasions like where grounds have been AWFUL, but a lot of that is from Rugby Union because of the scrums they do when they dig into the grass you find pot hole like ditches in the grass. Then again, a 'decent' footy pitch here in Australia would be deemed unacceptable in USA tbh.

    I don't like either Rugby too much, but as a neutral i think Rugby League is a good product and could go well in USA. Union is a snorefest
     
  12. leg_breaker

    leg_breaker Member

    Dec 23, 2005
    I'd have thought Union would do more damage to the pitch with all the scrums and rucks.
     

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