General 2022 Season

Miket12

Warriors 1st Grader
Apr 20, 2012
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I know we haven’t even started this year‘s season yet but the Warriors are asking the NRL to let them “buy” the rights for Aussie home games next year and play as many games as they can next season in NZ. Some of the Australian clubs seem to be backing them.

Rugby League: New Zealand Warriors bid to play 2022 season at home​

The Warriors have hatched a plan to flood New Zealand with their NRL games in 2022, and some Australian clubs are backing the move.

Warriors chief executive Cameron George plans to buy home games off their NRL opponents and play them around the country.

The club is marooned in Australia for a second season because of Covid-19 travel restrictions. Their 2021 campaign won't return to Mt Smart Stadium until June 21 at earliest, having played all their games in Australia in 2020.

They will seek compensation from the NRL but are being proactive about kick-starting the game here in 2022, planning to spend over $2.5m to acquire home game rights from opponents.

George indicated to the Herald-Sun that some opponents were willing to play ball, and he has reached out to investors to back the scheme. NRL clubs reportedly make about $250,000 per home game.

"I've already started discussing with certain NRL clubs whether they would consider selling us their home game to come to New Zealand next year," he said.

"I'm trying to build a portfolio of games to play in New Zealand next year and get as many as we can to play over there.

"For example, instead of playing the likes of the Raiders in Canberra, I'd buy that game off them and bring them to Wellington or Christchurch.

"We play 10 home games next year, plus the Magic Round in Brisbane. I'd love to buy as many away games from the Australian-based clubs and play a minimum 16 NRL games here. We'd love up to 20 games."

He is also asking the NRL to schedule as many games as possible in the prime 8pm Friday kickoff spot.

"(That) gives the game a really good launch pad - it's about relaunching the game in New Zealand, not just the Warriors," George said.

"The way to do that is to play as many games as we can in New Zealand."

Under the scheme, the NRL would pay for the Australian teams' travel, instead of what would have been the Warriors' costs.

George said that because the Warriors had paid such a high price to keep the NRL afloat during the pandemic, rival clubs had indicated a willingness to be part of the scheme to "spread the gospel"...at the right price.

The club is down about $300,000 per lost home game, and George said it had affected membership.

"We will be knocking on the NRL's door at some stage," he said.

"It has really impacted on our financial position in the short, mid and long term."

 

wellyboy

1st Grade Fringe
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Jun 1, 2015
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I know we haven’t even started this year‘s season yet but the Warriors are asking the NRL to let them “buy” the rights for Aussie home games next year and play as many games as they can next season in NZ. Some of the Australian clubs seem to be backing them.

Rugby League: New Zealand Warriors bid to play 2022 season at home​

The Warriors have hatched a plan to flood New Zealand with their NRL games in 2022, and some Australian clubs are backing the move.

Warriors chief executive Cameron George plans to buy home games off their NRL opponents and play them around the country.

The club is marooned in Australia for a second season because of Covid-19 travel restrictions. Their 2021 campaign won't return to Mt Smart Stadium until June 21 at earliest, having played all their games in Australia in 2020.

They will seek compensation from the NRL but are being proactive about kick-starting the game here in 2022, planning to spend over $2.5m to acquire home game rights from opponents.

George indicated to the Herald-Sun that some opponents were willing to play ball, and he has reached out to investors to back the scheme. NRL clubs reportedly make about $250,000 per home game.

"I've already started discussing with certain NRL clubs whether they would consider selling us their home game to come to New Zealand next year," he said.

"I'm trying to build a portfolio of games to play in New Zealand next year and get as many as we can to play over there.

"For example, instead of playing the likes of the Raiders in Canberra, I'd buy that game off them and bring them to Wellington or Christchurch.

"We play 10 home games next year, plus the Magic Round in Brisbane. I'd love to buy as many away games from the Australian-based clubs and play a minimum 16 NRL games here. We'd love up to 20 games."

He is also asking the NRL to schedule as many games as possible in the prime 8pm Friday kickoff spot.

"(That) gives the game a really good launch pad - it's about relaunching the game in New Zealand, not just the Warriors," George said.

"The way to do that is to play as many games as we can in New Zealand."

Under the scheme, the NRL would pay for the Australian teams' travel, instead of what would have been the Warriors' costs.

George said that because the Warriors had paid such a high price to keep the NRL afloat during the pandemic, rival clubs had indicated a willingness to be part of the scheme to "spread the gospel"...at the right price.

The club is down about $300,000 per lost home game, and George said it had affected membership.

"We will be knocking on the NRL's door at some stage," he said.

"It has really impacted on our financial position in the short, mid and long term."

Thats crap we gotta ask the nrl for help. The nrl should be paying the bulk of our financial problems as the warriors are the reason the comp is still going. If the warriors forfeit the season the nrl will have to answer to channel 9 and foxtel for their failed tv dealership agreement. Man this pisses me off that the warriors are suffering and sacrificing so much to make sure the nrl continues. Hey nrl! Your thanks can only go so far.
 
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Lance155

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Feb 24, 2013
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I like the balance of our away games being out of mt smart. I think that makes it more fair.end of the day we played 2 seasons without a home crowd and other teama can't do it for 1 or 2 games. The crowd won't be as strong as mt smart so it isn't as big of advantage. Clubs that will support it will be Melbourne etc because they get you have to be the better team. Home advantage is minimal.
 
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gREVUS

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May 8, 2012
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I like the balance of our away games being out of mt smart. I think that makes it more fair.end of the day we played 2 seasons without a home crowd and other teama can't do it for 1 or 2 games. The crowd won't be as strong as mt smart so it isn't as big of advantage. Clubs that will support it will be Melbourne etc because they get you have to be the better team. Home advantage is minimal.
nooo not the storm game, thats my local game. the one and only time i dont have to travel to see them play. And normally a damn good game, as it ties in with Anzac day.
Also on a side note i think its one of the biggest payday games the storm play. not sure on that though. it is defn up there.
 

bangbros18

1st Grade Fringe
May 20, 2019
1,748
nooo not the storm game, thats my local game. the one and only time i dont have to travel to see them play. And normally a damn good game, as it ties in with Anzac day.
Also on a side note i think its one of the biggest payday games the storm play. not sure on that though. it is defn up there.
Would love the Anzac game to be shared every other year.
 

kabkram

1st Grade Fringe
Oct 21, 2015
479
CG's proposal for the Warriors to play the majority of their games at 6pm(8pm NZT) Friday should be a no brainer I'd have thought. Guaranteed a larger NZ viewing audience and it's a kaka time for oz teams especially crowd wise. In saying that I've always been a fan of Sunday afternoon footy which is the normal time the Warriors to be playing.
 

Juju

1st Grade Fringe
Nov 9, 2012
1,677
It's rank Abdo has already come out and said it's not likely.

I'm sure the Warriors could raise the $2.5m from investors to get the 10 games over here fairly easily.
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,687
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Would love the Anzac game to be shared every other year.
Will never happen. The ANZAC clash is the only regular season game the Storm sell out the stadium. They fight tooth and nail to host it. When every club submit there preferences for the NRL to consider when drawing up the rounds this one is the top of Melbournes list.

Thats why when the club made their top priority a home ANZAC match because we had designed our first ANZAC jersey we had to play the Titans (and lost) because the Storm wouldn't come over to play us...
 
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bangbros18

1st Grade Fringe
May 20, 2019
1,748
Will never happen. The ANZAC clash is the only regular season game the Storm sell out the stadium. They fight tooth and nail to host it. When every club submit there preferences for the NRL to consider when drawing up the rounds this one is the top of Melbournes list.

Thats why when the club made their top priority a home ANZAC match because we had designed our first ANZAC jersey we had to play the Titans (and lost) because the Storm wouldn't come over to play us...
So we should count out lucky stars they even invited us to annual beat down?
 
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