Dave Cowper (27)
Nothing about setting up a competitive and sustainable competition is straightforward.Which part is unachievable, to me this is straight forward.
Assuming 'maximum exposure' = fully FTA, it may make sense, but you can't demand this for a brand new, unproven comp. Broadcasters would want to see big numbers and growth over a number of years to even consider it.Second, must have a media deal, that provides maximum exposure to the general public. Just makes sense.
Tahs, Rebels, Brumbies, and Force already play smaller stadiums. A smaller stadium ~25k is not available for the Reds. I also recall evidence in another thread that matches are not being run at a loss, even with lower numbers in larger stadiums.Fourth, pick stadiums that are affordable and reflect crowds. Huge issue to cut costs to help maintain the competition
Sixth, the National Domestic Competition must be run and administered by the independent clubs, and they should also be responsible for funding the competition. This is how you get people to invest and more than likely run and operate it better than a governing body
Issues of governance without an overarching body and disconnect with Rugby AU's interests aside, it would be a hard sell for clubs (i.e. private investors in your proposal) to agree to funding at the level required for an internationally-competitive (re: salaries, playing standards, resources, etc.) competition that is unproven (particularly when previous attempts like NRC have failed), has no big TV deal bringing in funds (as mentioned before), and when rugby is on a downwards trajectory in popularity.That Rugby Australia as the governing body set the rules for a National Domestic Competition but the competition is independent from Rugby Australia, with Rugby Australia having little say in how its run other that to set the broader ground rules.
Good luck telling World Rugby you've got a clash and that they need to change when you have literally no leverageTest match series must fit in with the National Domestic Competition not the other way around.
Hard and fast punitive measures (especially when linked to often-poorly-crafted KPIs) are one of the worst things possible for attraction and retention of talent.Set KPI's that if not reached result in management in charge of those KPI's being sacked.