Cumbrian chairman slams RFL

Barrow chairman Steve Neale has launched a scathing attack against the RFL following a recent meeting with the governing body.

Writing in the North West Evening Mail, Neale revealed that there is no TV deal in place for the Summer Bash and accused the RFL of lacking a coherent strategy,

He also accused the governing body of “skirting over” a drop in attendances in League 1 and questioned the robustness of the current Challenge Cup sponsorship deal with Coral.

“There is no TV broadcast agreed for the Summer Bash. This is delaying the production of tickets for the clubs to distribute because we haven’t agreed kick-off times,” said Neale.

“There is also no sponsor for the Summer Bash and not one piece of ground advertising has been sold. This is a big event in the Championship calendar. All of the clubs’ representatives in the room could have sold some.

“Moving onto the 1895 Cup; again, no TV deal. They are negotiating with the BBC. They are not sure if the semi-finals will be a double header with TV or home and away advantage. Again, they have no sponsor.

“There is no prize-money for the clubs, but they say we can have ticket sales from Wembley once they have their £100,000 staging costs back.

“They then proudly tell us that Coral have signed a two-year deal for the Challenge Cup but then mention they can pull out after one. In my eyes, that’s a one-year deal.”

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