Super League in talks with Newcastle United over postponing Magic Weekend
The league’s chief business offer accepts that the original plan to play 27 rounds this term is now “impractical”.
Newcastle United have been asked if they might host the Dacia Magic Weekend later on in the year as Super League comes to grips with the complexities of another coronavirus-hit season.
The decision to return the start date by a fortnight to March 25 has actually caused a series of causal sequences, not least the number of components to be played before the start of the play-offs in September.
At a media rundown performed online on Wednesday early morning, Rhodri Jones, the league’s primary business deal who heads up the components working group, stated the original strategy to play 27 rounds is now “unrealistic”.
The alternatives under factor to consider are 25 rounds, which would mean each club losing one more home game, or 23 rounds which would get rid of the loop fixtures and make it possible for clubs to play each other house and away and keep Magic, although that would require the assistance of broadcaster Sky Sports.
” There’s a great balance in between playing a lot of games in regards to straining the players but also supplying a material return for season-ticket holders,” Jones said.
” A 27-game round is impractical in terms of the load on the gamers and 23 feels a little light in regards to season tickets so that naturally leaves us with one left.
” At the minute, 25 is the most likely but, depending upon the choice on Magic, it may be 24 or 26. Magic is the very first thing we need to box off and phone on.”
The 2020 Magic Weekend was cancelled due to the pandemic and is arranged to occur at St James’ Park on the weekend of May 29-30.
” There’s a lot of things to consider with Magic,” Jones stated. “It offers six games to the broadcaster and we have an aspect of commercial money that can be found in from it.
” We’re trying to understand the very best offer we can put together, while putting that versus public health concerns and the truth of the number of people we’re going to be able to act in Newcastle.
” We remain in dialogue with Newcastle United and have actually inquired to consider moving it back in the calendar, at which point we’ll have to make a more educated judgement.
” We’re mindful the Premier League season begins at the start of August.”
Jones says the probability is that the very first 2 weeks of the project will be played behind closed doors and, although there is absolutely nothing to avoid clubs hosting their own fixtures, Jones anticipates a comparable plan to 2020 when single locations were utilized to phase double or triple headers.
Jones revealed that league components will be organized for the weekend of the proposed England v Exiles match at the end of June, with a likely quota on the variety of players available from each club, and confirmed there will be no derby video games over Easter.
The probability is that the opening two rounds will be loop components which the Wigan-St Helens derby, which has been played over Easter every year since 1989, will be lowered the calendar, along with the Hull derby, in the hope of getting crowds in already.
A decision on the component format is not anticipated until next week at the earliest however clubs will receive an upgrade from executive chairman Robert Elstone on his settlements with Sky over a brand-new tv deal and strategies for corporate financial investment at a virtual conference on Friday.