Impact could be RUINOUS.
Byline: Sport email@example.com JOHN LAWLESS SCRUMS DOWN ON THE RUGBY LEAGUE SCENE
AT the time of writing, rugby league has gone into lockdown until at least April 3. I say 'at the time of writing' because I'm expecting that date to be extended very soon. The football authorities have already announced that their shutdown will be until at least April 30 and the RFL/Super League are sure to make a similar announcement soon.
As we all know, the pace of developments regarding the coronavirus pandemic is bewildering but we're already at the point where it represents an existential threat to some RL clubs.
The clubs will, no doubt, have their hands out for government help but then so will everybody else. Huge swathes of society are going to have to be bailed out as the negative multiplier effect rips through the economy.
Fortunately, being a monetary sovereign means that finding the wonga is no problem for a currency issuing Government. But a lifetime (pretty much) of swallowing, and indeed facilitating, neoliberalism may mean the Government will be reluctant to fire the enormous bazooka needed in time.
There are people out there who will be reluctant to maintain the myth of 'money scarcity' no matter what the cost in real terms ie. lives blighted, ruined and even, sadly, curtailed.
In the circumstances, wailing about the effect on rugby league per se, seems like a bit of an indulgence.
But this is an RL column so at risk of pointing out the obvious, the impact on many within the sport is potentially ruinous.
Many clubs lead a bit of a handto-mouth existence and given that putting your hand near your face is officially frowned upon at the moment (it's a metaphor - don't write in!), it spells big trouble.
There is some talk of games being played behind closed doors down the track in order to satisfy contractual TV obligations and St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus has suggested the season could be extended into November or beyond, which would probably put paid to the Ashes tour. However, I'm sure Eamonn would admit that we're in the land of speculation.
Nobody knows how this is going to pan out.
St Helens players look dejected as Castleford Tigers celebrates during last week's Betfred Super League defeat at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle RICHARD SELLERS
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|Author:||Sport firstname.lastname@example.org JOHN LAWLESS SCRUMS DOWN ON THE RUGBY LEAGUE SCENE|
|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Mar 21, 2020|
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