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Superliga Americana de Rugby (SLAR)

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Re: Superliga Americana de Rugby (SLAR)

Postby argie » Tue, 24 Mar 2020, 14:48

Interview to Sebastián Piñeyrúa about SLAR.
https://www.elobservador.com.uy/nota/pi ... 2032018180

Some points of interest:
- The franchises spent the 50% or some more from their US$ 1M budget.
- Specially in hotels reservations and airline tickets for the whole season.
- They are looking to traslate those costs over to the next season.
- Each Union has a 50% participation in the franchises, the rest belongs to private investors.

- All foreign players have returned to their homes. https://twitter.com/SLARugby/status/1242199677799407617

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Re: Superliga Americana de Rugby (SLAR)

Postby victorsra » Thu, 26 Mar 2020, 14:39

from things I heard here, it seems it is unlikely that Brazil (and Corinthians) will be back to SLAR in 2021. Many things can change, nothing official, only talks and speculations. But this is a very possible scenario.
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Re: Superliga Americana de Rugby (SLAR)

Postby Pichulonko » Fri, 27 Mar 2020, 23:15

You'll be hearing different things in a few months

Give it time

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Re: Superliga Americana de Rugby (SLAR)

Postby victorsra » Fri, 27 Mar 2020, 23:44

it is not a consequence of the covid-19...
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Re: Superliga Americana de Rugby (SLAR)

Postby Pichulonko » Sun, 29 Mar 2020, 04:25

Having a South American rugby competition was Brazil's idea to begin with and without them it simply will not work

Please elaborate a bit more on what's going on in CBRu

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Re: Superliga Americana de Rugby (SLAR)

Postby victorsra » Sun, 29 Mar 2020, 14:36

It was more Uruguay's, but yes, Brazil was in the front in the early stages of it, before losing leadership with its own problems. I've been talking about CBRu $ problems and about how Brazilian rugby hasn't grown below the national team for a very long time. But basicaly the idea of doing a bigger step came from the current CBRu president (Eduardo Mufarej) and the former CEO (Agustin Danza). During 2019 the project deteriorated as Danza was unable to sell it. In the end, Danza left and Mufarej decided to put his money in the franchise. He is the one backing it (there is zero Corinthians' money). The new CEO is not finding a better solution and Mufarej will leave at the end of 2020. CBRu is in growing debt as well and this means if they fail again to sell the franchise for a private investor they won't have the money to be in SLAR.
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Re: Superliga Americana de Rugby (SLAR)

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Sun, 29 Mar 2020, 15:28

victorsra wrote:It was more Uruguay's, but yes, Brazil was in the front in the early stages of it, before losing leadership with its own problems. I've been talking about CBRu $ problems and about how Brazilian rugby hasn't grown below the national team for a very long time. But basicaly the idea of doing a bigger step came from the current CBRu president (Eduardo Mufarej) and the former CEO (Agustin Danza). During 2019 the project deteriorated as Danza was unable to sell it. In the end, Danza left and Mufarej decided to put his money in the franchise. He is the one backing it (there is zero Corinthians' money). The new CEO is not finding a better solution and Mufarej will leave at the end of 2020. CBRu is in growing debt as well and this means if they fail again to sell the franchise for a private investor they won't have the money to be in SLAR.


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Re: Superliga Americana de Rugby (SLAR)

Postby Pichulonko » Mon, 30 Mar 2020, 04:53

SLAR needs a lucrative TV deal, simple as that.

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Re: Superliga Americana de Rugby (SLAR)

Postby victorsra » Mon, 30 Mar 2020, 06:01

SLAR started with no TV at all in Brazil...
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Re: Superliga Americana de Rugby (SLAR)

Postby Pichulonko » Mon, 30 Mar 2020, 18:03

There´s no ESPN in Brazil?

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Re: Superliga Americana de Rugby (SLAR)

Postby victorsra » Mon, 30 Mar 2020, 18:53

There is, but we have ESPN Brasil, not ESPN Sur (ESPN "Sur" = the ESPN channels you have in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia). They are completely different. ESPN Brasil has its own 4 channels and is 100% in Portuguese with its own programs and broadcast rights. They are independent from each other. There is no ESPN Sur programs or broadcasts in ESPN Brasil (on TV).

Some Argentine or North American content is shown (in Spanish or English) only on Watch ESPN (the online streaming plataform), but only when ESPN Brasil has the rights of that event and doesn't have interest in producing it in Portuguese because there isn't audience enough (that happens with many rugby matches).

SLAR (in fact Sudamerica Rugby) did the huge mistake of signing SLAR broadcast rights with ESPN Sur and simply forgot (and "forget" is the right term) to sign with ESPN Brasil. SLAR anounced in their social media SLAR would be available on ESPN in Brasil but it wasn't true. When I asked, they simply thought Brazilians had access to ESPN Sur. And that's not the first time they do that mistake.
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Re: Superliga Americana de Rugby (SLAR)

Postby Pedro1 » Tue, 31 Mar 2020, 10:37

At these moments we realise how amateur rugby still is. Could you imagine any other professional sports organization making a mistake like that?

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Re: Superliga Americana de Rugby (SLAR)

Postby Raven » Tue, 31 Mar 2020, 12:02

I don´t see Brazil missing out on the SLAR "Season 2". Rugby has decided to go towards one direction in South America, and Brazil has to aim towards it. They might have to use funds they didn´t expect to use on that, they probably will ask for Sudamerica Rugby or WR even to help them out somehow, they will again not hire any overseas players to keep costs down and focus on a Nat Team High Performance, but a SLAR without Brazil is just not possible.

What´s now a stronger rumour is that Nacional will not aim for 2021 and might postpone to "further notice" their participation. But I guess this is the COVID-19 effect and the uncertainty of everything. I haven´t read anything on Cafeteros preparation, or lack of, so can´t say if they were aiming to be competitive in the Showcase series of this season, or were just going to focus on having a good side on the next, nor can I venture to think what´s going through their heads now.

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Re: Superliga Americana de Rugby (SLAR)

Postby victorsra » Tue, 31 Mar 2020, 14:00

Funds they dont expect to use? They are already using them.
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