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Rugby Finance, Accounts and Funding.

This section focuses on the finances that drive rugby business. The governing bodies and top tier clubs in league and union in UK and Ireland generate collectively over £600 million in turnover each year.

We report and archive financial performance in rugby in more detail than any other media channel. We analyse and compare current rugby finance and related news against past reports, interview leading figures from rugby bodies and experts in tax, finance and accounting in sport.

Our aim is to present a clear financial and statistical breakdown of the rugby business – the revenue and the costs - where possible in monetary value. When clear financial information is not available, we’ll find indicators (season ticket sales, average attendance, sponsorship deals, TV rights, pints of beer sold) to give our readers understandable trends and contexts.

Sports economy does not tend to follow other business models. The governing bodies distribute financial surpluses back into developing the game; benefactor club chairmen invest their own money knowing that profiting from their investment is an unlikely scenario. People working within rugby or supplying the industry – and not least interested fans who have invested more than the price of a ticket into clubs – are well-served by our coverage of the numbers away from the glare of the floodlights.

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We believe strongly that covering best practise and case studies at the elite end of the sport of rugby can benefit junior clubs, schools and colleges at the grassroots. Clubs taking a realistic business-like approach over the long-term will thrive. Managing the finances is the life-blood of an organisation of any size and we hope that our content in this section makes a contribution at every level of the game.

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When Is Fan Ownership A Good Idea?

9 January 2017 by Dave Williams, Publisher of Running Rugby

I’ve always fancied owning a pub. A very small stake-holding in my local, acting collectively with a hundred-or-so neighbours, so we own and manage a warm, welcome gathering place. Taking material ...

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Bulls Go Bust, But "Rugby League Needs Bradford"

3 January 2017

Bradford Bulls have ceased trading and released all staff. No last gasp rescue package could be found between the administrators and a number of bidding parties to take ownership of the existing compa...

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Bulls Bid Rejected By Administrator

29 December 2016

A bid to buy the Bradford Bulls has been rejected by the administrator, the Bradford Telegraph & Argus has reported. A deal was expected to be done on December 23 but the negotiations have dragged...

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€200k FFR XIII Shortfall Threatens RLWC Participation

27 December 2016

Marc Palanques, the new president of Fédération Française de Rugby à XIII, has disclosed a €200k (£170k) deficit in the governing body’s accounts for last year (ending June 30th 2016) that th...

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RFL Between A Rock And A Hard Place Over Odsal

22 December 2016

The RFL are between a rock and a hard place over the terms of the sale of Bradford Bulls. The governing body have the duty to approve new investors coming forward and to negotiate the terms for lease ...

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Western Province Commercial Arm Fails

22 December 2016

In a clear indication of the difficult economic climate for rugby union in South Africa, Western Province Rugby (Pty) Limited, the commercial arm of the South African province’s governing body, wa...

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