Workington And Bradford Fall Out Over Live Streaming

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10 April 2018

Stakes were raised when Workington Town hosted Bradford Bulls in their League 1 fixture last Sunday after the two clubs fell out publicly over the home side’s refusal to allow the Bulls to broadcast the game live or delayed on the same day.

Proper Sport and BullsLive usually stream games live on Facebook, but Workington have declined Bradford’s request to stream the game as is the right of the home club.

An exchange of official statements ensued in the days before the game. Bulls chairman, Andrew Chalmers accusing Workington of being “amateur and completely selfish” and a response from the Cumbrian club accusing Bradford of “arrogance” and being “unprofessional”.

The issues are perhaps best outlined in the full text of each statement from the clubs involved.

Andrew Chalmers, Bradford Bulls chairman:

“The Workington Town board position is a shortsighted poor decision in not allowing BullsLive and ProperSport to live stream or even show any delayed coverage of the game.

“All rugby league fans including young and old fans and especially sick supporters and those who can't make or afford the 7hr return trip are denied the opportunity to support enjoy and celebrate rugby league.

“Bigger principles are at stake here. Our great sport of rugby league deserves to be showcased around the world by every club at every opportunity.

“Amateur and completely selfish is the only way I can truly describe this decision.

“I’m sure many rugby league fans will feel this damages Cumbrian desire for Super League inclusion.


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