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Friday, August 14

Pay-per-view games will save rugby league after coronavirus


A general view, of Wakefield Trinity’s Belle Vue stadium, fans, supporters. (Picture: SWPix.com) Copyright: Simon Wilkinson – simon@swpix.com

The former owner of Doncaster Rugby League club has some of Super League’s best talent on his books at Show Me The Money UK, including previous Steve Prescott Man of Steel winners Luke Gale and Zak Hardaker.

He famously uses GIFs of Postman Pat on Twitter when he has sealed another deal, with his trademark line about ‘always delivering’.

However, with the sport – like everything – having ground to a halt last month owing to the global pandemic, that has been replaced in recent weeks with a daily image of Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day character Phil Connors.

A general view inside the stadium ahead of the Betfred Super League match between Leeds Rhinos and Hull Kingston Rovers at Emerald Headingley Stadium. (Picture: George Wood/Getty Images) Copyright: 2020 Getty Images

With players already on furlough, there is no scope for discussing new contracts when clubs themselves do not yet know what the full impact of Covid-19 will be as they brace themselves for significant financial losses.

But Harrison, 49, told The Yorkshire Post: “I’m a lover of the game; my passion is the game. I’m actually the opposite of ‘Show Me The Money’ and I’ve an idea to save the sport. I’ve never been as serious. Once I explained to the lads what furlough was, I encouraged all of them to do that and help their club so the game could survive. I thought it was the only way to save the game. Players are doing the right thing, staying at home, staying healthy and, to be honest, looking at all the videos they all actually look fitter.

“Don’t ask me how. Whether their bodies are getting repaired or they’re doing more cardio, who knows. There’s been no business done, though, and it’d be actually disrespectful if I tried to do a deal while people are losing their lives.

“But what worries me is people don’t understand how big…

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