Puja wrote:Puja wrote:Mellsblue wrote:I was listening to the Rugby Wrap Up podcast on my jog this afternoon and, in between puking in my mouth and inwardly bemoaning my Flatman-esque love of red meat and red wine, Kennedy made said revelation.
Other points of note were the dislike of Austin’s (foreign) recruitment policy, that Boston look strong for next year, Atlanta are going to build with young local players, Washington DC have gone very quiet, and the only thing stopping San Francisco entering a franchise is an inability to find a suitable stadium. He also hinted that expansion is at an end as they are in danger of diluting player quality.
Agreed that expansion should come to a halt (with the possible exception of any Canadian franchises, as they're a different player base). With the possible exceptions of North California and the Mid-West, there's no real pockets of unmined rugby talent that aren't covered by MLR sides (and the best from those areas will move if they're serious about rugby as a career). It's good that there's interest from new franchises wanting in, but better to pause now and let the player base grow, rather than go too fast, too early, and end up with a crappy product that collapses back in on itself in a few years.
Besides, if they pause expansion for a couple of seasons and there's a few franchises banging on the door to get in, then they can up the buy-in to the league and make a quick buck when they do expand.
Pause to expansion, says NY. Two more teams for 2021, says Houston!
In Kennedy’s defence, I may have been dry-wretching when he said expansion would be paused post 2021.