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PremierLeague-News.Com - To have missed the fact these are financially trying times in which to live would require a dedication to burying your head in the sand akin to, oh for the sake of argument let’s say, “sticking to the football” for the duration of the most sordid and scandal-ridden World Cup in the sport’s already pock-marked history.

UK news Ulster's cut-price ticket promotion for Zebre match a wise decision in these trying financial times last news

PremierLeague-News.Com - To have missed the fact these are financially trying times in which to live would require a dedication to burying your head in the sand akin to, oh for the sake of argument let’s say, “sticking to the football” for the duration of the most sordid and scandal-ridden World Cup in the sport’s already pock-marked history.

UK news Ulster's cut-price ticket promotion for Zebre match a wise decision in these trying financial times last news
22 November 2022 - 08:01

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "To have missed the fact these are financially trying times in which to live would require a dedication to burying your head in the sand akin to, oh for the sake of argument let’s say, “sticking to the football” for the duration of the most sordid and scandal-ridden World Cup in the sport’s already pock-marked history. Indeed, should aliens land on earth in the run up to Christmas, you’d get short odds that the first snatches of the English language they’d hear would be the words “cost of living crisis.”It is timely, therefore, that Ulster Rugby will have a “Black Friday” of their own when Zebre come to Ravenhill this weekend for the resumption of the United Rugby Championship after a three-week break.Ticket prices have been slashed and, at the time of writing, it seems as if the northern province will have their biggest crowd of the year and perhaps their first sell-out.That is no mean feat.Consider the motivations for giving the fixture a swerve.Coming fresh off the Autumn Internationals, this is traditionally a week in the calendar when teams are far from full strength, although in Ulster’s case they’ll likely have a stronger panel available than previously expected given only Rob Herring and Stuart McCloskey featured for Ireland against Australia. Furthermore, Zebre are the worst team in the League, the only side in the URC still chasing a win and an outfit that have been on the end of some real hidings here in recent years including Ulster’s record points tally in a game five-and-a-half years ago.After a strikingly mild autumn the weather has belatedly taken a turn for the worse and the game will be available on terrestrial TV. There is that aforementioned other sporting event on at the same time too.On the surface, this was a recipe for a return to the days when one could have stood up for the Ulstermen without a sinner within an arm’s length long before the phrase “social distancing” ever entered the lexicon. And that is before even considering the more over-arching theory that the pandemic has broken habits across the board, especially when it comes to attending sport in person.Shuttered stadiums normalised the experience of watching from the sofa and the raw numbers would indicate that some simply didn’t return.While noting that three home games in the first four weeks of the year was hardly ideal from a box office perspective, official attendance figures for the clashes with Connacht (10,858), Leinster (14,477) and Ospreys (11,517) confirmed the general impression in the ground that it was far from standing room only.These things are all relative — only Leinster had a higher average attendance in the league last season and that includes games taken to the Aviva Stadium — and there are rugby teams the world over that would bite your hand off for such gates. Ulster deserve credit for this promotion. It is not an easy thing to execute, especially when the majority of your crowd remains season ticket holders who have already handed over their set fee for the whole campaign.While those most committed die-hards will be compensated by a free pint for those first through the gates and a discount on kit, one can see how their paying more than the floating voter could grate.But if Ravenhill is to return to regularly-packed houses, it is clear that some creative thinking was required. Those in charge are running a business but you hope that someone with a head for numbers can come up with a formula that simultaneously both maximises their return but also maxes out attendance.After all, in admittedly simplistic terms, three people availing of Friday’s half-price tickets yields greater return than one full-price customer.The number of bums on seats on Friday will show that the appetite is still there.

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.. if the price is right. Should, as many have been speculating over recent days, Twitter and its little blue bird follow the dodo into extinction, at least the platform played host to one last rugby meltdown.No, not the now suspended Rassie Erasmus, the reaction to the shortlists for the World Rugby Awards in Monaco on Sunday night.In truth, there nothing overly controversial about the winners. Ireland and Leinster’s Josh van der Flier was expected to add to the European Player of the Year gong he’d already won by taking home the Men’s Player of the Year, while the Black Ferns’ recent World Cup triumph was always likely to be fittingly rewarded.The reveal of the names of the four finalists put forward for each award was, however, another matter entirely.Those getting most up in arms seemed to forget one thing though... such debates are half the fun of these things.Nobody’s absence from such lists is a ‘disgrace’, a ‘sham’ or a ‘mockery’, but simply a result of there being more deserving candidates than there are places on the shortlists.In rugby especially, where different players in the same team in the same game do almost wholly different jobs, the candidacy of players is almost impossible to compare, hence the lack of acknowledgement for props down the years when it is universally acknowledged that the man or woman in the No.3 jersey is one of the most valuable in any squad.How, as an example, can one compare the years of Johnny Sexton and Eben Etzebth when they play the same sport but in so radically different ways?The same can be said of coaches.All four nominated took their teams to great heights with the winner Wayne Smith guiding New Zealand to the World Cup. How do you accurately compare what he has done with one of the sport’s best sides to what Pablo Lemoine has done with Chile? You can’t.Now, that said... where were Eben Etzebeth and Ardie Savea in the dream team? And don’t get me started on Gregory Alldritt’s absence from the Men’s Player of the Year list." , "isAccessibleForFree": "False", "hasPart": { "@type": "WebPageElement", "isAccessibleForFree": "False","cssSelector": "#flip-pay"} }

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