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The Damo Bit - 10th August 2011
Posted by southstander on August 10 2011 - 07:30:20

by DAMO-LEEDS

This week our columninst argues that Rugby League has always been a pathfinder and a catalyst for change.

With the troubles sweeping the nation, our Damo thinks that it is time for our game to step up to the plate and once again be a positive force for change.

Read more here....

All views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the site.

Last weekend saw Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors make it through to the challenge cup final which will be held at Wembley Stadium in London later on this month. Itís terrifying to think that if this final was this weekend coming up it could have been postponed just like many football matches were delayed last night and tonight thanks to the rioting throughout London and the rest of the country. Amidst the anarchy, the rugby league community should try and rekindle its long lost working class ethos.

Itís sometimes easy to forget that this sport started on the backdrop of the upper class suppressing the working class from making a living from a sport that was once played for free. The upper class could afford to play for free because injury didn't effect their livelihoodsd. The working class on the other hand had to make financial sacrifices in order to play the game that we all so love to watch. The working class lobbied the upper class for change to no avail. Eventually the working class broke away from the suppressors up London and started off a rugby revolution.

Today this revolution is still in place and it has benefitted a lot of people. Sport is just one fantastic example of how jobs and fantastic lifestyles can be created. Unfortunately routes into these jobs and lifestyles are been suppressed by selfish commercialistic interests. Also letís be honest - if the owners of a sports magazine can make more personal wealth for themselves by having one less journalist in the team they will simply just get rid of that person. The problem today is that personal profit goes before people meaning that social responsibility gets chucked out of the window a majority of the time. Yet many of us remain placid through all of this.

The bottom line is that the rugby league community needs to come together and create a future for all instead of just those who got here at the right time. You have a look around at rugby league media and itís the same faces that keep popping up again and again. Itís as if these faces are permanently stuck there like dictators who have suppressed any new talent coming through. We need to take a leaf out of theí salary cap in the super leagueí book where everyone is given an equal platform to have a go if they good enough. People also need to be given years and years of chances in top flight media instead of just been given a column inch one a year. Itís the only way these youngsters coming out of university will be able to compete with the dinosaurs of the rugby league media world.

The rugby league community is finally getting it right on the field in terms of the salary cap. Now itís time to get it right off the field too in order to set an example to the rest of the country in how to go about things.

Damo

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