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    Exclamation Titans Closed Home Games and Corona Virus

    The Gold Coast Titans will play their first home game of the season against Parramatta next weekend at Cbus Super Stadium behind close doors, with the NRL advising all clubs to adhere to the Australian Government’s ban on large gatherings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    While this is obviously a disappointing outcome for the Titans, our Members, fans and corporate partners, the health and safety of our supporters, players and staff remains of paramount importance.

    The Titans will continue to be guided by advice from the NRL and the Australian Government in dealing with the plan for future matches at Cbus Super Stadium.

    The NRL’s whole-of-game response to the corona virus outbreak is supported by the Titans, and the Club appreciates the understanding of our stakeholders as we deal with this unique, constantly changing situation.

    The Titans will communicate further information to our Members, fans and supporters as it becomes available.

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    So are we all going to the pub instead?

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    just hope mobs like Stadiums Queensland waiver or heavily discount the fees during this crisis, as there wouldn't be any clubs that play at these Stadiums that could carry the financial burden.
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    Imagine if the NRL cancels the next 5 weeks of the season. All of a sudden our draw doesn’t look too bad...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toads View Post
    just hope mobs like Stadiums Queensland waiver or heavily discount the fees during this crisis, as there wouldn't be any clubs that play at these Stadiums that could carry the financial burden.
    110% and I would hope all of our members (including us on here) would not ask for refunds on memberships. It’s a shame that we may miss out on 2-3 home games (best case scenario) but at the end of the day we’ve all spent the money and the club will be struggling financially like the rest of us too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BundyTitan View Post
    110% and I would hope all of our members (including us on here) would not ask for refunds on memberships. It’s a shame that we may miss out on 2-3 home games (best case scenario) but at the end of the day we’ve all spent the money and the club will be struggling financially like the rest of us too.
    Club needs to fully explain how much they need the memberships money as an act of goodwill and transparency. For some it is quite a whack on the budget and can be pretty much a households entire entertainment budget.
    Just add some detail when communicating with members and I think most people even the battlers will cop it on the chin.

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    We will miss our most important game of the year too against the donkeys
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    Don furner said that for the raiders to not have people at there home games will cost them $400k each game that’s with refunds

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    Postpone or cancel if that’s the cost.

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    I must admit I will NOT take up a refund option if offered in terms of season tickets.

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    Spewing to miss the Titans v Broncos game.

    I'm keen to catch up with the crew at a pub.

    I believe fans should be re-reimbursed and the NRL should re-reimburse the clubs. I'm happy to take the hit myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny86 View Post
    Don furner said that for the raiders to not have people at there home games will cost them $400k each game that’s with refunds
    Gee and I saw the subsidy from the NRL at a figure of 700k per club! That won't last!

    Perhaps government venues should waive rent!

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    NRL stars lose millions in coronavirus act of god clause: report
    NRL players are facing a “doomsday” scenario where they will lose millions from the coronavirus crisis and a contract technicality.

    news.com.auMARCH 14, 20204:28PM
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    NRL players are facing the prospect of losing millions should the 2020 season continue to be played behind closed doors in response to the coronavirus.
    With all 16 clubs facing shortfalls of millions following the NRL’s decision to play all matches after the conclusion of round one behind closed doors, reports emerged on Saturday that some of the costs will be passed onto the players.
    The Australian’s Brent Read told Triple M NRL on Saturday the NRL and its clubs have a provision in the Collective Bargaining agreement that will allow them to slash and suspend payments to players in the event of a financial catastrophe on the game.
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    The clause, known as an “act of god” clause would give the clubs and NRL officials power to renegotiate the 2020 salary cap and slash payments.
    Read reported the clause can be triggered by several financial milestones, including the NRL losing revenues of $10 million or more in any one year.
    He said the potential hit to the players’ hip pockets is not even the game’s greatest concern at this point.
    The entire season would be in jeopardy should any player contract the virus.
    “The minute a player gets it… that’s the great fear for the game, that a player gets it because the financial damage would be immeasurable,” Read told Triple M.

    Bronson Xerri tested negative to coronavirus.
    Bronson Xerri tested negative to coronavirus.Source:AAP
    “It would destroy clubs. That’s the thing we all live in fear of. The reason they’re talking about taking all the teams and players to one place is that not only would you reduce the travel, but all the players would be together and you could cocoon them in a way. That would help protect them from the virus as well.
    “There’s actually a clause in the agreement that was struck with the players a couple of years ago that in the event that the game suffers a big financial catastrophe they can renegotiate the salary cap. So it could be that the players will have to wear some of this as well.
    “They’re using the CBA, that’s in the CBA. It’s called an ‘Act of God’ clause. It may get to the point that the players have to wear some of it and the salary cap gets slightly reduced.”
    The report estimated NRL clubs will lose up to $20 million if all matches are played behind closed doors for four rounds.
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    NBA stars are also facing a “doomsday” scenario, according to ESPN, with a similar clause allowing teams to cut players’ salaries by a percentage, should the suspended season continue to hit the game in the hip pocket.
    According to the report NBA teams can slash the $US110 million salary cap and suspend payments to players.
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    It was business as usual in Townsville on Friday night.Source:News Corp Australia
    Meanwhile, Canberra chief executive Don Furner fears for the financial future of NRL clubs, who will face a million dollar hit if the crowd shut-out due to the coronavirus crisis stretches beyond a few weeks.
    The Raiders drew more than 10,000 to their round one clash with Gold Coast, which is the last open to Canberra fans for the foreseeable future due to the global pandemic.
    But Furner said it had already affected their bottom line, with far worse to come.
    “That (round one match) would have hurt us financially because we were tracking for 15,000 with our pre-sales,” he said.
    “If we were having a home ground next week with zero crowd that’s a massive drop.
    “We’ve got the Dragons in two weeks and that’s a really big draw for us so it’s going to be financially troubling.” He said with no ticket sales, refunds to season ticket-holders and corporate hospitality, they will be in the red up to $400,000 a game.
    “If we have no crowds for one game, no crowds for another game — all of a sudden it’s up to a million bucks roughly,” Furner said.
    He said that club bosses had been in ongoing crisis talks with the NRL about assistance packages but couldn’t see how that could stretch to 16 clubs if the entire season was called off.
    “As far as I know insurance doesn’t cover it so three or four weeks maybe but can’t imagine they could cover a season,” Furner said.
    “They can’t save 16 clubs.
    “The costs aren’t there without crowds but neither is the revenue. “We still have to pay the players, still have to pay the staff — it’s hard to fathom.”
    The Raiders are due to play the New Zealand Warriors next Saturday in an historic double-header in Auckland, also featuring a Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and Blues.
    With only six diagnosed cases, the New Zealand government is yet to ban mass gatherings.
    Despite the Australia government advising against non-essential travel, the Raiders were at this stage planning to travel on Thursday.

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    Move every Soccer player and coaches to Darwin
    Every NRL player and staff to Townsville
    Every AFL player and staff to Cairns

    play every match as currently scheduled up there at the same times
    Bolster the local economy and it’s fair on everyone having to be away from the family etc

    Maybe every Super Rugby player and staff needs to go somewhere warm in South Africa and apply the same principles

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    Email from Titans.

    Dear Brad

    By now I am sure you have all heard the latest guidance from the NRL that the Telstra Premiership will continue until further notice, with our Round 2 game against the Eels to be played behind closed doors at Cbus Super Stadium on Sunday as the game deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.

    As we have seen over the past couple of days, this situation has the ability to change on an hourly basis. As soon as we have any more information, or changes to what we already know, we will communicate these with you.

    Following the guidelines set by the Australian Government, the Titans will be restructuring our operations to restrict personal contact in order to limit the opportunity for the COVID-19 virus to spread, and to ensure the safety of our players, staff and supporters.

    As such, our offices and training facilities will be closed to the general public until further notice, and where possible, all but a few essential staff will be asked to work from home.

    This will make it difficult to deal with individual emails or phone calls, so we ask you to rely on the Club email, the titans.com.au website and our social media channels for any updates that the Club is able to provide.

    We understand any frustration this may cause in the short term and ask for your understanding given the unprecedented circumstance we find ourselves in.

    Any information could be quickly made redundant as circumstances and direction from the NRL and Federal Government change.

    All we can do is ask for your patience.

    The Titans, and all NRL clubs, are under the whole-of-game direction and leadership of the NRL as we deal with this extraordinary, rapidly changing situation.

    In the meantime, I offer you my sincere and heartfelt thanks for your support of the Titans as we deal with these unchartered waters, and a situation beyond the control of the Club and the game as a whole.

    The response from the Titans family to date has been one of incredible understanding, patience and togetherness in support of the Club, and each other.

    These are extraordinarily difficult and challenging times. We are indeed truly grateful to have you with us.

    From everyone at the Club, stay safe, show compassion to those around you, and thanks again for showing what being a Titan is all about.

    With best regards,

    Steve Mitchell

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