In RuggaMatrix Show number 173, Alex, Bruce, and Pat discuss what happened with PRO Rugby.
With Pat's article on Rugby Today outlining financial issues related to the league, the guys look at whether everyone should have seen the problems coming, and whether there's only one direction to point the finger.
Guess what, there's some disagreement.
The ongoing discussions between USA Rugby and PRO Rugby USA is about PRO wanting to extend the league's sanctioning agreement past the current three-year deal.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The newly-formed United States Rugby Players Associations (USRPA) has announced that it will extend membership to the PRO Rugby players, effective immediately.
In a December 22 announcement, the USRPA said it "pledges its support to help PRO Rugby players through this critical period."
PRO Rugby chief evecutive Doug Schoninger issued a statement to players today, Dec 20 that casts serious doubt on whether the one-season-old league can survive a second year.
The email said this:
PRO Rugby has terminated its San Francisco team.
This week Alex, Bruce, and Pat talk about PRO Rugby North America, and have a little peak under the hood to see whether the league has the potential to show some staying power.
There've been growing pains, for sure, and maybe there's a threat on the horizon from other pro competitions (Goff doesn't think so, but that's why they have the discussion).
Amateurism is under intense scrutiny this college rugby season for a number of reasons.
It RuggaMatrix America time again and in Show #165 Alex, Bruce, and Pat look at the major college playoffs - where the surprises were and what surprises might come.
The guys also check in on Pro Rugby, and maybe have to admit they were wrong ... for now.
There's also something involving Bruce's definition of Disco, which seems to encompass almost everything.
(Story by Brad Zigler) - Two Redwood Empire forwards, and products of the Elsie Allen Lobos youth program, are about to make history as members of the nation’s first professional rugby league.
Pro Rugby North America has released its schedule for its inaugural season.
Each team will play the other four teams twice, with four of the five teams playing each weekend. A fifth team will have a bye each week.
The five teams' venues are:
San Francisco - Boxer Stadium
San Diego - Torero Stadium
Sacramento - Bonney Field
PRO Rugby has confirmed that Denver and the City of Glendale will be the location of one of its teams for the inaugural season.
Already teams have been announced for San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Obletz, Ohio (just outside Columbus). This fifth and final city announcement confirms also that the team will play at Glendale's Infinity Park Stadium.