Rugby League

RFL receives four bids for Bulls

The Rugby Football League has confirmed it has received four unconditional bids for Super League side Bradford Bulls, with a deadline of 21st August now set for the bidders to present a business plan for the administration-hit club.

The Bulls have been in administration since 26th June.

In a statement, the RFL revealed that one of the bids under consideration came from Super League (Europe) Ltd, but the other three have not be named.

Super League offers to buy Bulls

Super League's parent company has made an offer to purchase Bradford Bulls on behalf of the competition's 13 other clubs, after the Rugby Football League rejected two conditional bids for the club from the ABC consortium.

The Bulls have been in administration since 26th June, but Super League (Europe) Ltd have now made an offer to try to save them.

Administrator Brendan Guilfoyle had previously warned that if a buyer could not be found the club faced "extinction".

RFL rejects revised Bulls offer

The Rugby Football League has rejected the second bid submitted by the ABC consortium for Bradford Bulls, after an original conditional bid was rejected last Thursday before the second bid was submitted the following day.

According to media reports, it is believed the consortium want assurances over the club's Super League future as well as being allowed to buy back the club's Odsal ground.

Meanwhile, the RFL is continuing to talk to the club's administrators about funding the players' wages for August.

Super League ends cash-free sponsorship

Rugby league’s Super League has announced it has reached a mutual agreement to end its title cash-free sponsorship deal with the Stobart Group at the end of this season, in a bid to sell the rights for the 2013 campaign.

The logistics company agreed the deal in January to promote the league via its network of haulage trucks across the country.

Since entering into the partnership for the 2012 season, the Super League reported that it has increased its television audience by 45% and experienced record game attendances. 

RFL reveals record turnover for 2011

The Rugby Football League has reported a record turnover of over £27 million for 2011, figures that allowed the governing body to post a pre-tax profit for the 10th consecutive year.

The RFL’s annual meeting detailed that the turnover of £27.04 million increased by 18.5% over 2010’s figures. 

The profit has enabled the organisation to increase hand-outs to clubs and other member organisations to a record £9.18 million.

Bradford Bulls lose coaching staff in cuts

Bradford Bulls have made their entire coaching staff, including coach Mick Potter, redundant as the club tries to find a way out of administration.

Along with the coaching staff, chief executive Ryan Duckett and football manager Stuart Duffy have also lost their jobs – totaling 16 redundancies in all – according to joint-administrator Brendan Guilfoyle.

Guilfoyle is now looking for someone who would be willing to take on the job of coaching the Super League side on an unpaid basis.

Bradford Bulls enter administration

Rugby league club Bradford Bulls have entered administration and, if a buyer is not found within ten days, face the possibility of extinction altogether - according to media reports.

The Bulls revealed in March that the side would need to raise £1m in order to stay afloat.

Joint-administrator Brendan Guilfoyle told BBC Sport: ‘We have just 10 working days to save the club from liquidation because there are no funds to carry on longer.’

Bradford Bulls close to administration

Bradford Bulls could be forced to go into administration within a fortnight after being hit by a winding-up order over unpaid tax, according to media reports.

The Bulls need more than £1m to survive to the end of the season, despite recently raising £500,000 through fan pledges, gate receipts and an auction.

The club owes Revenue & Customs (HMRC) £90,000 in payroll tax, plus £250,000 in VAT from the sale of the stadium, and now has two weeks to raise funds or find new investment – or face administration. 

Wales Rugby League appoints new chair

Former rugby league player Brian Juliff has been named as the new chairman of Wales Rugby League – having reportedly been made aware of the job opportunity through Twitter.

60-year-old won eight caps for the Welsh national rugby league team and played for Wakefield Trinity, Wigan, Halifax and Castleford.

Juliff said: ‘I've always shown a big interest in the development of rugby league in Wales, but I now have the time to help make a difference and there's nothing I'd like better to be involved in than Wales Rugby League.’ 

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