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McKee calls for better share of revenue

 

By Nick Purewal

Fiji boss John McKee has challenged global administrators to force through a gate-sharing revenue model to help tier two nations thrive in Test rugby.

New Zealander McKee believes host unions should pay touring Test sides an appearance fee to ensure wider benefits from the hefty sell-out crowds like Ireland’s 51,000 Aviva Stadium attendance for Saturday’s Fiji clash.

“When you look at the regulations of the game, it’s almost as though they were formulated back in the amateurism days and I don’t think they’ve really moved on into the professional era for the tier two nations,” said McKee.

“The big countries, there’s a lot of reciprocal rights, and a lot of money is generated through broadcasting rights, while we don’t have any broadcasting rights.

“If any of the tier one nations tour down south, they can get good gates, and it doesn’t happen for us.

“I understand the unions up here have costs as well, and they get a lot of their income out of these gates. But I think there needs to be some move where the host pays the visiting team some sort of an appearance fee.

“The stadium’s sold out here tomorrow, the Pacific teams are always a big draw card and the northern unions like playing them because the Pacific Islands teams are so entertaining.

“People will always come and watch Fiji because they know they will see exciting rugby.”

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