Pro 14 chief claims American team to join competition soon

Martin Anayi has said it’s only a matter of time before  a US side joins.

The new Guinness Pro 14 has been received extremely well by both fans and teams alike with most saying its great for the competition to have new blood.

After comments recently made by the chief executive, it looks as if there will be a few more teams joining sooner rather than later. There is talks that another European side, German to be particular, will join the Pro 14 soon but it is the talk about a side across the Atlantic that is exciting most.

The thinking behind the move is similar to why they introduced the South African sides in that there is a possibility of more revenue for the league as well new and different styles of rugby.

The Aviva premiership in England have a broadcast deal with the large media outlet NBC in the states and this week Saracens will play Newcastle Falcons in Philadelphia to help promote the game over there.

The pro 14 hope to have something similar to their English counterparts but with an added dimension of actually including an east coast side in the competition, thought to be from Washington.

Chief executive of the league, Martin Anayi recently spoke with the Times about the new project and said

“We have had more than expressions of interest (in the USA), we have had real solid business cases that would make it work on the east coast, so it is a question of when, not if.

“We are thinking about what is next. The two teams in South Africa can change our game and change our tournament and if we get that right we shouldn’t stop there.

“We would be looking to expand again at some stage. We have got to do things differently. When it comes to taking game to America, we have to be innovative. The English have got a great thing going in Philadelphia and it will go really well.

“How do we play to our strengths as Celtic nations with huge diaspora, Italian and South Africa, around the world. What are the key markets to become global as a competition.”

Some interesting ideas fro the Chief Executive that would definitely attract more viewers and even players to the new tournament if they were to follow through with whats being said.

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