NRL Penrith Negotiating With Tasmanian State Government To Play In Hobart
National Rugby League club Penrith is "looking to make a second home in Tasmania," according to Brett Stubbs of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. The Panthers "are in negotiations with Tasmania's State Government about playing games for premiership points in Hobart, most likely Blundstone Arena or North Hobart Oval." The deal "would be similar" to Australian Football League side Hawthorn's for four home games in Launceston, but "without the sponsorship component, and would include growing the sport of rugby league in Tasmania." Tourism Minister Scott Bacon "confirmed a meeting with the Panthers last Thursday, where the Penrith representatives presented a proposal that would see the club play one fixture game in Tasmania in 2014 through to 2017" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 12/16).