Franchise Notes: ManU Forced To Rethink Europa League Ticket Prices
ManU is "considering bowing to fan pressure" after nearly three-quarters of those surveyed by the club’s Supporters Trust "declared they would consider not renewing their season tickets if they are charged Champions League prices for Europa League seats next season." A further 17.2% said that "it may affect their decision." Only 9.3% "maintained that it would not" (London INDEPENDENT, 3/4). ... Super Rugby side ACT Brumbies "believe a new drone can be their secret weapon as they chase the Super Rugby title this season." The Brumbies sent up a hexacopter -- an unmanned remote control aircraft -- at training this week, "instantly beaming video to coaches to allow them to analyse on-field formations and structure." It is "believed to be the first time any Australian team from any sporting code has used the aerial technology as part of a training strategy" (CANBERRA TIMES, 3/6). ... Players at the lower end of Australian Football League side Sydney’s player payments structure "will still be eligible for a cost-of-living allowance, which will be paid directly by the AFL." Swans CEO Andrew Ireland said that his club "was in the dark as to how many players and how much money was involved in the new deal" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 3/6).