63 minutes | Jan 27, 2021

Roddy McDougall: Is there life left in British speedway?

The two golden eras of British speedway - immediately post-war and 60/70sHow Wembley drew more than 1m speedway spectators in 1956The downward spiral since the 1980s - from over 90,000 watching Bruce Penhall at Wembley in 1982 to just over 1,000 at top-flight meetsThe origin story of speedway. High Beech in 1928The World of Sport days and the significance of its loss. Being late to "live sports"The comparison to snooker and darts in the UKThe importance of an entrepreneurial influence The dislocation of speedway teams because promoters do not own their tracks The working-class nature of speedway. The crossover with greyhound racing"It's a £10 sport" and does that work anymore? Is it possible to monetise it in the way of modern sports businessThe new speedway venue in ManchesterWhy successful speedway teams like Workington went under as well as less successful clubsAttracting sponsors, especially when you are outside big citiesThe ageing demographics of modern speedwayThe movement of club and riders 'doubling up' affecting the identity in the fanbase The famous stat that speedway was the second most popular spectator sport in the UKThe demise in the number of teamsThe TV deals in the UK - Sky, BT, Eurosport Newspaper coverage. Only the Daily Star is still flying the flagThe European Grand Prix How the Cardiff event manages to cut-through with an attendance of 40,000The growth of the sport in Europe, especially Poland Should UK speedway become a polish feeder league?What would Roddy do to carve a future for UK speedway?
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