This could see more power for every kick
NEWS that the futures of both Bristol City and Bristol Rugby have been tied together under a new company, Bristol Sport Ltd (BSL), is likely to be seen as a "home win" for the city's sports fans.
It certainly seems to be a positive development for the two clubs, as long as it doesn't limit either club's ability to spend on wages and transfers and doesn't cloud any openness about the accounts of the individual teams.
It means, almost certainly, that Ashton Gate will host both professional football and rugby union from the start of next season.
Bristol Rugby are contracted to play Championship matches at the Memorial Stadium until the end of May. Thereafter, relocation south of the river appears inevitable.
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BSL has been formed to oversee the financial and business management of both clubs – formalising Steve Lansdown's joint ownership of the two clubs – as well as being the majority shareholder at City, he took ownership of Bristol Rugby in February 2012.
Both clubs need to strengthen their business base in order to guarantee future success on the pitch – what better way than by pooling their boardroom talents. This could be the catalyst needed to allow both teams to invest more heavily in players.
Together, these two Bristol institutions, Bristol City and Bristol Rugby Club, will hopefully have more power behind every kick.