Devils await outcome of Sky Sports' investment plans for Elite League
Plymouth Devils chiefs are expected to be told today of any radical changes in the league structure which could change their whole future.
Speedway in the UK is waiting on the decision of Sky Sports over whether they will pump money into the sport through televising meetings.
While that situation will only directly affect the Elite League – UK speedway's top flight – it could have massive consequences for clubs like the Devils in the Premier League.
Officials from the Devon club are attending a pre-annual meeting in Rugby today to discuss how the lack of cash could affect their league.
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Speedway's full annual meeting is to be held next month.
While it was not been confirmed one way or the other how much television money the sport will receive next season, even a reduction of support could spell the end for Elite League clubs, who could then be forced downwards into the Premier League, which has lower costs.
An alternative scenario could be a glut of Elite riders selling their services to the highest bidder, with some clubs priced out of the market.
That would potentially create a league of two halves – the top clubs who can afford the 'better' riders and the ones permanently stuck in the table's bottom rungs.
The Devils joint-promoter, Ashley Taylor, has already insisted that Plymouth are happy with the Premier League as it is.
Team manager Lee Trigger said the uncertainty caused by the television money situation has made it difficult to plan for next year. He said yesterday: "The meeting tomorrow in Rugby will hopefully give us some idea over where we're going next year.
"What it means, of course, is that we might get more meetings next year, which would be welcome.
"But it's one of those where we will have to wait and see what happens."
Trigger has committed himself to the team next year – if he is wanted for a second season in charge.
He said: "There's no doubt that our next target is to give the Plymouth fans a winning team." The Devils finished third-bottom this season.
Somerset Rebels' team manager Garry May remains confident that his side can claim a place in the Premier League play-off final after missing out on victory at Newcastle on Sunday.
The Rebels went down to a 50-43 defeat to the Diamonds, but they have one last chance to book their place in the final – if they pick up any points from their last semi-final group fixture at Redcar Bears on Thursday.
"We would have loved to have wrapped things up here at Newcastle," May said.
"Although we came agonisingly close to doing so, it just wasn't to be.
"Once again Doyley [Jason Doyle] was just superb and played a true captain's role, but it does now mean that, so long as we avoid a heavy defeat at to Redcar on Thursday, we should still qualify for the Grand Final."
So long as Somerset do not lose at Redcar by more than 19 points on Thursday, they will still progress to the final by virtue of holding a better points difference than Newcastle or Redcar. Edinburgh Monarchs await the 'winners' in the final.