FoxSports’ Patrick Delany, ARLC’s John Grant, NRL’s Shane Mattiske and Channel Nine’s David Gyngell at the announcement of the new TV deal.So, the NRL has earned a similar figure from its TV rights – after all – as Australian Football.
But while league is financially matching its main rival, it remains to be seen whether the game can even approach the AFL denizens for scope and vision.
While everyone is fighting over their share of the case like Boxing Day Sales maniacs, it’s important not to forget what the AFL have spent their money on.
As broadcaster Clint Wheeldon pointed out on Twitter, the AFL used its television windfall to promote further national expansion while rugby league excapted having to expand nationally in order to get the money it was after.
That’s not a good sign in the battle of the codes.
You can dole out money to all the stakeholders you like but if the AFL keep putting up posts in western Sydney and more kids starting playing it, the emperor will find himself with no clothes a generation or two down the track.
Everyone in the game should agree to the need for a so-called “war chest” to fight back. And then we should get on with building one, with everyone tempering their own claims for the greater good.Soccer may get to see what the real Gallop can do
While soccer types debate the wisdom of having an “outsider” in David Gallop run their sport in Australia, we should debate the wisdom of letting him go to one of our competitors.
It was always said that Gallop’s worth as an administrator would be shown when he was free from the stifling confines of the ARL-News Limited partnership.
Well we never got the chance to see that but we’ll definitely get the opportunity when he takes on a sport that has too often resembled a basket case.
His efforts in standing up to Nathan Tinkler and addressing hooliganism while solving crippling debt at some clubs will give as a fascinating glimpse of what we’ve missed out on.London calling at the top of the dial; After all this, won’t you give me a smile?
This week’s column comes to you from London, where Warrington meet Leeds in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.
This is an occasion which can reignite the passion of even the most jaded league fan. It’s the game’s big day out in a city that pays it little attention for the rest of the year . The game in this country clamours to get celebrity endorsements from the likes of cyclist Bradley Wiggins and various Premier League players to give it relevance to the wider community – which these days cannot identify a single rugby league player unfortunately.
On Thursday, a rugby league statue will be unveiled at Wembley. The next day, there’s a great promotion called Friday Night Lights, which involves lower division London Skolars combining their game against Whitehaven at New River Stadium with a Real Ale Festival.
It’s a week every league fans should experience once.Let’s go to the comments
Comment time and whatwouldiknow suggests asking players who look to have scored whether they got the ball down, with ‘liars’ forfeiting their captain’s with to a challenge of that or other decisions. This is hopelessly old-school. Are we going to ask players if they tackled someone high, dropped the ball or threw a forward pass as well?
Diehard is right to say that the ARU would control selections for Australian Olympic Sevens team and for that reason there is no hope of rugby league players being considered.
Oethesaint, this column gets done when it gets done. Today I am in the UK so I am writing it on a lovely warm Wednesday night, when time allows. It was not my debut on NRL On Fox – I average one gig on there every three or four years.
Jarrodmac, yes I have a one-eyed league head. I have absolutely no interest in any other sport. As for how the game is going to fund things, I think that question was answered on Tuesday.
Franky said the current game is boring and wanted to go back to inside and outside centres. I don’t think there is any real groundswell towards “going back” to anything. I agree with Wallygee, who had his own long list of suggestion, that the skill level today is unbelievable and more than compensates of any other regressions.
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