That's the truth of it and our top clubs, our true Super clubs like Leeds, Saints, Bradford, Wire and Wigan average gates of well over 13,000. Pre SL 1995 that figure was 9,000. In the fourties that figure could have been close to 20,000.
Professional RL has rescued the crowds.
And there are no more spectators watching RL in Leeds today than there were in the 60,s when there was no Sky money. The game is in much better shape than it was from the 70s to the 90s but that is due to the money. I am not denying that but the claims about trebling the number of spectators in Leeds viewing RL and the improvements in the amateur game there being solely attributed to Leeds Rhinos are preposterous.