But it wasn't attracting many neutrals, so you pay a fortune to hire a ground, half fill it (sometimes far less than half) and lose money. The problem isn't the RFL's, its the fans' problem, if they had turned out in numbers and filled the ground then you could have your day out in Blackpool (which is a $h!th0le), as it is the game was generally supported by the the finalists good time gals.
It may be a strange concept, but, and its a big but, the RFL has to make money, something it has been good at for quite a while. If putting on a final in Blackpool is a cash loser the games supporters would be the first to be up in arms and challenging the RFL for losing money*.
*I don't know if it loses money or not, but I'll take a wild guess that it has, however I could be wrong and there is a different reason for the change in venue.
blackpool isn't a cash loser padge.
After years of the nrc being regarded as a "nowt compt", merely padding to lengthen the season in the champs, its profile was given a lift by a final beiing held in blackpool. Most fans loved it and it gave the day a sense of occasion.
However, blackpool cost 50k to put the final on. Discussions on how to keep more money in the game and get bettrr value for money were held and voted upon.
The shay was announced yesterday. The lsv will get the gf.
Cost effeveness is right but taking that option you lose some of the profile, the sense of a jolly up on a weekend away (I hate b'pool, most don't), and it devalues the competition in my opinion.
I can see why these decisions weere made....but I don't think they all ultimately in the competitions best interests.
A game at the shay will be just another game and the nrc will return to be viewed with the same ambivalence it once was.