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#1 St Domingos

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:34 PM

Taken from the BBC sport Website who have compiled it for a football doc. they are to air.

 

Attendances at professional sports events in the UK totalled almost 64m in 2011.

 

Football contributed more than 41m of the figure.

 

The figures -

 

41.2m watched football,

7m - horse racing and equestrian,

4.3m - rugby union,

3m - greyhound racing,

2.3m - cricket,

2.2m - rugby league,

1m - motorsport,

0.9m - tennis,

0.7m - golf,

1.3m - other sports.

 

 

Sixth most watched sport in UK in that year, seems an OK  result to me.


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#2 Baaarrow

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:36 PM

Would be alot more if we brought back promotion & relegation, and the return of GB matches.


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#3 brooza

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:38 PM

That was quick...


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#4 41hound

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:40 PM

Wow - that is a surprise. Bearing in mind how much cricket gets played and the big crowds some RU matches draw - we aint doing as bad - although many clubs (mine being the worst offender) are down this year ...

#5 The Art of Hand and Foot

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:41 PM

All the rest added together are no where near football.

#6 brooza

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:41 PM

By "professional" sports events, would that include Championships or is that just Super League?

 

Similar question for cricket. And with cricket, how does that work with the 5 day matches? If someone buys tickets for 2 days, is that counted as 2 people?


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#7 Saintslass

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:41 PM

Interesting.  There have been figures to suggest that we have good TV viewing figures on a Friday nights on Sky but I have never seen attendance figures produced before.


Edited by Saintslass, 29 April 2013 - 03:44 PM.


#8 JohnM

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:42 PM

Would be alot more if we brought back promotion & relegation, and the return of GB matches.

..and unlimited tackles..and lace up balls with handles on.... :lol:



#9 brooza

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:45 PM

Also, is greyhound racing a professional sport? How much do the dogs get paid?


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#10 thehullram

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:45 PM

Be interesting to see figures for professional Club teams as oppossed to internationals. Can't believe the greyhound figures!!



#11 Saintslass

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:45 PM

Wow - that is a surprise. Bearing in mind how much cricket gets played and the big crowds some RU matches draw - we aint doing as bad - although many clubs (mine being the worst offender) are down this year ...

RU has been consistently better at staging and marketing 'events'.  We don't have enough events in our sport really whereas Union have yearly internationals as well as odd promotional games at Twickers.



#12 Saintslass

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:46 PM

Be interesting to see figures for professional Club teams as oppossed to internationals. Can't believe the greyhound figures!!

Gambling is the pull there, just like horse racing.  Take the gambling out of both and my guess would be that the figures for both would drop through the floor.



#13 thirteenthman

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:46 PM

Never realised greyhound racing was that popular. Whenever I've seen it on a TV it looks like there's only three men and a dog there. Or three men and six dogs, anyway.



#14 Exiled Wiganer

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:49 PM

Under no circumstances must the BBC or any newspaper editor see these "facts". It is the RFL's duty to keep them out of the public domain.

No wonder Bradford are putting the track back in.



#15 Dave T

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:58 PM

For greyhounds, it can easily build up.

 

1450 people 4 times per week at one track = 5800

5800 people 52 weeks of the year = 301,600

301,600 at 10 tracks = 3m



#16 nec

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 04:04 PM


Also, is greyhound racing a professional sport? How much do the dogs get paid?

As much as the horses, although less successful horses supplement the greyhounds income:)
Rugby League is a sport that desperately needs to expand its geographical supporter base and its player base. This imperative means that all other requirements are secondary until this is done.

All power in the game should be with governing bodies, especially international governing bodies.

Without these actions we will remain a minor sport internationally and nationally.

#17 keighley

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 07:44 PM

Also, is greyhound racing a professional sport? How much do the dogs get paid?

 

Iunderstand they have a ##### of a time getting their money.



#18 Padge

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:18 PM

Would be alot more if we brought back promotion & relegation, and the return of GB matches.

Why would it, crowds are higher now than when we had automatic P&R (Oh no, I've gone and done it)



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#19 Lobbygobbler

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:53 PM

Why would it, crowds are higher now than when we had automatic P&R (Oh no, I've gone and done it)


Crowds outside SL are not higher but they would be with automatic P&R especially if there were 2spots up for grabs to SL. I actually think SL crowds would go up too

#20 gingerjon

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 06:18 AM

Incidentally in the summary of the report (by Deloitte) they note that rugby league's "recorded increased total attendances in 2011/12, continuing the strong growth of recent years".
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