I've read today that apparently Sky are now looking to expand their coverage of RU's second tier to fill out their schedule, due to the intro of BT?
This is on top of Sky buying the rights to the RU celtic comp and means there will be a ridiculous amount of Union on TV next season.
Is there really that much TV value for RU in this country?
Interesting to note though is that the RU clubs are getting vocal because Sky don't want to pay more for the extra content.
So it must be more about filling gaps in the schedule at short notice, as opposed to actually attracting viewers.
It's an interesting one that's for sure, I can't help thinking that Sky will be kicking themselves for not buying in the NRL and the championship RL matches now, I can't see them getting more than the proverbial two men and a dog for the second tier of RU.
On the Trinity forum on RFLANS I read this comment:
Joined: Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:02 pm
Just watched Newcastle Falcons v Leeds Carnegie.
Not one try scored and commentators enthusing throughout about it .
Not one negative comment.
Unlike Eddie, Stevo etc who seem to nowadays delight in being negative.
Comparing that dreary offering to yesterday's superb spectacle or even more pertinently to an average RL game one has to ask why as a sport do we criticise ourselves so much?
It's clear to me that we have an image problem, we don't sell our game well enough AND/OR advertisers don't think we're worth trying to sell to. That's a pretty big issue as far as the future of our game is concerned.