My point is that there should be more diversity in the
game. I watched a few NRL games past few days granted the weather wasn't great but I'd be hard pressed to get anyone not already in the game to be interested in it.
Well there was a conscious decision by the authorities during the 1990s to make the sport much more physically demanding with the 10 metre rule. All the subsequent rule changes have been in favour of speeding the game up and encouraging fast paced action. That has certainly made it harder for inferior teams to cause an upset. Also there is a debate to be had over whether speeding the game up has meant that pace and power have come to predominate over sutblety and skill.
I one thing I am pretty certain of is that some people in rugby league are complacent to the point of arrogance about the quality of the "product" on the pitch. The game might be fasted paced and lots of tries might be being scored but is that what the general sporting public wants? I mean basketball is fast paced and there is lots of scoring but I find it one dimensional and dull.
The credibility of the competition is key too. You need evenly matched teams where the result is in doubt and the results of the matches really need to matter. Unfortunately under the current Super League structure none of that is really true until the later stage of the playoffs. Having an 8 team playoff system and only 5 or 6 competitive teams is a real killer. No matter the laws if the structure of the competition devalues the 27 regular leagues games you are on to a loser.