You could be right but I think that is too simplistic or at least is partially true given the relative low pricing against other entertainments and what you may pay down the local for a round or a meal, let alone the more expensive entertainments like the cinema or nights out the younger generation may spend on. Its just not attractive enough for people to swap the spend. Of course for some they won't have any pennies at all and hence you are right but I don't think that really impacts the really low attendances.
Maybe the hassle, all be it very limited hassle, of getting the extra tickets impacts but if they saw it as attractive enough those whom could afford would make more effort or maybe they plan other things on those nights and because its not a regular planned game they would rather continue doing what they would normally do....
Anyway no doubt many reasons and the demographics of rugby league fans will be a factor but then the pricing and attractiveness needs changing.
The season ticket culture is the biggest contributing factor to low playoff and CC attendances in comparison to SL games.
Put it this way the crowd at the Wigan-Leeds semi-final decider last year was lower than for a routine home game against London. It is impossible to imagine that there was more interest in the town of Wigan for the London game than the Leeds game.
The problem is that you have approximately 10,000 or so people that automatically have a ticket for every home game because they paid out in full. So for the London game you only have approximately 3,000 people paying for that game whereas for the Leeds game you are selling 12,000 tickets. For whatever reason there is clearly a significant portion of that 10,000 that are not willing to pay for any extra matches. I think only a small part is laziness and is probably more to do with the habit of paying for games especially when you can watch on TV or in the pub.
If you pay out in a big chunk, paying for RL games stops being a part of your regular outgoings. So when a game comes up that you weren't necessarily expecting you are having to find the £22 odd quid out of your regular outgoings to pay for the game. If you bring a family you are multiplying that. A season ticket takes out the will I/ wont I decision because you've already paid and with SKY it's all to easy to save a bit of money and watch in on tele.
The answer is a hard one and probably not answerable. As for the playoffs, a return to a decent and valuable playoff system would at least help matters.
Edited by Maximus Decimus, 09 August 2013 - 11:50 AM.