For the sceptics
As I think Wilde once said "There's only one thing worse than being talked about........."
And the truth is Our Sport as been left out of that arena, I know this will not convince some but if you look at league on the web, go to matches with family of friends, have Sky and or buy a publication dedicated to league it's all too easy to forget that the mainstream media has ignored us to a large extent for far too long.
The title of the thread says it all!
Couldn't agree more. In fact i would go as far as to say the media has been allowed to ignore us.
I would think that the vast majority of people who know about League," Outside of the heartlands and the odd enclave " will know about it from the TV.
I have watched for 60 years, and truth be told the impression that always came to me was of a sport that knew it's place. In the earlier days of TV, The CC, or whatever, it always looked like and was portrayed as a secondary sport, played on antiquated grounds. The BBC made Leagues best known person , into something of a joke figure who came to be known as Uncle Eddie .
I have even heard people boasting about it only being played in Yorks/ Lancs,/Cumb, Every body else being to soft to play League.
League has to distance itself as far from that past as it can, It is getting decent money from SKY now and there is more to be had. There are new Stadiums in use and more looking promising, This is the chance for league to strut it's stuff.
The world cup was great, (and so it should be ) Forget about basking in the glory of it, Capitalise on it, Get people in place who can shove league down everyones throat " just like Union does" and like Dr MK does,
If league doesn't forget the past, who has been great in the past , who could be great in the future ,If only this was done or that happened, concetrate on now , Who is good now, Make the game so good that TV companies will compete to get it.
Just my opinion , But in the next few years the fittest will survive and raise their game, below that will be the clubs who are destined to become the supply line of players. I make no predictions about who the elite clubs will be by the time the TV contract is renewed, but they are likely to be more or less perminent.
I just can't wait to watch Wolves and Saints tommorrow "from my armchair" Thousands and thousands just like me, If that doesn't show people where the future lies ,I dont know what will.