There is no greater exponent to anyone wanting to see the game grow than me. I have seen plenty of false dawns before, plus no vision at all by the code to understand a new dawn rising for our code.
I will lay out some of the positive signs for you now.
This is unlike what we have seen in the past, and it all came down to freeing up the NRL from the restrictions that had been placed on the game here in Australia. Here are a few of the main points.
1/ The NRL first and last rights has now been lifted, so next TV deal will be fought hard by stations with vision and need.
To get a small understanding of how much this will help the game, well they bidded a extra 150% above the last deal which was 400 million over 5 years, now it is 1 billion over 5 years. So they now know the games worth.
2/ Cash was the only thing holding the game back. The NRL in their first year without this new boose of the Nines, made a 60 million profit. Yes i know they banked 50 million, but they lost 10 million the year before. So it is a 60 million turnaround for the NRL. That will grow as the game grows.
3/ The sudden explosion of the Nines onto the scene in Australia and NZ will help the World Cup come 2017.
People all of a sudden are opening their eyes to rugby league, they are not liking what they see, they are loving it.
4/ The Nines has proved one thing, this short game is exciting. Consider the game had most of its top stars sitting at home. Here is just a couple of Examples, Manly---- No Brett or Glen Stewarts, Watmough, Forun, Lyons, Matai or Ballin. Raiders---- no Edrick Lee, Campese, Milford or Papalli. The list goes on, imagine all these players next year in every team which all missed stars.
5/ Dave Smith and the NRL commission know exactly how to grow the game, and they have international growth at top of their lists.
6/ 2017 is going to be a watershed moment for rugby league, not only would the Nines become a huge juggernaught by then, but we will be into a world cup year and lets not forget, they would have also just announced the new TV deal as well as the new expansion teams hopefully.
7/ Their is unlimited growth for nines events, the world is your oyster for Nines, the Super League needs a nines event ASAP. They could have all the championship clubs involved and invite Irealnd Scotland and wales, along with the French clubs at super league and championship level.
It is up to superleague now to see the light.
Mate 2017 is going to be Rugby Leagues Golden Goose. I think with first and last rights gone, the NRL should go close to topping out 2 billion if they sell the game for what it will be worth.
Huge call, but i will stand by that amount.
The product we will have to sell is enormous.
NRL, Nines, Origin, WCC, All-Stars, Super Bowl, Indigenous knockout comps, NSW cup and QLD cups.
That is without the Internationals for the RFL.
Extra bonus for internationals for RFL should include Island Nations internationals, Anzac test, Four Nations, plus World Cup, not to mention their focus they should put on a nines international game and hopefully the growth of a commonwealth games nines foothold. . All should be packed out and make the RFL a lot of cash. This is the beginning.
The RFL off the back of that could sell the game at a premium with the groundwork the NRL will give them.
Anyhow, happy days.
Edited by oikee, 20 February 2014 - 12:56 AM.