The limitations noted above provide good reasons why I wouldn't pay to watch a cross code game. Maybe a cross code game could raise money for the participating games' authorities but a gimmick is a gimmick............
I have seen International Rules Gaelic Football vs Aussie Rules matches on TV and the games are fundamentally unsatisfactory and not great to watch, a bit like the Wigan vs Bath matches.
I disagree with some of what you said there, fundamentally I agree that the whole idea is a waste of time that will prove nothing however....
I was in Dublin a few years ago and caught the International Rules match between Australia and Ireland, as an outsider whose only experience of either Gaelic Football or Aussie rules was once going to see the Sydney Swans play when I was in Australia in 1983 I thought it was brilliant, a punch up started between the two teams as they walked out from the dressing rooms, they had "Siobhan, will you marry Declan" on the big TV screen before the game started and "Yes I will" at half time and best of all a Dog ran on the pitch and took half the players to catch it. And the Aussies lost. I had tried an awful lot of Guinness by the time the match finished mind you.
Wigan v Bath was different in as far as it was a symbolic moment and an eye opener to many RU fans like myself, I remember saying before the first (League) match that I thought Wigan were going to get a bit of shock and that I wouldn't be surprised if Bath ran them close. It showed the massive gap in fitness levels and conditioning between what was essentially full time professionals on the one side and semi-pro / committed amateurs on the other and it showed the massive difference in skills in open play and probably heavily contributed to the rush to sign Rugby League talent by RU clubs in the following few years.
That said I see no benefit at all in repeating the exercise.
Edited by Shadow, 09 May 2014 - 01:45 PM.