the fine saints make a bit of money but the opportunity cost of that is that fewer people watch and the visibility, future viability, legitimacy and prestige of the comp is damaged.
We can't ask why the Aussies aren't bending over backwards for the comp, why sponsors and tv companies aren't falling over themselves to broadcast it and news and the papers and reporting on it. We know why.
the problem for the rfl and the clubs is the lack of notice will drive up prices to ensure the availability of premium grounds. Liverpool or Everton get more from finishing an extra position up the league than the was matches could conceivably make, never mind the benefits of champions league for Liverpool or staying up for Everton.
Do we really want our players to act like they've had additional testosterone pumped into their bloodstream to increase aggression to Ben Flower levels. The Wane brand is probably quite toxic after the Warriors uncut video emerged. Far rather have Brian MacDermott or pay big bucks to get madge
Stop this right now, I've been down this path countless times.
I know how this ends, we lose, again!
I dearly hope I'm made to look utterly stupid but I'm sick of approaching games that matter against Australia in a state of heightened expectation and seeing us under-perform/screwed by refs/generally battered by the bloody Roos
I watched the union results on the news last night, some cup competition. I was jealous to death.
I'm pigged off with being stuck in a corner. I've lived with it nearly all my rugby following life. What pigs me off even more is that people think we can't do anything about it, and what pigs me off even more is that people, think that we shouldn't.
Rugby League - beset by small time thinking since 1896. We had Welsh and London clubs involved way back when but we consciously made life difficult for them because it cost too much to go there and they brought too few fans. We had Yugoslavia and Italy and we didn't nurture them. We pander to the loudest naysayers and create a league structured to appease them rather than boldly seeking to spread the game. The rugby league family can be a unit that makes anyone outside the immediate circle feel quite unwelcome. We either decide to prioritise growth or manage the decline into a kind of clog-wearing shinty for pit villages.
The ban will be what ever the powers that be decide it will be and I don't think anyone will argue that its to harsh, no matter how long it is.
I do like the idea floated earlier though that as well as the ban there should be some sort of education programme to accompany the ban so in this case it would be head trauma related. Sorry, in the flurry of posts I can't remember who suggested it to give credit. But 100% agree its something that we should bring into the game.
Twas mine, just thought it was the only way of turning the PR disaster into a redemptive tale over time.