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In Topic: Rugby League's popularity riding high (Merged threads)

24 July 2014 - 02:34 PM

I have just read a quote from Nigel Wood where he states "The game is at an all time high with almost 39 million watching the game live-either at the ground or on television"


Which leads me to ponder how big the population of Yorkshire and Lancashire really is?


Seriously though to make a broad staement like this, one would presume there are facts to back it up, as of yet though no actual facts seem avaliable.


The plot thickens to quote anotherwell know  fictional character


Aren't something like 50% of viewers from the southern regions of England?


Anyway, If there are 75 games broadcast on Sky at 200,000 per game then thats 15m.  Add in a few million for the CC fixtures, a significant amount for WC games and live attendances up to 3m, it's quite easy to see where the 39m comes from.

In Topic: Rugby League's popularity riding high (Merged threads)

24 July 2014 - 01:57 PM

Just trying to reconcile your 30% comment. I'm looking at the spreadsheet that shows 14+ as distinct from the other that has the 16+ and info on more survey years.


Anyway the end column is from April to April (hence combines two survey years that are normally Oct to Oct)... that shows 63,400


The survey before which is the normal Oct to Oct shows 67,300.


Thus I'm trying to understand your comment, purely as I'm wondering if I misunderstand the info.


Not disputing the actual numbers but one has to also be cautious as the columns cover different periods which could affect the outcomes comparison until we get the full Oct to Oct to compare.

I think he is basing it on the 48,700 quoted for April 2012-2013 by LordCharles


Any comparison has to be based on the latest figures, and by using the April to April not only are these the latest figures, but these will show any effect the WC will have had.

In Topic: Rugby League's popularity riding high (Merged threads)

24 July 2014 - 01:41 PM

What is impressive is a £7m increase in turnover - about 25%.


The RFL needs to continue this upward trend though and not sit on their Laurels.


We are massively behind RU (turnover £150m), but without our own stadium and the international scene that RU benefits from, that is still an impressive figure.

In Topic: Rugby League's popularity riding high (Merged threads)

24 July 2014 - 01:33 PM

If correct, that's pretty impressive. Around 30% up on 2012-13.

 All info here




Don't know why the previous poster used out of date figures to validate the criticism of the RFL's press release, when it would have been just as easy to get accurate figures...

In Topic: Rugby League's popularity riding high (Merged threads)

24 July 2014 - 01:28 PM

Totally agree with Lord Charles the RFL is all about spin from the senior figures in the game. The truth never gets in the way of self preservation when Nigel Wood speaks.

The game is a business that is being run by people who are out of their depth. Our competitors Rugby Union and the NRL have made massive strides in the last ten to fifteen years. Why? very simple ....... professional leadership.

We are going nowhere with Barwick, Wood and Rimmer. By the way what exactly does Brian Barwick doing on a daily basis?


RU release a statement not long back saying they had a 40% increase of television viewers since moving to BT.  They didn't mention they they actually televising nearly double the amount of games to get this 40% increase.


Guess how many threads from "fans" on popular RU forums, or articles from RU journalists deriding this as spin and calling for peoples heads there were....


Then have a rethink as to why RL is being held back...