I agree but it does make one ponder....
Not everyone in the Manchester/Salford area are football followers, probably the minority of the overall population. Especially as the likes of Utd attract fans from around the country on match days. Yep, football gets the huge media publicity and whilst lots more will take a interest in whats happening they, as in the majority, are still not attending football games.
Yet the general public certainly have an appetite for sport and attending major sporting events even if they have no previous interest. Yep, I know its the event rather than the actual sport being played that attracts them. It seems to me we don't have events that work on the public imagination.
I don't think playing a regular league game or similar will be such a event to attract "non RL followers. Certainly not in any significant numbers. I count magic in that too as certainly from my perspective I see it as just a regular round all-be-it I can watch other regular type games and hence it captures more those interested already in RL rather that a "non follower." Its good for us but it don't capture the general public
It seems to me that the event we should have for refreshing interest is internationals and/or tournament such as a rugby nines. If we look at the commonwealth games the RU sevens attracted huge crowds and I bet most normally have no interest in either code of Rugby. Yep I know it was the commonwealth games that captured the must attend imagination of the non follower. Yet it showed the appetite for attending sporting occasions/major events. I don't count Challenge Cup or Grand Final as they are normal cycle events and whilst some non followers it is mainly the RL community and fans that attend.
I see it as events that capture the media, even if only local media that builds up the profile of the game. So rather than taking regular games on the road I would look to nines/sevens type tournaments in which their is a knock out to a final over a day or weekend and of course internationals as the starting vehicles for raising profile.
I agree John. As the internationals seem to be the way forward as the World Cup showed with big interest with the crowds. My concern is where have these extra fans gone? Was it just the World Cup scene that brought the interest? Or were these fans actually excited about our sport? I think the first point is more plausible as like I say where have these extra fans gone? Which we attracted with the World Cup.
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