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The Big Gun

Member Since 31 Mar 2012
Offline Last Active Nov 22 2014 01:24 PM
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In Topic: 08/11/14 - New Zealand v England KO 7am GMT (Dunedin)

07 November 2014 - 02:03 PM

He's doing fine and the combination of 1, 6, 7, 9 (Clarke) and 13 is working very well. Sam's pretty much the least of our worries.

Yeah, I don't really get why this is being discussed, as Tomkins has been playing well at FB and our halves have also been playing well.


In Topic: BBC

07 November 2014 - 12:27 PM

I think it's pretty decent these days. You could say 'staid', as the discussions are less shouty and over-excited than anything involving Stevo and all the better for it in my opinion. A matter of individual taste, then.

Other than Stevo and Eddie, I actually like the Sky pundits - they're mostly engaging characters who can usually offer reasonable insight into the game. Compare that to what we've had on the Beeb the last couple of weeks: Hunter-Paul who can barely string a sentence together and seems to have only the slightest grasp on the game, Sinfield who's montone delivery makes him terribly unsuited to tv and Peacock who looks and sounds like he's taken one too many knocks to the head (which I guess, in fairness, he probably has).


In Topic: BBC

07 November 2014 - 12:14 PM

Agree the quality of the presentation on the BBC is good. But if terrestrial coverage stays on the BBC, then the sport won't ever benefit from greater exposure than we receive now. It will always stay way down the BBC's pecking order, regardless of any success the national team enjoys. Personally I would rather that RL was a bigger fish in a smaller pond on one of the other terrestrial channels - one that would give the game the effort and promotion it deserves.

Is the quality good? I find it rather staid to be honest, certainly when compared to the Sky coverage (which I know is maligned in some quarters). I think coverage of RL should focus on the excitement, the physicality and the often spectacular nature of the game, as coverage of the NFL tends to. The title credits used by the BBC are awful, and the pundits they get in the studio are terrible as well.


In Topic: BBC

07 November 2014 - 10:46 AM

IMO, rugby league on the BBC will always play second fiddle to RU. In fact, there are parallels with the way that Australia hypes State of Origin to the detriment of the international game - i.e. the narrative over there is that SoO is the pinnacle of the sport and anything else is a pale imitation.

 

In the BBC's case (and much of the mainstream media in the UK), RU is the pinnacle of 'rugby' over here, and anything else - i.e. RL - is a pale imitation. RL will never get the same coverage or even a decent share as long as BBC hold the terrestrial rights.

 

You only have to look at last year's World Cup - the BBC had right to show highlights of all games, but failed to show a daily extended highlights programme at a consistent and reasonable time. Compare this to other major (and not so major) sporting events that they broadcast, and they push the boat out with live coverage, daily highlights, and repeated highlights late at night. There was absolutely no reason whatsoever not to give RL the same level of treatment and coverage - the viewing figures are easily comparable if not better in some cases. Likewise the Super League Show - absolutely no reason whatsoever not to show that nationally at a consistent and reasonable time (i.e. not a Tuesday lunchtime...).

 

I'd love to see another channel do something with RL, in much the same way that C4 did with cricket back in the late 90s.  C4 completely reinvigorated the way cricket was presented on tv, in comparison to the stale presentation that the BBC had been churning out for years.

 

IMO it would take a channel that has no links with RU (e.g. C4 or C5), and therefore no 'pecking order' to maintain, in order for RL to take more of a priority and get a fair share of coverage. Whilst it is great that terrestrial RL is available to watch and the BBC do a good job with the presentation, they control the level of exposure it recieves and will never give it a decent share as long as they're broadcasting RU as well. Which will presumably never change.

Yep, if Sky don't want to show the internationals then we need to find another terrestrial tv partner (and not ITV because they're awful). I'd love Channel 4 to pick-up the coverage as I'm sure they'd present the game in a much more exciting fashion than the BBC (although I do like Chappers).


In Topic: Break out star of 2015

06 November 2014 - 02:37 PM

The lad who was playing for Saints in the back row during the GF (i'm too lazy to google him) looked a prospect. Better than Joel Tomkins certainly.