Because if an unconfirmed rumour? Hmmm...
Funny how we've managed so well all these years? It's in our best interests to find free weekends to build up these events rather than try and compete against them and give the public an excuse not to come.
You're comparing a run of the mill league game to one of the RFL's flagship events. Not really the same thing.
I've never seen anything which states that this game hasn't been moved being solely down to the RFL. Nor have I heard any comment from the clubs either way on this. I'm also not sure that a respected journalist would suggest this unless there is some element of truth in it. Both are 'unconfirmed rumours' yet one has received a significantly larger backlash than the other.
We haven't avoided major events before. Last years Magic Weekend clashed with the Champions League Final. Our major finals are played on Saturday's, clashing with Premier League football, where standard league fixtures obliterate the coverage of our finals. The Challenge Cup Final last year clashed with an Ashes test. All of England's World Cup matches were played on Saturdays, again clashing with Premier League football and the Union autumn internationals. The start of Super League has clashed with the opening of the Six Nations. As an example, England's WC semi final clashed with Everton vs Liverpool, England vs Australia and Froch v Groves. Lets look at this year, we can't play any earlier due to the Etihad being unavailable (as it also is next week). Next week it's the Heineken Cup Final, Champions League Final, England cricket international, Football League play offs and an F1 race I think?
Hull FC at Wembley at a cup final against a 'run of the mill home game' for Hull City
Hull City at Wembley against a 'run of the mill league game' for both Hull clubs. It seems almost identical to me? Although I do appreciate that Hull City's chance to win the FA Cup for the first time is enormous for the club and it may put off some fans attending.
It's unfortunate that these matches clash, but moving our events once they are set in stone to accommodate other sports just isn't practical, and would make the sport look very small time. The record crowd for a Magic Weekend, probably pushing 40,000 surely justifies the RFL's decision.
- brooza likes this