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

Today, 02:14 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

The problem whenever anyone quotes how many watched the games is it doesn't (and can't) take into account that the same people watch many of the same games. So if there was 39 games on and the same million people watched all the games, do we say there was 39 million watching or 1 million.


There's always a lot of dodgy figures thrown around with regards to viewing stats. For example, whenever the Classico is on in Spain you hear of viewing figures of around 1 billion but it's nowhere near that. That's more potential viewing figures than actual. You have to take it all with a pinch of salt.

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

Today, 02:05 PM

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.

That's where the 30% came from


2012-13 - 48,700

2013-14 - 63,400


Apologies if I was comparing apples to oranges

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

Today, 01:29 PM

Just had a look for April 2013 -2014 for 14+ - this is at 63,400...

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

In Topic: The all-new never-ending League Restructure debate thread

Today, 01:12 PM

As a fan of a Championship On.. Ahem, League One club I'm baffled by the decision to play 1st vs 2nd at the end of the year to decide automatic promotion with the loser dropping into the play offs with 3rd, 4tg and 5th.

What a pointless game, the league winner should go up automatically with 2-5 contesting for the second place via play offs.

Agree with this, I'd also have liked to see winner of Championship go up to the Super League the following year with the rest decided by the middle 8.


If the idea is to make every game count, league winners should count for something more as this is where most games are played.

In Topic: The all-new never-ending League Restructure debate thread

Today, 10:55 AM


No change to SL Salary Cap



Does this mean it's not even going up to reflect inflation and what not?