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John Rhino

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meanwhile, on another forum, as 80,000 pay up to £90 each to watch NFL at Wembley, we are discussing if pro-rugby has a future in Oldham. :blink:

There is of course no guarantee that even with that attendance at those prices that the NFL made money.

We need someone to come along with a FACT or two to help us out.

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I had followed American Football since it was first shown on C4, although the highlights of Superbowls were shown a week late on BBC Grandstand, and when the first regular season NFL match was announced for Wembley, I jumped at the chance to get a ticket.

I have never been so bored in my life. It is definately a game made for TV. I have never tried to get a ticket again.

The only excitement for my long-suffering GF was a streaker just after half time.

Baseball on the other hand is so boring it looks dull even on TV, that is a game made for the Stattos of us

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There is of course no guarantee that even with that attendance at those prices that the NFL made money.

We need someone to come along with a FACT or two to help us out.

90,000 paying £90 for a one off match, we will see what happens next year when the NFL plan 2 games in 2013

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I too find American Football overblown and deadly dull. However, I presume a "safety" means touching the ball dead behind your own line, and it's one rule I'd import into RL - teams take an age for the line drop out - put a time limit on and if it's exceeded award two points to the attackers - defenders still have to drop out from their own line.

A safety is when you are tackled inside your own in-goal area. I think this is a "rouge" in really ancient rugby.

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A safety is when you are tackled inside your own in-goal area. I think this is a "rouge" in really ancient rugby.

A rouge - it survives in Canadian football - is more equivalent to a behind in aussie rules.

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I have never been so bored in my life. It is definately a game made for TV. I have never tried to get a ticket again.

Baseball on the other hand is so boring it looks dull even on TV, that is a game made for the Stattos of us

I was at Wembley last night and I agree, give me a Challenge Cup Final any time. American Football looks better on TV because they can cover up the tedious waits with replays of the more exciting plays and add some expert analysis. Last night there was no atmosphere to speak of, the only time there was any singing was during the National Anthems and the loudest cheer of the evening was reserved not for any of the (in)action but for Boris Johnson!

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I used to like American Football back in the 80s, but I now agree with the "It's boring" brigade. It is a triumph of hype over substance for sure.

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they only play 16 games per season?

But it's only a 4 month season; September to early January. Then, for the more successful teams, there's the play-offs.

The short season increases the intensity ... a four-game lean spell can effectively end your season in November.

Mind you, this end your season in November phenomenon is also a recurring deja vu reality for Bradford City. ;)B)

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they only play 16 games per season?

Yes.

Plus four pre season matches and up to 3 play offs.

For certain players there's a direct correlation between decreased life expectancy and the number of games played.

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For certain players there's a direct correlation between decreased life expectancy and the number of games played.

Are the NFL concerned by this? Seems that the use of helmets and pads and the short but high intensity plays means that the players are subjected to some incredible hits.

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Are the NFL concerned by this? Seems that the use of helmets and pads and the short but high intensity plays means that the players are subjected to some incredible hits.

There is a massive law suit pending around it. There have been some moves to address the concerns which basically relate to head to head hits & the disregarding of concussion.

This is an extreme article about the issues http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/37580666

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There is a massive law suit pending around it. There have been some moves to address the concerns which basically relate to head to head hits & the disregarding of concussion.

This is an extreme article about the issues http://www.sportsone...rticle/37580666

That is quite a disturbing article. I hope those running our game are aware of this issue and treat any attempt to make contact with a player's head appropriately. RL is a bit different in that we try to avoid contact with the head, whereas in the NFL players often seem to use their own head as a sort of battering ram, driving it into opponents' ribs and trying to dislodge the ball with it. (Or they did when I last watched much American football) We do need to ensure that head contact is kept out of RL as much as possible.

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