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David Wild

Mail on Sunday RL Coverage

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RL has always been the poor relation when it comes to media coverage - for some reason RL seems to be the only sport to get criticised for selling its rights to Sky - and people use this as a reason why our coverage has dropped.

 

Not quite true. Cricket gets an almighty slagging for selling their rights to Sky. Doesn’t seem to have done them a lot of harm in terms of press coverage.

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Not quite true. Cricket gets an almighty slagging for selling their rights to Sky. Doesn’t seem to have done them a lot of harm in terms of press coverage.

Cricket provides regular international series which seem to capture the [national] public imagination, whilst on the other hand, RL.. errm, even in a world cup year, doesn't. Sadly, that probably gives us the reason.

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The hierarchy of headline-grabbing sports events now seems to be 

 

World Cup 

International series

European competition

National competition

 

are we half way there yet?

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The amound of people willing and available and qualified to write about the sport is not the problem - believe me! In fact the number of people qualified to write about any sport will never be a problem, it's the fact that journalism is on it's backside and nobody is willing to pay anyone, certainly not for RL coverage. The problem is at the top, not the bottom and I don't think that's going to be fixed ever if I'm honest.

If the game had more money then the RFL could fund a number of journalists at several key media outlets. Maybe this is what union does already???

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Cricket provides regular international series which seem to capture the [national] public imagination, whilst on the other hand, RL.. errm, even in a world cup year, doesn't. Sadly, that probably gives us the reason.

 

True, but even at county level though, the papers seem to give far more column inches to that game when at a guess more people watch RL both on TV and at grounds

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The hierarchy of headline-grabbing sports events now seems to be 

 

World Cup 

International series

European competition

National competition

 

are we half way there yet?

Well, let's see - it will be interesting to see how our World Cup is covered, although the signs are already that we can expect better coverage than our club comp.

I suppose the problem is that our club comp already starts from a low level. 

Will be interesting to see how our World Cup games compare to the Rugby Union Autumn Friendlies, I think this is a bit of a benchmark, especially on the weekends where we have games on the same date as England RU.

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DoSnt Sam tomkins have a sponsored nandos column in the mail .

Offiah has a weekly on in London evening standard

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True, but even at county level though, the papers seem to give far more column inches to that game when at a guess more people watch RL both on TV and at grounds

County cricket has never really drawn massive crowds, though the Saturday of a roses match at Park Avenue in Bradford used to be packed on a nice day. The other days were a non-event though, but playing when most of the population is either at work or school I guess that was to be expected. Truth is, the county game rides on the back of test cricket, and even the one day 'knock-about' cricket draws big crowds at international level which adds ot the papers' interest. If only RL were the same?

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Ok email sent to the mail on sunday. Easy, done. One email sent. Anyone else fancy a go at standing up for their sport ?

My current wife likes the Mail - I detest it.

I lost my rag 2 years ago and wrote to the editor at the Mail asking why there was never any match reports of Friday night games in Saturday's editions.

Fair play to him, he replied staring it was due to meeting print deadlines and the games finished too late.

I replied, stating that other papers managed it and, maybe, that he didn't really have the heart for the job....

It's a pile of manure. The Mail is just full of opinion & not fact - bit like my current wife actually...

It's a bit like when I emailed the Head of Sport at the BBC and pointed out that when I watch Match of the Day it would help a bit if the time was displayed next to score on the screen so I knew what bit of the freakin game I was watching...!!

The clown wrote back stating I was the first person to ever raise this as an issue but that it could not be done "for technical reasons" - what a load of crepe.

I've taken the credit for the fact that they do now flash a time up but I can't watch the programme anymore as,it too, is full of opinion. As I said to the fella in my closing e-mail, "just show me the game fella, with a little clock on show and I will make my own opinions...."

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On many occasions, the Daily Mail don't publish the Friday night rugby league results in its Saturday edition!

They didn't yesterday.

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Fair play to him, he replied staring it was due to meeting print deadlines and the games finished too late.

I replied, stating that other papers managed it and, maybe, that he didn't really have the heart for the job....

 

 You should have asked how did they manage a full football match report on a Tuesday morning then.

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You should have asked how did they manage a full football match report on a Tuesday morning then.

Trust me, I covered that and every other angle in my rant. I think I put something in there about if the Boat Race finished at 2am it would still get detailed analysis (especially if the cox was a burkha wearing illegal immigrant who was sleeping with a magistrate who had illegally chopped down their neighbours overgrown conifers....). it was lost on him

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You should have asked how did they manage a full football match report on a Tuesday morning then.

Trust me, I covered that and every other angle in my rant. I think I put something in there about if the Boat Race finished at 2am it would still get detailed analysis (especially if the cox was a burkha wearing illegal immigrant who was sleeping with a magistrate who had illegally chopped down their neighbours overgrown conifers....). it was lost on him

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You should have asked how did they manage a full football match report on a Tuesday morning then.

Without checking it out, did the Mail have a report on the Chelsea v Man U Champions league final which went to penalties?

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