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Nearly 300k tickets sold this far out is brilliant news, if true. Wouldn't that make it the best attended World Cup in history even if no one buys another ticket between now and the end of November? Or have I misread it?

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Woh there, steady on!

We get a couple of articles about the World Cup in media that don't normally give an inch to rugby league. The article isn't 100% gushing about the game off the field and suddenly league fans are starting to doubt our own game and knock the promotion of the World Cup.

We're a sport with little national media coverage, we have no money, yet this will be the best World Cup ever. It's not been perfect, but our benchmark is the 2008 World Cup and the 2000 World Cup. Not the Olympics, the union World Cup, or soccer's World Cup.

Let's not fall into the usual trap of self doubt, just because someone outside our game sees things differntly to us.

We've got a great game. Let's enjoy it for what it is, and not knock it for what it isn't.

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Well no surprise there then, the Mail along with the Times is anti everthing to do with RL, you can bet if the tournament had been sold out now there would be no mention of it at all.  

It must have been an online blog Wiskar was referring to because while I was in the local Caffe Nero this morning I picked up the Mail (Nero have a copy of all the papers on hand for customers to read for free).  Nowhere in the sports section did it have anything at all about the world cup so far as I could see.  However, it did have an excellent review of the Grand Final - page and a half in total.

 

There was no copy of The Times as it hadn't arrived at the shop they buy their papers from so I couldn't see what if any coverage there was in there.  It's likely they will have had some review of the GF though.  They had a preview piece.

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Nearly 300k tickets sold this far out is brilliant news, if true. Wouldn't that make it the best attended World Cup in history even if no one buys another ticket between now and the end of November? Or have I misread it?

Looking at the 2008 RLWC they had over 300k (including Moari vs Indigenious), but there are more matches in this RLWC however it is decent to be at that stage. Im not sure about 2013 but the QLD government and some local governments forked out a bit of money for bidding against NSW

 

I think the 2017 RLWC being likely NZ/AUS will be exceptional in terms of profit particiularly if there is an independent rlwc full time group unlike last time

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Good post and good article, she tells it how it is, the promotion for this World Cup has been poor in many areas. As I've mentioned in a post, the BBC haven't started any TV promotion yet less than 3 weeks before it begins. 

There has been tv promotion by the BBC. Which areas have had poor promotion?

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There has been tv promotion by the BBC. Which areas have had poor promotion?

The BBC hasn't shown one ad promoting the upcoming world cup as yet

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The BBC hasn't shown one ad promoting the upcoming world cup as yet

Yes they have. Once again, which areas have had poor promotion?

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Decent piece with Wigan's England contingent in last week's 'Short List' pointing readers in the direction of the ticketing website.

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The World Cup preview mag was on sale in WH Smith in Cardiff, loud and proud, on the check-out counter being offered to people. Fantastic.

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Yes they have. Once again, which areas have had poor promotion?

Nationally. The BBC is fantastic at promoting upcoming sporting events through adverts, they start months before some events like Wimbledon. Considering it's a World Cup coming up wouldn't you have expected to see any promo yet considering that they are covering it?  Just want to see it being treated like the major sporting event it is.

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Telegraph article starts off with negatives from previous World Cup in UK but then gets better.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyleague/10357936/England-coach-Steve-McNamara-excited-for-biggest-ever-rugby-league-World-Cup.html

Good piece in a paper that again doesn't usually run feature pieces on rugby league. RLWC2013 reaches the parts, other bits of rugby league doesn't (and there aren't many that it does)!

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Previous World Cup Crowds:

1992 - 300,059

2008 - 293,965

1995 - 265,609

2000 - 263,921

1968 - 220,683

1988 - 218,246

1957 - 214,918

1975 - 204,476

1954 - 138,329

1960 - 110,200

1977 - 109,688

1975 - 68,710

1972 - 62,456

 

So if it is true we are at 280,000, then this is already the third most attended World Cup ever! I see only positives in that... it indicates to me we are on track for 300,000+

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Previous World Cup Crowds:

1992 - 300,059

2008 - 293,965

1995 - 265,609

2000 - 263,921

1968 - 220,683

1988 - 218,246

1957 - 214,918

1975 - 204,476

1954 - 138,329

1960 - 110,200

1977 - 109,688

1975 - 68,710

1972 - 62,456

 

So if it is true we are at 280,000, then this is already the third most attended World Cup ever! I see only positives in that... it indicates to me we are on track for 300,000+

Really interesting those stats. Shows how much of it is down to presentation. The worst World Cup in 2000 was only 2k less that the best World Cup in 1995. The last World Cup, regarded as a massive improvement on 2000 was only 30k more than 2000!

There can be no argument that this World Cup has been the best organised and planned of any of the world cups. There is a real sense of occasion about this World Cup, so not only should the crowd record be broken, but the whole event should feel so much more special.

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So if it is true we are at 280,000, then this is already the third most attended World Cup ever! I see only positives in that... it indicates to me we are on track for 300,000+

The RWLC's goal, though, was to sell 500,000.  If the 280,000 is accurate - and we don't actually know that, it's just a figure quoted in the press - then we are a long way from the tournament's target figure. 

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The RWLC's goal, though, was to sell 500,000.  If the 280,000 is accurate - and we don't actually know that, it's just a figure quoted in the press - then we are a long way from the tournament's target figure. 

 

Yes.

 

It's vital we bring the focus back to the negatives.

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Yes.

 

It's vital we bring the focus back to the negatives.

Actually, why is it a negative not to reach 500,000?  And why has everyone accepted the Daily Mail's figure of 280,000 as if it's gospel?  Wouldn't you say that was a negative?  For all we know we could be on 450,000 tickets sold.

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Actually, why is it a negative not to reach 500,000?  

 

The negative is the flurry of posts, comments, opinions we'll get from people if we don't get to 500,000 - calling it a failure for not being a complete sell out when we are already talking about something close to the most popular international rugby league tournament ever held.

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I like the comment on there too!

Thank you, as Tesco reminds us every little helps. I think it is important that whenever we see something in print relating directly or indirectly to the World Cup that we all give the competition a little plug in the comments sections. The best a comment posted in this forum might do is persuade an existing fan to put aside their club tribalism to experience the international game. Comments in national and local media and other online discussion forums have the capacity to attract completely new fans unfamiliar with the sport to attend the event.

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Got my RWC preview mag on Friday (WHSmith in Brent Cross shopping centre) and liked what I saw as I flicked through. Looking forward to a more comprehensive read when I have time.

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Got my RWC preview mag on Friday (WHSmith in Brent Cross shopping centre) and liked what I saw as I flicked through. Looking forward to a more comprehensive read when I have time.

Now available on line as an App.

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According to journalist Nigel Wiskar, the Mail on Sunday is claiming that the world cup will be a 'damp squib' and that there have been 'little more than a third of seats sold and just 280,000 tickets shifted'.

The world cup crew need to counter some of these articles IMO.

good stuff from the Mail. Im pretty sure that 280k tickets sold is more than a third of seats so something doesnt add up!

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good stuff from the Mail. Im pretty sure that 280k tickets sold is more than a third of seats so something doesnt add up!

About half I think. Didn't they state 575,000 as the overall available?

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