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22 minutes ago, The Future is League said:

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I couldn't see a British PM doing this a day after winning a General election

It's also not the most popular sport in Britain.


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33 minutes ago, The Future is League said:

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I couldn't see a British PM doing this a day after winning a General election

Is the British PM likely to be a Cronulla fan?

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2 hours ago, Pulga said:

It's also not the most popular sport in Britain.

 


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5 hours ago, Pulga said:

It's also not the most popular sport in Britain.

In fairness, neither is Rugby League in Oz. Aussie Rules has significantly bigger attendances and a bigger television contract to boot. 

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1 hour ago, Mr Wind Up said:

In fairness, neither is Rugby League in Oz. Aussie Rules has significantly bigger attendances and a bigger television contract to boot. 

RL is the most popular sport in NSW and Queensland though, and those are two of the three biggest "states" and have two of the three biggest media markets.

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The NRL is the most watched sport on TV and 4 of the 5 most viewed shows (all shows, not just sport) in Australia are rugby league.

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I think we need to be thankful that despite his waving an object, he still has his top on.

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When you really get down to it's basically impossible to determine which is the more popular sport, and it's always been that way.

A lot of people will say that the AFL is bigger because they get bigger attendances, but even when considering their higher average attendances if you add up all the yearly viewers of each sport you get to the point where it's basically splitting hairs between the two.

A lot of people will also say that the AFL is bigger because the AFL has a larger cultural influence (particularly in the media), but that isn't surprising either considering that most of the major media outlets are either based in or have their studios based in Melbourne. That is also a stupid argument on face value because if you were to allow yourself to be totally influenced by the media in this country then, at the moment at least, you'd almost certainly come to the conclusion that women's sport is significantly more popular than men's, and that neither the AFL or NRL are particularly big sports when compared to the AFLW, WBBL, and W-league, which is obviously categorically false...

8 hours ago, Mr Wind Up said:

In fairness, neither is Rugby League in Oz. Aussie Rules has significantly bigger attendances and a bigger television contract to boot. 

Even this is a dumb argument because the AFL only got a TV deal that is significantly bigger than the NRL's as a bonus of a spat between the NRL and Rupert Murdoch, where Uncle Rupert was punishing the NRL for selling parts of the rights to Nine (and starting negotiations with other broadcasters) without consulting Fox first.

The point I'm trying to get across is that trying to determine which of the two is more popular is not only borderline impossible because of how close it is, but that it is also a pointless dick measuring exercise, and as such is a massive waste of time.  

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Scott Morrison (ScoMo) is a lifetime Cronulla Sharks fan.

Regardless of the sport and the country, it is most unlikely that any Prime Minister in any country would attend a local club game the day after he/she had won an election. This action by ScoMo is part of the popular image of the man which enabled him to confound the experts and the  polls, and win an election which the pundits almost universally predicted he would lose.

Fortunately for the fate of rugby league in the southern hemisphere, ScoMo's offer to help fund development of rugby league in Fiji will now go ahead.

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7 hours ago, Big Picture said:

RL is the most popular sport in NSW and Queensland though, and those are two of the three biggest "states" and have two of the three biggest media markets.

Never said it wasnt. 

But people in the UK seem to think the NRL is the PL of Australia. It isn’t. They don’t really have one. But there is a league that is bigger by two important metrics, attendance and television contract. 

How do we measure the PL’s popularity? It has the best attendances in the country, and it’s television contract is the largest. 

Strange why people would dismiss Aussie Rules using those same metrics.

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4 minutes ago, Mr Wind Up said:

Never said it wasnt. 

But people in the UK seem to think the NRL is the PL of Australia. It isn’t. They don’t really have one. But there is a league that is bigger by two important metrics, attendance and television contract. 

How do we measure the PL’s popularity? It has the best attendances in the country, and it’s television contract is the largest. 

Strange why people would dismiss Aussie Rules using those same metrics.

Aussie Rules had the advantage of practically ruling the winter sports scene in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania too.  The closest thing to a competitor was the VFA way back, but the VFL established its primacy in Victoria early on after breaking away and the VFA eventually became its subsidiary.  The VFL then went on to usurp the role of national governing body and since becoming the AFL it's never shied away from doing whatever was thought necessary to boost its standing nationally.

RL could learn a lot from that.

 

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1 hour ago, Manfred Mann said:

Scott Morrison (ScoMo) is a lifetime Cronulla Sharks fan.

Regardless of the sport and the country, it is most unlikely that any Prime Minister in any country would attend a local club game the day after he/she had won an election. This action by ScoMo is part of the popular image of the man which enabled him to confound the experts and the  polls, and win an election which the pundits almost universally predicted he would lose.

Fortunately for the fate of rugby league in the southern hemisphere, ScoMo's offer to help fund development of rugby league in Fiji will now go ahead.

No he's not.... he's a union fan that only started following Cronulla after he started as the local federal member. 

Plus he's renowned for only one thing... Engadine Maccas!  

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1 hour ago, Manfred Mann said:

Scott Morrison (ScoMo) is a lifetime Cronulla Sharks fan.

Regardless of the sport and the country, it is most unlikely that any Prime Minister in any country would attend a local club game the day after he/she had won an election. This action by ScoMo is part of the popular image of the man which enabled him to confound the experts and the  polls, and win an election which the pundits almost universally predicted he would lose.

Fortunately for the fate of rugby league in the southern hemisphere, ScoMo's offer to help fund development of rugby league in Fiji will now go ahead.

Although John Major famously made a beeline for The Oval the day after losing one.

Seem to remember Corbyn copped flak from the Press for being at the FA Cup Final during the last election campaign. (As an Arsenal season ticket holder, where was he expected to be?). Played into man of the people too, I reckon.

Journalists don't seem to get politicians who are genuinely sports fans at all.

Interestingly, the election itself was an RL AFL split. RL States swung to the government. AFL States (apart from Tasmania) to Labor.

Not sure if that proves owt.

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1 hour ago, dixiedean said:

Although John Major famously made a beeline for The Oval the day after losing one.

Seem to remember Corbyn copped flak from the Press for being at the FA Cup Final during the last election campaign. (As an Arsenal season ticket holder, where was he expected to be?). Played into man of the people too, I reckon.

Journalists don't seem to get politicians who are genuinely sports fans at all.

Interestingly, the election itself was an RL AFL split. RL States swung to the government. AFL States (apart from Tasmania) to Labor.

Not sure if that proves owt.

Labor is seen in many people eyes as giving more tax breaks to the AFL than it does the NRL and non sports fans think that Labor gives more money to the southern states than is does NSW and QLD.

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On 19/05/2019 at 19:12, Sydney Hornets said:

No he's not.... he's a union fan that only started following Cronulla after he started as the local federal member. 

Plus he's renowned for only one thing... Engadine Maccas!  

You mean he likes to eat at McDonalds artery clogger store at Engadine?

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