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All 16 clubs seek voice on NRL scheduling for next season

Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Sep 6, 2014.

By Jethro on Sep 6, 2014 at 3:25 PM
  1. Jethro

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    NRL clubs will try to win key concessions from the game's telecasters in scheduling for next season, but largely accept that a fixed draw will be retained.

    Thursday and Monday night matches will remain, despite generally poor crowds held responsible for a 1.2 per cent decrease in attendances this season.

    But some clubs want a more even share of Monday home matches after Penrith were given four games in the difficult timeslot for attendances, compared with none for Brisbane and one for Sydney Roosters, Parramatta and Canterbury.

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Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Sep 6, 2014.

    1. Jethro

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      NRL clubs will try to win key concessions from the game's telecasters in scheduling for next season, but largely accept that a fixed draw will be retained.

      Thursday and Monday night matches will re[​IMG]main, despite generally poor crowds held responsible for a 1.2 per cent decrease in attendances this season.

      But some clubs want a more even share of Monday home matches after Penrith were given four games in the difficult timeslot for attendances, compared with none for Brisbane and one for Sydney Roosters, Parramatta and Canterbury.

      Five matches — four in the last four rounds of the season — were scheduled for Thursdays in 2014 to create an extra "event" for Channel 9, which would also hopefully drive spectator interest, but has found to work only as a television audience driver.

      Clubs expect to be told that the scheduling choices made this year are in line with the understanding of the negotiators on both the NRL and television representatives during the talks resulting in the $1.025 billion rights contracts.

      Club CEOs had a teleconference on Wednesday and will meet next month in a two-day meeting to discuss strategic issues in the game.

      "We need to be able to present our (business) drivers to the broadcasters. Hopefully we can come up with scheduling options before the scheduling is presented in 2015," an NRL chief executive told The Courier-Mail.

      "It's much easier to organise a business with a fixed schedule. It has some negatives, but it's only been two years with this concept in operation.

      "Thursday and Monday night had a dramatic negative impact on crowds but ratings are very good, we're told. (Nine) tell us they can get a premium advertising price for the Thursday night games."

      NRL head of football Todd Greenberg defended the competition's crowds last week, saying a balance was needed between "ratings and crowds right".

      "But ­people have to understand we have commercial contracts in place to broadcasters," he said.

      This season's draw featured fixed dates for the first 20 rounds and it's expected a similar number of rounds will come in long distance scheduling in 2015.

      Going into the last round, the crowd average of 15,748 was 1.2 per cent down compared to the 26-round regular season average last year. It's nine years since the NRL's record average of 16,468 was achieved.

      The NRL has turned attention to generating better finals crowds after last year's series average was 28,717, down a whopping 14.6 per cent on the 2012 finals series.

      Friday night telecast audiences in southweast Queensland have not exceeded 30 per cent of audience share for any game since Round 6, emphasising that the fans are keenest about televised NRL matches early in a season until the finals start.

      Representatives of all eight clubs will be presented in Sydney on Monday at a function as the League tries to capture public interest for the finals.
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      Paul Malone
      The Courier-Mail

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    2. HoldenV8

      HoldenV8 Well-Known Member

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      Nein do everything that suits their ratings. Thus IMO:

      * Donkeys Night Football will continue even though the club and their fans would prefer less of it.

      * Lower rating teams will continue to struggle for FTA game coverage and those teams are generally the ones shunted to Monday nights.

      * Calls for more Sunday afternoon football will be ignored despite evidence that says the players enjoy it more as do the fans.

      Like everyone, I'm waiting for the day when the self titled "Home of rugby league" no longer has the broadcast rights to the game in Australia.
       
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    3. Mark from Brisbane

      Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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      I can't but agree however as Chan 7 have the AFL, and Chan 10 are almost broke it just leaves Nein, so we are probably stuck with what we have.

      It absolutely sucks in Queensland BUT guess it sucks more in SA
       
    4. EagleFromMay1967

      EagleFromMay1967 In bed before the room got dark.

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      This business of not scheduling the WHOLE Comp, ie including rounds 21-26 until just prior, based on some TV producers opinion as to what will rate, is rubbish. Why cant they work that out at the beginning, like they do with the other rounds. The fortunes of the clubs are not gonna change THAT much.

      As soon NRL take back control from the TV , the game will start to look a whole lot better. Refeering, MRC, Sunday arvo footy, everything - will improve within the space of a few weeks.
       
    5. Brookie Brawler

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      The late scheduling allowed us to get a bunch of Titans games on FTA at the end of this season and last year we got Parra.

      If a team's performance had anything to do with the tv schedule this wouldn't happen.

      There is no point in holding these games back other than to give the (false) impression that performance in the first half of the season has something to do with the schedule for the last 6 rounds.
       
    6. HoldenV8

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      If you're a league fan in SA....more to the point Adelaide because the rest of the state actually gets the games on GEM when the rest of the country does.....you don't count :mad:

      Ten will have V8 Supercars from next year so if they ever do get the broadcast rights to the NRL they'll have to try and fit both.
       

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