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Could Buzz's idea work?

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by eagles2win, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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    Two Conferences Sydney (call it the Fulton or whatev's) and the Rest (the Beetson) playing each team within it's conference twice and then the other teams once

    Sydney Conference
    Manly, Easts, Souths, Canterbury, Parramatta, Penrith, Wests, St George Ill, Cronulla

    Rest

    Broncos
    Brisbane 2 (Brothers, Bombers, or Jets -take your pick)
    Newcastle
    Canberra
    Melbourne
    Perth (Pirates or Reds)
    Titans
    Cowboys
    Warriors

    Maybe give the power for each conference to add teams into it's conference ie comp decides to grow - Sydney gets the Central Coast to bring teams to a nice even number.
    Rest - potentially options galore
     
  2. mickqld

    mickqld Sack Greenslime 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Have to compensate the 2nd conference for all the extra travel. Hardly fair really plus the Beetson conf rely heavily on playing traditional Sydney teams for larger crowds.
     
  3. EagleFromMay1967

    EagleFromMay1967 In bed before the room got dark.

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    It would be different, but would it be any better ?

    WHY DO THIS ? ?
     
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  4. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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    In some ways I agree mick, but the NRL needs to look at why bar a few exceptions (Manly vs Melbourne, Manly vs Newie, Warriors vs anyone that has a kiwi presence locally ) attract poor crowds.
    If you were given the choice of say going to a Manly vs Brisbane game at Brookie or Manly vs Canterbury - I'd say you'd go to the later.

    The other part is this expansion has to happen - I think Brisbane could easily support 3 teams + the Broncos
    WA has to happen - adds so much more $ for the next tv deal.
    Not to mention New Zealand to much talent and Sky would add more tv money.
    PNG at a guess 25 years away to even look at getting in the NRL but would be great to see in the nrl.
    Sadly can't see the Central Coast getting a NRL side in the near future.
     
  5. Moondog

    Moondog Grey-beard loon Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I'm just surprised he had an idea...
     
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  6. castle eagle

    castle eagle Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    maybe he overheard zorba talking to ritchie about it
     
  7. eagle66

    eagle66 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Please, not his idea. Conferences have been tossed around for years. It was brought up again after round 1 where so many games were in Sydney and overall, poor crowds were recorded. It was already considered to have all of the Sydney teams play each other twice, which is more in the way Channel 9 think of having Brisbane on Friday night TV.
    This is what will happen. We have all wanted the NRL to run as a business and this will be some "account executive" role to maximise interest for both TV and fans. Shame they haven't heard us say each team should play each other twice in a season or possibly scale it back, each team plays each other once. Level playing field? I am sure the NRL are saying, why bother.
     
  8. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Personally I think the standard of play his slipped too much in the last 5 years to consider adding more teams.

    Better idea would be to get rid of 2 or 4 teams. Gold Coast and Melbourne would be obvious picks.
     
  9. Hamster Huey

    Hamster Huey Space Invader Premium Member

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    I agree with Conferences but I don't agree with Sydney/non-Sydney split. Perhaps construct a divide before each season based on previous years table, but then you risk losing local derbies and grudge matches.

    Looking at the current teams, the best split to keep interest in the contests it produces that I could come up with is;

    Group 1 - North Qld, Brisbane, Gold Coast, St.G/Illa, Cronulla, Penrith, Canberra and Wests Tigers.

    Group 2 - Newcastle, New Zealand, Manly, Souths, Easts, Canterbury, Parramatta and Melbourne.

    Still some obvious gaps in head-to-heads and I could only imagine the outrage from Buzz if the Dragons didn't face Souths and the Dogs. But his idea alone sees Manly missing grudge matches against Newcastle and Melbourne, and the Dragons missing out on Broncos and Melbourne match-ups, all holding strong modern day interest.
     
  10. Lord Eagleton

    Lord Eagleton Well-Known Member

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    It would have pros and cons to it but I don't think it's necessary. If this conference thing is an answer to crowd numbers being down then it's the wrong answer.
     

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