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Gallop causing demise of NRL teams

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Rex, May 7, 2009.

  1. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

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    With the Sharks now being forced to seek to take half their matches to Central Coast, and Manly struggling to break even 10k in crowd numbers for the grand final rematch at night, this article gives a perspective on Gallop's direct culpability, and the natural consequences for the game of being figuratively and literally owned by the media:

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    NRL bringing Sharks down

    By Josh Massoud | May 05, 2009 12:00am

    AS THE days grow shorter, time is running out for David Gallop to see the light.

    With winter just around the corner, it's fading mighty fast - and nowhere more so than in Cronulla.

    The Sharks are like an autumn leaf, decaying from inside out.

    This week's annual report is expected to reveal its grip on the branch is more tenuous than ever.

    And every time the NRL updates its draw, the Sharks tremble more wildly in the chill gust that blasts through Toyota Stadium.

    Like the autumn foliage, daylight is now crucial to Cronulla's survival.

    The Sharks pioneered Saturday night football in the 1990s, but officials now get more woozy than the tweenies who once drank themselves to oblivion on the Northern hill every time they are handed that slot.

    Toyota Park has hosted four games this year - all at night. Two have been in the graveyard zone of 5.30pm on Saturday, another on Monday night.

    None has drawn more than 10,000 people and there's no evidence to suggest upcoming fixtures will. The team is running dead last, and has just been kicked in the guts by two more night matches at home between now and round 18 including the prized local derby against St George Illawarra at 5:30pm Saturday.

    The impending 10 weeks are rugby league's version of the perfect storm, a dreaded run in which clubs must somehow promote games against State of Origin and frigid temperatures at night.

    Hopelessly down on their budgeted average of 13,000 a game, Cronulla faces a more rapid demise than even the most grim-faced auditor could predict because they simply cannot hope to turn things around any time after sundown.

    When it comes to attracting Sydney fans, night football stinks. Especially so when the temperature plummets. Keep an eye on crowds over the next two months - they will drop faster than the mercury.

    This annual decline has nothing to do with the standard of football and everything to do with plasma TVs.

    What recession-hit parent is going to fork out big bucks to haul their snotty-nosed kids out into the freezing cold, when every second of the action can be viewed on a 106cm high definition screen from the warmth of home at no cost whatsoever?

    Afternoons, however, are a much different story. Watching footy in the winter sun is a day out in itself. As such, the cost and effort is justified for a working family.

    And guess who lives in the Sutherland Shire? You got it - working families. The Saturday night set who spent more time looking into the bottom of a Bacardi Breezer bottle than the game are no longer Cronulla's target market.

    Gate receipts are now Cronulla's lifeblood and if the NRL wants the club to survive, it must make exceptions. The Sharks simply don't have any alternative revenue streams. They don't have a fairy godfather. They've had to move games interstate. The Leagues Club is standing on so much debt, it may as well be built on the sinking surrounds of Towra Point swamp.

    With a brand that doesn't extend beyond Tom Ugly's Bridge, Cronulla's future is solely in the hands of the locals. If they desert the team, then the team will die. Nowhere else in the NRL is the equation so simple.

    After losing seven straight games, the team can't expect every fan to stay loyal. But it should be able to rely on a bit more support from Gallop, who last year claimed the NRL would not let any of nine Sydney clubs die.

    Allowing broadcasters to constantly schedule Cronulla at night is akin to refusing to administer a cure to a life-threatened patient. The TV stations might pay the bills, but the clubs should always come first.

    Every Sydney club is struggling for cash. Every Sydney club is struggling for fans. Every Sydney club and all their fans are crying out for more daytime football.

    The answer is obvious - even with so few games being played in the cold light of day.

    http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/sport/nrl/story/0,27074,25428786-5016527,00.html
     
  2. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    Show me where Gallop has any say in what Channel 9 and Fox select for their games.
     
  3. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    wait till DSM5 gets a look at this thread :)
     
  4. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Thanks for that into Fro.  And mate, I just read in 'The Glebe', the inner west rag, that the Tigers Leagues Club is staggering under a 23 million dollar bank debt.  Time for the NRL to get real about club finances.  Parra, Tigers, Cronulla, Newcastle are all in a parlous financial situation.  Obviously part of the problem is about dwindling crowd numbers.  Wet, cold and old suburban grounds are just not attractive at night, except for the die hard fans.  Their numbers aren't enough to give the clubs the financial security to play on.  Directors must be ****ting themselves at the legal implications of trading on, while their clubs are on the brink of insolvency.  Gallop must get together with his TV mates and discuss solutions.  Relocations and game times must be part of these discussions or he wont have a full comp to sell.        
     
  5. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    Good post DSM5. Wasn't it Sticky that said that fans should be grateful for getting games and they owed the team to show up? Stupid sentiments. Every business is scraping for dollars and they need to incentivate crowds and your suggestions are good ones.
     
  6. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    What don't supporters just stop being softcocks and harden up. Not going to a game because it is cold is as soft as it comes
     
  7. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    The 5,000 diehards will show up for most clubs. It is the other 10,000 that decide on the day that need convincing. $25 entry, $10 on food, $15 on 3 beers for a single, double that for a family; or stay at home and watch it live in a warm loungeroom. They need to make the experience stand out and listen to their customers like any business.
     
  8. Utility Player

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    Perhaps more double headers would work at the SFS with the 2 home teams splitting the gate & Fox giving the money that they would have spent setting up at the individual ground to the team that moves its home game.
     
  9. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    All the more reason that our team needs to make hay while the sun shines. We have a good roster and are defending premiers, but dishing up the mediocre rubbish that we've put on for the first 8 rounds is inexcusable. No wonder the 50/50 fans aren't turning up. As I've said elsewhere, we are letting a golden opportunity to really build for the future slip through our hands with our pathetic performances this year. And I don't just mean the team, everyone from the two petulant owners, the board and the coaching staff need a good kick up their collectives for the way they have let this season derail.
     
  10. missing_something

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    Clearly your not a parent with kids under 5 or you'd know the reason
     
  11. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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  12. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    it is certainly time to look into at least 1 more sunday arvo game, id kill the second friday night game which still leaves fox with the same number of live games per week
     
  13. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Sunday arvo = 15000.  Friday night 8000.  Do the maths.  Kiwi, you're an egg.  The hard core fans are tough, and will sit through rain, poor food, dirty toilets, aggro security staff, no parking and fork out 25 bucks for the privilege.  It's the others soft fans who won't (mostly families), and it's those we need to entice to attend and give us their money.  A reality check on the knobs who run the NRL is what's needed.  They won't have a comp to negotiate in 2012 if this continues.  Gallop is certainly causing the demise of our game.         
     
  14. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Clearly your not a parent with kids under 5 or you'd know the reason
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    They sell warm clothes for the under 5s don't they ? Maybe a bit too hardcore for some, but not all that don;t turn up because it is under 10 degrees have that excuse either

    DSM, if they are not going to go to the match because the weather isn't flash and they can watch it on TV, then I can't see how it matters what you try to entice them, they simply won't come

    The wet night for Beaver's 300th was a perfect example. There would have been 70,000 there at the GF last year cheering him on as a Manly hero, yet some drops of water were enough to keep them away from honouring him on that night, was about 8,000 from memory with tickets a fraction of the price
     
  15. missing_something

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    Clearly your not a parent with kids under 5 or you'd know the reason
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    They sell warm clothes for the under 5s don't they ? Maybe a bit too hardcore for some, but not all that don;t turn up because it is under 10 degrees have that excuse either

    DSM, if they are not going to go to the match because the weather isn't flash and they can watch it on TV, then I can't see how it matters what you try to entice them, they simply won't come

    The wet night for Beaver's 300th was a perfect example. There would have been 70,000 there at the GF last year cheering him on as a Manly hero, yet some drops of water were enough to keep them away from honouring him on that night, was about 8,000 from memory with tickets a fraction of the price
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    The cold is one aspect - but a game that starts @ 7.30 is not small child friendly - when alot go to bed around that time.
     
  16. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

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    Yes MB.  Gallop has absolutely no say on the timing and selection of matches with the media contracts he agreed to sign.  And who negotiated those contracts? Who is accountable? 

    And who is Gallop accountable to?
    (0 points to anyone who answers the football fans, players or clubs.)
     
  17. hoax1210au

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    The future IRL teams

    North Sydney
    South Sydney
    West Sydney
    East Sydney
    North QLD
    Gold Coast
    Brisbane
    South QLD
    Melbourne
    South Melbourne
    Adelaide
    West Aust
    New Zealand
    New Zealand Maori
    Fiji
    Tonga
    Samoa
    P.N.G
    Indigenous Dreamtime Team
     
  18. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    Hasn't it been good having a 3-m game the last two Saturdays?  You'd think the penny would drop, but it won't.
     
  19. Si

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    Cold in Cronulla? Try coming and watching some of the evening games in Canberra.
     
  20. TokyoEagle

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    All clubs should be able to decide when and where they are going to play all of their home games, let the TV companies work around the game not the other way around.
    They should tell PayTV to get F'd, take the cash on offer from one of the free to air companies and then see how much PayTV is offering and how willing they are to compromise.
     

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