Broncos voted as most popular footy club The Brisbane Broncos have knocked off the Sydney Swans in an independent ratings survey to find Australia's most popular sporting team. It completes a double for the NRL's Broncos who also came out winners in TV viewer rankings compiled by brands researcher Repucom in a study of 2009 television audience numbers across the NRL, AFL, rugby's Super 14 and A-League. The Swans took the most supported tag from the Broncos in 2004 after their golden AFL premiership run. But September figures released this week by prominent pollsters Roy Morgan - who surveyed more than 20,000 people on topics ranging from peanut butter to football teams - put the Broncos' supporter base at 1,202,611, knocking off the Swans (1,163,872). The AFL's Brisbane Lions came in third on 879,597 in the poll which asked people which team they supported in each code." But consistent with their behaviour spanning decades, nothing tops a good Heee-Haaaw whinge: Brisbane Broncos in 'precarious financial position' October 31, 2009 .Brisbane Broncos club has revealed a "current precarious financial position" in its submission to a Federal Government discussion paper on the anti-siphoning scheme affecting TV broadcast rights. The GovernmentÂ published online the 322 submissions it had received. Signed by chief executive Bruno Cullen, the Broncos' submission said the club could not support changes to the scheme which had potential to reduce its income. "We believe the current precarious financial positions of not only our own club, but wider sporting organisations as a whole, are evidence that sport is already placed under considerable pressure," it said. The publicly listed club, which had a turnover of $25.6million in 2008, said it "would find it difficult to survive and would, at best, operate at a loss" without income received from the NRL grant "which comes predominantly from media rights". The club called for fewer events to be listed on the anti-siphoning list; the retention of multi-channelling restrictions; and the continued non-application of the scheme to new media platforms.