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TV Rights & Gallop

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by The Wheel, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    TV Rights & Gallop

    Well if our friend David Gallop cannot extract a significant increase in broadcast rights then he & News Ltd should be driven from our game forever.

    The NRL now outrates the AFL nationally surely that is a bargaining chip that can see the NRL at least match any AFL rights deal.  Additionally it should put to bed any suggestion that expansion is the only way to increase the codes value.



    Sydney tunes in and turns on to NRL as AFL drops out
    GLENN JACKSON AND ROY MASTERS
    December 22, 2009


    RUGBY LEAGUE has become the sporting equivalent of a train wreck; while it can be horrific off the field, on the field it has proved impossible for Sydney viewers to look away.

    Nearing the end of a year in which the code has tested the patience of punters and administrators with a litany of off-field misdemeanours, capped by the arrest on drugs charges of Newcastle prop Danny Wicks last week, comes potentially the greatest sign that the game is more popular than ever; for the first time ever, it has outrated AFL nationally.

    In 2009, rugby league claimed an aggregate television audience on free-to-air and pay-TV of 128.5 million compared to AFL's 124.3 million. The figures take into account all fixtures televised, including rugby league's State of Origin series as well as the AFL's pre-season NAB Cup.

    And much of the damage was done in Sydney. Despite an annus-horribilis off the field, league attracted a 12 per cent increase in viewers in Sydney, helped no doubt by the success of Parramatta last season. And alarmingly for the AFL, and its expansion franchise in the city's west, there was a 19.5 per cent ratings drop in Sydney over 2009, as the Swans struggled.

    The figures come on the back of another sorry saga for the NRL; the drug-supply allegations against one of its players, which will mean the code will finish the year as it started it, in controversy.

    The league players' union has weighed in, urging police to name names quickly after revelations that more Newcastle players could be charged. And senior Knights players say they have nothing to hide, declaring they want to be drug-tested at any place and any time to prove it.
     
  2. Guest

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    The bad player behaviour is obviously a ploy by Gallop to increase leagues TV ratings.  
     
  3. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    What is more astounding about those figures is that AFL has far more live free to air than the NRL.  The NRL has only one live free-to-air game a week which is beyond absurd in this day and age.
     
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    Drug tests won't prove your not a dealer boys!!
     
  5. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    Drug tests won't prove your not a dealer boys!!
    [/quote]  Dunno, if a tennis player can test positive to cocaine after kissing a punter I would imagine running an amphetamine lab would have to be a chance of getting picked up.
     
  6. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    There are drug tests and there are drug tests. One type aims to catch users and the other is simply so that one can say that a 'strict regimen of testing takes place in our club and we are all clean.' A bit like the club I played in many years ago where one of the players was a cop who told everyone where the breath testing would be taking place in the local area for the week!!!
     
  7. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

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    And unlike AFL's long-term generous TV treatment in Sydney, when was the last time a premiership Rugby League game was shown before midnight in Melbourne? Will Gallop ever act to fix this destruction of expansion into Australia's second biggest city?
     
  8. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    For the game to capitilise on these viewer figures it must cleanse itself of the self-serving CEO who is so far up the arse of pay and fta television he can't see the a gift when it laid out in front of him..The game must become independent of the TV vultures to screw them for every penny.  Is Gallop the man to do it.....Not in my opinion.   
     
  9. eagle-rock08

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    If the game is so unclean we must look at the leadership (or lack thereof) and ask ourselves, why is this happening in our sport and not in any others?

    Is it that the NRL is so news worthy that everything the players do is printable and the other codes are less news worthy that the things they do like burglary aren't even worth much of a mention?

    Or is it the self-destructo leadership of the NRL that continually feeds damaging stories to the media that harm our game?

    Or is it as others have speculated that these off-field incidents are a way to reduce the TV deal coming up in a couple of years?

    Either way Galloping David needs to get his own house in order first sack the dead wood and stop the leaks (unless they are coming from on high at news Ltd) and get this train wreck back on the track.

    I say Gallopping David, the ball is in your court now do something to earn your paycheck this week please.  I wonder if your hand shakes when you pick up your salary each week, fortnight or month? :-[
     
  10. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    The thing is this behaviour issues is not confined to the NRL, look at recent events in other codes;

    1/ Rugby - two players charged by police
    2/ AFL - Carlton players brawl with Casino staff & banned
    3/ A League - Crowd voilence at Syd - melbourne

    It just seems to get more of a run in the media than other codes, not sure why, maybe the other codes manage it better or more likely the NRL sells more papers so it gets the headlines.
     

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