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Give me a break - Bronco's 'Broadcasters need to consult NRL clubs'

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by missing_something, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. missing_something

    missing_something Active Member

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    From SMH


    Brisbane boss Bruno Cullen wants rugby league broadcasters to consult clubs about game scheduling, with thousands of fans denied the chance to farewell coach Wayne Bennett on Friday night.

    Brisbane's clash with Newcastle at Suncorp Stadium will be Bennett's last home game, unless the club secures an NRL home final.

    Brisbane asked NRL officials for a Sunday afternoon game, so as many fans as possible could give Bennett a fitting farewell after 21 years at the helm.

    But for the 14th time this season, the Nine Network has slotted the TV ratings champions into its Friday night line-up.

    The fact the game will be beamed live throughout Queensland doesn't help.

    Cullen believes Brisbane's eighth Friday night booking at Suncorp Stadium will stop thousands of fans attending Bennett's goodbye game.

    Helping league great Wally Lewis unveil one of 180 ARL Centenary plaques at Suncorp Stadium, Cullen said the game would have got the 50,000-strong crowd it deserved, if it were played on Sunday.

    "Sunday is Father's Day, Wayne's send-off, Tunza's (Tonie Carroll) send-off and K's (Karmichael Hunt) 100th game," he said.

    "We had the Newcastle Old Boys travelling up in a heap of buses to say goodbye to Danny Buderus before he was injured and they were still going to do that and our Old Boys were coming with their wives.

    "It was ... going to be a really big day.

    "It's very disappointing."

    Channel Nine and Fox select the matches they televise over the weekend, with Nine choosing the best two games for its Friday night double header.

    Cullen said the commercial realities of both the broadcasters and the clubs should be respected.

    "It would be good if we could all sit down and explain to each other what these decisions mean to the clubs and to their business," he said.

    Fans are invited to stay back after Friday night's game to pay tribute to Bennett.

    Ticket sales have been strong, with a crowd of 30,000 to 35,000 expected.

    They've had the best draw round SOO for years, not to many monday games either.

    and besides their other Melbourne based club needs the advanage of a sunday game so they know how many points they need to score to finish first.
  2. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    Boo farkin hoo............toughen up. When was the last time Wayne Bennett went out of his way to help promote the league through Channel 9 or any media for that matter.
  3. Duff

    Duff Well-Known Member

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    It's a pity there's no Monday game this week. That's where this game belongs.
  4. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    Sounds like a very similar whinge we just had about getting a crap Monday night to farewell Beaver. But because it is Brisbane - Cullen can stick it where the sun don't shine. C&C is spot on about Bennett promoting games.
  5. Guest

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    Can anyone explain why Melbourne have a 7.00 pm game this Sunday night?

    They must be getting used to the night time game for when they play the 7th team the following saturday night. 
  6. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

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    Tookey that is a joke. The whole article is a joke after what the pathetic NRL did to Manly with the Beaver send off. There would have been at least 20 k there if it had have been a Sunday.

    As for Bennett, C&C is spot on.

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