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It's time for thursday night footy!

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by globaleagle, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. globaleagle

    globaleagle Je saisis mon chapeau. Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +13,332 /117
    So you better get your hubs sorted!


    THE 2013 NRL season will kick off with Thursday night games being played in the first four rounds of the competition.

    But 2013 will be the first season that four Thursday night games form part of the opening month of the competition. The decision means rugby league will be broadcast on television five days a week for the opening four rounds.

    The official NRL draw, including a schedule of days and times of each match for the first 20 rounds, will be finalised by mid-November.
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    • The Who

      The Who Well-Known Member Premium Member

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      It really is becoming a TV sport.
      How many fans will be motivated to attend on a Thursday night?
      Channel Nein better get creative with CGIs of virtual crowds and sound tracks of 'crowds' cheering.
    • castle eagle

      castle eagle Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +1,032 /9
      and work out a big compensation deal for teams forced to play thursday nights
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      • lsz

        lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

        +4,845 /102
        They have already....the new rights deal
      • eagleE

        eagleE Active Member

        +92 /0
        I prefer Thursday night rather than Monday night for football. At least for my it is not so crazy.
      • MWSE

        MWSE Well-Known Member

        +335 /2
        Wow. I wonder which idea the NRL will steal off the NFL next. Maybe we can start drafting players out of colleges in the US. Get some originality NRL!
      • silvertail

        silvertail Well-Known Member Premium Member

        +443 /9
        Stupid idea.

        Bet Brisbane won't get any Thursday night games.
      • Wolfpack

        Wolfpack Well-Known Member

        +310 /0
        Agree with this completely, there are some merits to having a game on thursday night, much prefer it to Monday.

        Seems silly to have the four TNF games in the first four weeks of the season though. Why not spread them out over the season?
      • simon64

        simon64 Well-Known Member Premium Member

        +2,547 /32
        Will these games be on Fox or 9 ?

        I suspect Fox.
      • Frogz

        Frogz Well-Known Member Premium Member

        +1,933 /43
        1 live on channel 9 for the week.....big deal the ARLC signed off on.......apparently
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        • Duff

          Duff Well-Known Member

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          I'd actually prefer Monday to Thursday from the perspective of someone who'd make all attempts to go to either.
          Monday is crap but you're unlikely to have anything else to do. Thursdays can get as socially booked as weekends at times. There's a bigger chance of something clashing that you can't get out of.
          As far as work goes, they're basically both the same.
        • Mals

          Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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          Doh glad it's only around for the 1st 4 weeks. Thursday nights are not good for me work wise. We do our prod releases on Thur nights... :( unless it's a big one & then it's Saturdays.

          No doubt Manly will get at least one Thur night game.
        • DSM5

          DSM5 Well-Known Member

          +516 /0
          Probably all of them, and at Brookvale before a crowd of 4.300.
        • Supernintendo Chalmers

          Supernintendo Chalmers Well-Known Member

          +843 /9
          as long as
          a) they don't carry on about how fans don't travel, and how low crowd numbers are etc..
          b) they work on a fair system so gap between games is fair for ALL teams.
          i couldn't really care less when the games are played anymore. Obviously I'd love nothing more than daytime weekend games all the time, but reality is while the NRL are bent over for Nine we have more chance of 9 building a studio set at Nine HQ for the teams to play on so it's cheaper for them to not take cameras / staff out on the road than that happening. If NRL wants bums on seats, then they are certainly going the wrong way about it with this approach. They obviously don't give two hoots as long as the money keeps landing in their account from Nine.
          You wouldn't buy full ticketed memberships these days, as chances are it'll be impossible to make all the games unless you have a lucky work / family schedule or live right near the ground. I'm done caring, every year they just get worse and worse. I'll be amazed if this fixed schedule is a fair and balanced one.
        • Brookie4eva

          Brookie4eva Well-Known Member

          +213 /2
          I remember Gyngell saying Ch 9 had just bought the game and would schedule as he pleased, so no amazement is likely to happen.
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          • Mals

            Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

            +1,651 /39
            Indeed the Broncos will still play nearly every home & away game on a Friday night.
          • Hamster Huey

            Hamster Huey Space Invader Premium Member

            +1,178 /9
            Much like the general ignorance by Nine towards Manly for all but the biggest blockbuster matches being on Friday to drive ratings, I can't see them scheduling a Sea Eagles match-up on the Thursday.
          • Shoe1

            Shoe1 Well-Known Member

            +7,204 /105
            Who will be the first team to get a Monday followed by a Thursday?
          • Stevo

            Stevo Well-Known Member

            +1,401 /56
            Won't happen
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            • MadMarcus

              MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2017 Tipping Competitor

              +8,378 /74
              In that case expect to see a new game 1 week, followed by 3 repeats in the following weeks, then another new game but at a different time, another time change leading into 5 repeats and 4 new games randomly interspersed, a 4 week hiatus, repeats of games at 7pm every night with additional ads with new games appearing from time to time on random days at random times until the season is over.

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