probabaly more so meaning you would be waiting for these corp backers to realise that the super 14 taems and players are simply not worth that kind of backing, they dont get the crowds consistantly, they dont get Tv ratings and so on.
so why would you spend 30000o K propping up mark gazniers contract when for 300K you can become a major sponsor of a leading league team!
australian Rugby simply does not warrant an athlete to be on 1.5 million like Giteau, he is small fry in world athlete terms.
he now gets paid as much as shayne warne, and hes arguably the best know cricketer in the world and arguably the best ever,
Matt who ?????
The cumulative Super 12 crowds hit an all-time high last year, with more than 440,000 people attending matches in Australia.
ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â·With 10 extra Super 14 matches in Australia this year, the figure will exceed the 600,000 mark, and potentially push the 700,000 mark.
ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â·Last year, TV ratings for Super 12 Rugby increased by 25%.
ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â·The Super 12 Final between the Crusaders and the Waratahs averaged 288,000, a record for a Rugby match on subscription
ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â·Across the first three rounds this year, the Super 14 has reached 1.3 million viewers on Fox Sports.
ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â·Our cumulative Test crowds were the second highest on record last year - only the 2001 Lions season generated a bigger cumulative crowd.
ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â·We have the biggest Test season ever coming up this year - two Tests against England, one against Ireland, followed by the expanded Tri Nations.
ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â·The ARU's annual sponsorship income now exceeds $20 million.