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More game stoppages considered to suit tv networks

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by ManlyBacker, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +972 /7
    The NRL is investigating the feasibility of introducing specialised stoppages in play as it looks to make the game more attractive to television and to keep pace with the AFL over broadcasting rights.

    It is understood the idea is being driven by consultancy firm LEK, which has been hired by the NRL to help maximise revenue from the next television deal.

    The breaks would be tailored around existing stoppages such as dropouts and conversions and would guarantee broadcasters the opportunity to sell advertising with a greater level of certainty.

    The issue for the NRL is making sure the game doesn't lose its level of attrition. It is a difficult balancing act given the need for the game to secure a windfall from its next television contract.

    "We are working with LEK and the club reps on our broadcasting committee to look at innovations that will be attractive to the networks and therefore help deliver the lucrative rights deal that we expect to get for the game," NRL chief executive David Gallop said.

  2. Cletus

    Cletus Active Member

    +11 /0
    I don't mind ads for goal kicks and dropouts because players will pretty much always take the maximum time anyway, but I wouldn't want artificial stoppages and the game turning into American Football.

    The other part of that story is weird, I hope the ARL didn't do some secret deal with the broadcasters.

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