When will the bears realise no other team wants to be associated with them. They have tried to leech on to a number of teams to no avail. Can’t they just get the message and fade off into obscurity PLEASE
Concern over the quality of the playing pool? Yes
Do I care? Maybe not. Enjoying watching the NSW State Cup and juniors more each season. Go to 20 teams, everyone plays each other once. Have 2 teams on a bye each week if need be to stretch the season out and bring back Monday night footy, although not a fan of it but it gives footy the spotlight 5 days a week.
Imagine having 2 games on at the same time, brings back memories being at a game and the scoreboard updates the other ground results.
The possibilites are endless. Oh, can we forget about the Bears? What do they bring to the table? Promised money? History which you can't relate to? Gone since 2000, not even a team of this century!
This is just blind revenue raising without thinking about the grass root fundamentals of attracting kids to the game. More teams more money from broadcasters wow business genius.
The AFL have used a much better roots development systems across the country than the league for decades now. Even as a kid growing up in Sydney in the 80’s there were local kids AFL competitions. I doubt even today that the league has local junior competitions across all states. From what I understand we are miles behind in this department.It’s all about money!
AFL is played widely in each state throughout Australia, maybe not so much in NSW and QLD.
The AFL has:
Two teams in WA
Two teams in SA
Two teams in QLD
Two teams in NSW
A bucketload in Victoria
A new team in Tasmania
They will have one in NT, in the not so distant future and, ACT may also be an option for them.
NRL has NSW, VIC, QLD and one in NZ.
This is ‘pipe dream’ stuff, as we do not have the junior pathways in place! Mum’s do not want their kids playing against Pacifica kids, who are so much bigger.
The main thing the NRL needs to do is rigidly institute a weight for age programme for the juniors. Maybe they have, however, I am unaware of it.