There are some things in rugby league that change (like NRL HQ now having 140 staff compared to the 60 under the former Gallop regime), but some things just remain the same.
And one of them is the way Channel Nine treats its loyal, and in some cases, long suffering viewing audience! The perception that viewers in Brisbane for example all want to see the Broncos week in week out is nonsense.
And it is especially nonsense when the Broncos are performing somewhere between disappointingly and appallingly!
Tonight the game of the round surely is the Sea Eagles v Rabbitohs match. By any measure, both are serious premiership contenders.
But, as usual, Nine in Queensland is showing the Broncos v Eels match live – a contest between a team with barely the roughest chance of even making eighth place and one well in contention for the wooden spoon.
And because of the extraordinary influence Nine seems to continue to hold, Queensland fans cannot even listen to the Sea Eagles-Eels match on radio!
What a load of codswallop that all is!
Last Sunday the Broncos played the Dragons at Lang Park. There was a good roll up of fans…….but close to half were Dragons fans!!
And that happens every time the Broncos play one of the historic NRL teams – such as the Dragons, Bulldogs, Roosters, Rabbitohs and even the Sea Eagles.
People tend to forget that until the Broncos arrived on the scene just a quarter of a century ago fans in Queensland followed someone else.
And even though the Broncos have developed a very strong fans base – as they should in a one team city – the traditional clubs retain very large followings in Queensland, and in Brisbane in particular.
Tonight’s game will rate ok….but what else is there to watch? The Newcastle trots?
Nine still gets the pick of the top shelf. Always has, and probably always will! But is it really in the best interests of the game? And in the best interests of the game in Brisbane where, along with Sydney, the games focus always will be?
It isn’t. But I cannot hope the NRL HQ will even notice. I guess that’s what happen when you more than double staff in less than two years!! There are much higher priorities.
Bigger does not always mean better. What a pity John Grant and “Dave” Smith don’t seem to always recognise that?