NRL clubs should open their doors to warts and all TV
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Greg Eastwood tackles the Melbourne Storm's Todd Lowrie during the NRL Grand Final at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)
The Being Liverpool series might not be for everyone. You may dislike the club more than you hated the vegetables you hid in your mashed potato as a small child and therefore choose not to watch.
Still, the idea of a camera crew taking you into the inner sanctum of one of the most well known sporting organisations in the world is more than a little intriguing.
It’s not so much the interviews or the general narrative being weaved that draws you in, but more the moments you feel you’re not meant to see.
You’re in the change rooms, family homes and club meetings.
Viewers are allowed to hear one on one conversations between manager Brendan Rodgers and the players.
It doesn’t seem staged, as much as a manager walking around with a microphone on can be.
On one occasion he singles out teenage midfielder Raheem Sterling who had spoken back to him during a training match on their pre-season tour of America. He’s left in no doubt that a repeat offence will earn him an early trip back to Liverpool.
The access is unprecedented and it shows a side of the players and the club that is usually only viewed by a select few.
So far, it has been an amazing PR exercise.
The public gets to see the real side of the players and not the ones who choose not to offer much when anywhere near a reporter’s microphone.
It got me thinking whether an NRL club would ever allow something like this to take place?
Most sides are fairly guarded and a healthy distrust has developed in some quarters with the media.
Still, who would you like to see throw open the doors if it ever did get off the ground?
During grand final week most Bulldogs players were quick to tell you that Des Hasler was an amazing man manager. Few were willing to go into details.
Being Canterbury could wipe away some of the mystery that surrounds the man who loves to fly under the radar.
Being Melbourne could be interesting, especially on game day inside Craig Bellamy’s coaches box. That would have to be scheduled for after the children had gone to bed.
Being Parramatta would rival NCIS for drama.
It’s not just a way for supporters to have a sticky beak inside, but also an opportunity for a club to promote its culture and beliefs.
What better way to showcase yourselves to sponsors than to open the doors and show off what you have to offer.
You can follow Luke Doherty on Twitter @Luke_Doherty and on Sky News Australia.
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