Epiquin, the article was not about Manly, though I still find it amazing the NRL has scheduled them on a Friday night AGAIN. It's not the distance to travel, it's the night of the game that is the problem. A Saturday night game would be far better attended.
And as a fan, you would not necessarily miss out on seeing your team play. I did state that games should be on the same day, but they don't have to all kick off simultaneously. The starting times could be staggered and between Pay TV and Channel Nine there are six or seven channels that could be used, as well as the Viewer's Choice option on Fox. The idea is that in the lead in to the finals, all opponents have the same amount of rest. Surely that's fairer than what occurs almost every year.
Dan, this has been an ongoing chestnut for a while now. Scheduling Manly to play on a Friday night at the SFS will ensure the travelling contingent is kept low because it is a logistical nightmare to get from the peninsula to the city for a 7.30 start. I know it sounds easy in theory but traffic is a complete nightmare, buses from the north are sporadic at best, and if you do catch a ferry, it is still another 30 minutes from Circular Quay to the SFS.
It only makes their turnaround difficult if they get a home final in the first week. Had Penrith lost, the Cowboys would have finished 4th and would have had to travel to Sydney. Would they have complained about that too?