Times changing for NRL TV in Melbourne

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    Channel Nine’s treatment of Melbourne rugby league fans has been poor, with NRL games delayed until midnight on their main channel, even ones including the Storm, until this season.

    This year, two live Sunday games involving the Melbourne Storm have been on Channel Nine, with a third this week against Wests Tigers.

    And don’t forget the amount of representative rugby league, like State of Origin and the Test match in May, went live into Melbourne.

    And the Storm have a rare Friday night game on July 22 against Brisbane at AAMI Park.

    Hopefully this game will be shown live in Melbourne to show that Channel Nine has really changed their mind about league going live into Melbourne.

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    • June 18th 2011 @ 7:13am
      Boomshanka said | June 18th 2011 @ 7:13am | ! Report

      It must be TV rights negotiation year and Channel Nine are finally realising they have the rights to a top sport.

      The commitment from the local programming boys still requires a massive lift though. At present they appear to sincerely believe that the so called “sporting capital of the world” would rather watch a Scooby Doo movie on a Friday night than rugby league in Melbourne.

      We could enjoy live (or near live) rugby league if Channel Nine wrote just one letter to the Communications minister asking to play the sport on their mutli-channels as Channel Seven have done for the AFL (into NSW & QLD), V8’s and Wimbledon.

      That’s all we’re asking for down here Channel Nine – Just write that letter and start showing rugby league regularly into Melbourne.

      • June 18th 2011 @ 6:39pm
        Tigger Madness said | June 18th 2011 @ 6:39pm | ! Report

        Well said and totally agree.

      • June 21st 2011 @ 9:56pm
        Bam Bam said | June 21st 2011 @ 9:56pm | ! Report

        Over here we get Rugby League live in Uganda on FTA TV for crying out loud, granted, not all of the games, but Uganda gets 4 games a week – the only problem is on a volunteers wage (nothing) I can’t afford a TV.
        But, nonetheless, how is it that a 3rd World/Developing Country who have absolutely no vested interest (and to be honest, don’t understand the sport) get it live whereas Melbourne, whom have a team, are left in the dark!!!

        • June 22nd 2011 @ 7:43am
          Boomshanka said | June 22nd 2011 @ 7:43am | ! Report

          Reminds me of an older (2009) article which unfortunately is still true today.

          Good reading from: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/dictatorships-and-holiday-isles-get-origin-live-but-not-sa-and-wa/story-e6frexv9-1225739610369

          DICTATOR Kim Jong Il has held the world to ransom, but he can get it. Robert Mugabe has run roughshod over a proud nation, and he can get it.
          And while the Dalai Lama abhors the brutality on show at ANZ Stadium tonight, he can get it, too.

          But if you happen to live in Adelaide or Perth – forget it.

          While viewers in new markets like North Korea, Zimbabwe and Nepal will enjoy live coverage of Origin II, the very two Australian cities being targeted for expansion have been given a colder shoulder than that given to UN weapons inspectors requesting entry to Pyongyang.

          Audiences in Western Australia and South Australia will wait up to two hours to watch tonight’s league showpiece, which is being telecast live to more than 60 countries abroad.

          The transmission glitch comes as the NRL tries to re-establish itself in both Australian states, with Adelaide and Perth having hosted matches so far this season.

          But the promising groundwork has been undermined by broadcaster Channel 9, which relegated both cities to the bottom of the national pile on a score of live Origin coverage.

          Even Tasmanian league tragics will watch the action unfold as it happens, while Victorians also will be spared a late-night show after the game is up.

          Origin’s live appeal is even strong enough to penetrate the Iron Curtain of communist North Korea, where the Australia Network will go head-to-head against State-sanctioned propaganda with a full broadcast at 6.30pm tonight.

          The NRL might have lost its self-proclaimed emperor Denis Fitzgerald last month, but despot Kim Jong Il could well fill the breach given that he rates television – alongside uranium – as one of his personal passions.

          Other conflict hot spots around the globe also have been earmarked for live coverage.

          The Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe are beset by civil unrest, but will get a first-hand view of mate-against-mate Australian-style this evening. Origin is also expected to be a ratings hit in Pakistan, where the TV-hating Taliban are spreading faster than swine flu, while a wet track also could win fans in monsoon-ravaged Bangladesh, whose marooned citizens are tipped to overwhelm Queensland with a flood of support.

          But the icing on the cake comes with live coverage into the Maldives, which has been at the centre of a global tug-of-war between sports administrators for decades.

          A few years ago ARL chairman Colin Love did the hard yards for rugby league, bravely parachuting into the uncharted turquoise waters of this Indian Ocean archipelago to spread the game’s gospel.

          At the time, Love insisted the trip was a fact-finding mission – despite the cynics who screamed “junket”.

          Now the method in his madness has been revealed, with dozens of honeymooning couples handed a welcome break from endless love making and coconut daiquiris thanks to the Australia Network’s relentless commitment to Origin.

          “The situation’s ridiculous, although it’s an improvement on what we usually get in Perth,” WARL boss Bill Nosworthy said.

          “Two years ago it used to be shown much later, so at least we’re heading in the right direction.”

          • June 22nd 2011 @ 11:52am
            Jaceman said | June 22nd 2011 @ 11:52am | ! Report

            NRL’s fault for not tying it up in the contract. The AFL made Seven and Ten show AFL at reasobale times in non-AFL states in the last rights deal in 2006. So whinge to the NRL and stop whinging here…

            • June 22nd 2011 @ 12:26pm
              Boomshanka said | June 22nd 2011 @ 12:26pm | ! Report


              Did you actually read the article above, or did you just jump in with your mate Redb when someone posted that the Storm actually rated well last week.

              Yes, the NRL did not adequately ensure Victorian rugby league people were accommodated when they signed the TV rights, but then the whole TV rights is complicated by cross media ownership of the game and the NRL’s ownership which is changing.

              Hardly whinging here. Just stating the “Facts”, as Redb would say, however unlike the opinion fueled Financial Review article, these facts above are sadly true in that states of Australia have worse coverage than dictator lead despot countries.

              Unlike the AFL, there is demand for rugby league outside of Australia. Deal with it and start your own article on an AFL lead if you don’t like it or feel threatened by it.

              • June 23rd 2011 @ 11:14am
                Jaceman said | June 23rd 2011 @ 11:14am | ! Report

                I was just pointing out that it was the NRL’s doing – whinge was a bit strong but the NRL had their own destiny in their hands..

    • June 18th 2011 @ 8:10am
      Paul said | June 18th 2011 @ 8:10am | ! Report

      Will the NRL ever look at other broadcasters for our fine game or will they ever negotiate with ch9 to grow the game ? It seems as though ch9 is running the games future instead of the NRL. Ok they have successfully brainwashed Vic , SA , NT and WA to believe that NRL doesnt exist or is insignificant . Why not gracefully and for the betterment of the game give Foxtel the right to show games live into these states even on their main event channel ? People will pay a nominal fee if required for live uninterrupted games . Foxtel is the number 1 broadcaster for rugby League and the development of the game , let them continue to do a sterling job and give them the rights to games that ch9 chooses to play on free to air more than 2 hours delayed ? Grow the sport and dont let a broadcaster be a detriment to the development and education of supporters and junior players Australia wide . Surely the NRL can exercise these concerns prior to the new contract ?

    • June 18th 2011 @ 9:05am
      Nick The Second said | June 18th 2011 @ 9:05am | ! Report

      Its no better here in SA, though I feel for the Vics as they actually have a team they cant watch. Channel Nine are Niff-Nuffs to the highest degree. Even if they do show it late I dont watch it out of spite and simply watch it on Fox the next morning … Heck Rabbits V Titans and Broncs V Dragons, they hold the rights to and could easily show on SA TV yet they hoard till 11:30.

      Argue if AFL or NRL is the most or second most either way that surely warrents them showing us a game over Scooby-Doo. They have already paid for the rights for these games so would virtually be free for them to show on TV yet they go and buy rights to Scooby-Doo to air on TV.

      Crazy Crazy mixed up Channel 9.

      End Rant

      • June 18th 2011 @ 9:37am
        clipper said | June 18th 2011 @ 9:37am | ! Report

        But it’s all to do with advertising. If a second rate cartoon or ancient comedy gets 100k and the NRL gets 50k, which do you think the advertisers are going to be happiest with – especially since you can aim sugar laden cereals and fat laden hamburgers at the kids who will be watching Scooby-Doo. If the NRL have a condition in the contract to show these games live like the AFL, then the station will have to do it, but you might lessen the asking price.

        • June 18th 2011 @ 12:21pm
          voodoo people said | June 18th 2011 @ 12:21pm | ! Report

          Why? There are digital multi-channels that regularily average less than 50k audiences. Anti-siphoning law changes in 2013…

          Whats the problem?

          • June 18th 2011 @ 4:18pm
            clipper said | June 18th 2011 @ 4:18pm | ! Report

            I don’t think there is a problem. If there was money to be made, then they would try and make it. I don’t think it’s a conspiracy. I would like to see the Boot Throwing world championship on TV as well, but no one would watch – that’s what Foxtel is for. I don’t think 7 or 10 would be showing the Swans live unless they had to.

            • June 18th 2011 @ 4:24pm
              Boomshanka said | June 18th 2011 @ 4:24pm | ! Report

              There is a problem because Channel Nine will not allow FOX to show the game before it is finished in Sydney hence Friday night games are not shown into Melbourne until 11.30 pm at the earliest.

      • June 20th 2011 @ 5:52pm
        Jaceman said | June 20th 2011 @ 5:52pm | ! Report

        Nine wouldnt allow Fox to show the AFL into NSW/Qld until 10.30 (revised to 9.30 after negotiation) when they had the rights in 2002-2007. So its not just NRL that suffers. Interestingly the ACT got live AFL at 7.30 on friday night after the Comms Minister was in canberra and couldnt see Collingwood live (Alston). So the phone melted and ACT residnets got it live. Amazing!!!!

    • June 18th 2011 @ 9:59am
      steven ellis said | June 18th 2011 @ 9:59am | ! Report

      A few weeks ago the Storm v souths match was shown live on a Sunday afternoon..
      it rated about 50K …the local team beaten by a doco on whales….

      Its just the NRL’s version of the Swans and Iron Chef in sydney …

      what does that mean ? nothing new.. what we already know for 100 years…
      sydney has a preference ‘their’ game league…
      melbourne overwhelming preference for ‘our’ AFL ..nothing new..

      the codes and their local state based media minders are both absolutely desperate to be seen and valued as the one truly ‘National ‘ football code over all others.. .( including football and rugby ).
      so they will spin it whichever way they like…

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        June 18th 2011 @ 10:13am
        The Cattery said | June 18th 2011 @ 10:13am | ! Report

        Both the NRL and AFL have a right to do whatever they think is best for their games, if that means negotiating TV deals to show the game live in non-heartland regions, so be it.

        In any event, it has now become a simple matter for the commercial FTAs to mix and match their live sport offerings by using their secondary stations, so fans of Scooby Doo, Iron Chef and the two premier competitions in the land can all be catered for!

        • June 18th 2011 @ 10:56am
          oikee said | June 18th 2011 @ 10:56am | ! Report

          Yes, the veiwers should have the chioce to watch whatever they like. Why even bother playing any code if you cant watch the damm game on tv.
          They want to play sport nationally, you should be able to watch it nationally, in any state at any time it is on.

          The networks are getting away with murder. Have been for over 10 years now.

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        June 18th 2011 @ 10:27am
        Richard said | June 18th 2011 @ 10:27am | ! Report

        I’ve no great love of the game, but I do like to watch the Storm, especially when they beat a NSW side, and I’ve no doubt that if it was televised live I’d watch it from time to time. Over time, interest would grow, so I hope channel 9 do televise NRL live from now on. It would be a good investment in their investment.

        • June 18th 2011 @ 12:23pm
          voodoo people said | June 18th 2011 @ 12:23pm | ! Report

          The problem is Channel 9 NSW has the rights to the game, and on sell to WIN/NBN and others, and it is up to Channel 9 Victoria to show it.

          Bit of a stupid decentralised business structure, but thats 9 for you. This is one of the reasons Rugby League fans would like to see 7 or 10 get the rights, even if its for less money, as it is believed they would be better hosts for the sport.

    • June 18th 2011 @ 12:27pm
      warren said | June 18th 2011 @ 12:27pm | ! Report

      Channel 9 even go further by buying the rights to the ESL and put it on 12:30 Monday morning. They use to have the game on a 2pm before the NRL coverage. No sure why this stopped other than Foxtel may have complained it takes away from their coverage of the earlier game. Surely they could put the ESL games on at a more decent hour rather than re-runs of the guardian.

      Regardless if the Storm or indeed Swans get low tv audiences the game is on. Sponsors value this & pay accordingly.

      Going to my first game of the season tomorrow with Tigers v Storm. Can’t wait to see the stars at a great RL ground.

      • June 18th 2011 @ 12:48pm
        Football United said | June 18th 2011 @ 12:48pm | ! Report

        12:30 sounds like a dream for me. im a 3rd generation huddersfield RL fan living in victoria and used to be able to watch the challenge cup final and super league on foxtel. not anymore thanks to consolidated media and channel 9.

      • June 18th 2011 @ 1:28pm
        Boomshanka said | June 18th 2011 @ 1:28pm | ! Report

        Unfortunately Channel Nine, after paying for and securing the rights to the English Superleague go onto hoard this competition into Melbourne by not showing or onselling the game south and west of the Murray.

    • June 18th 2011 @ 8:29pm
      Ad said | June 18th 2011 @ 8:29pm | ! Report

      Surely channel nine could show the games on one there digital channels such as GEM or GO, if the broadcasters showed some ambition then maybe people down here in Victoria will begin to care about and watch league

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