The Friday 6pm game is unfair on Queenslanders

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    When the NRL recently signed off on a TV deal worth $1.8 billion over five years, one of the sticking points to come out of it was the newly allotted Friday 6pm game.

    The Friday 6pm game will be aired on pay TV channel Fox Sports from 2017. The new timeslot will replace Monday night football.

    Of course at the time of the announcement of the TV deal, many NRL fans felt that the new Friday timeslot will be a farce. At that time of the week, many people are still coming home from work – or still there.

    And for that obvious conundrum, many would say, who is going to watch a live NRL game in attendance at 6pm on a Friday?

    Certainly that timeslot works for Warriors home matches, with New Zealand two hours ahead of Australia. That timeslot may have been perfect if the NRL had two or three teams based in NZ. But unfortunately, the NRL only has one team from NZ. This means NRL teams from Australia have to host the less desirable timeslot.

    And to make things worse, in the first month of the season, NSW is still in daylight savings hours, therefore Queensland is one hour behind.

    So in a nutshell, in the first month of the NRL season, a game will be televised in Queensland from 5pm. Now that is even more ludicrous.

    In all likelihood, Queensland may not be hosting a match in March, but TV ratings for a 5pm could be a disaster.

    Again, at 5pm people in Queensland are either at work, or commuting from work.

    There’s a strong chance that many NRL fans in Queensland will miss the entire 5pm game in early stages of the NRL season.

    Surely that’s not a win for the fans. It seems like the early Friday game is cooked up by men in suits without consulting the NRL fan.

    Who is to blame? Fox or the NRL. In my opinion, both deserve rotten eggs and tomatoes coming their way.

    Yes we know the usual rhetoric. The broadcasters pay the bills, but surely there is another alternative.

    This Friday 6pm does face many challenges. Come 2017, when it is introduced, TV ratings will show its true indication. And that’s what it comes down to really – TV ratings, not crowds.

    If it is not a success, then most likely there will be a change. In the current cycle, Channel Nine were forced to go live after taking a big hit in TV ratings with the delayed Sunday 4pm coverage.

    There are three possible compromises. For the first month have a Sunday 6pm match, then the rest of the season, Friday 6pm. Alternately, for the first half of the season, a Sunday 6pm match then the second half, a switch to Friday 6pm.

    The final option would be to hold a Sunday game at 6pm for the entire season.

    Why wasn’t a Sunday 6pm game ever considered?

    A Sunday 6pm game does make more sense as Sunday is part of the weekend. When a Perth team comes in, that timeslot would fit perfectly and also take advantage of various public holiday Mondays. It is certainly more logical then the so-called Friday ‘pub game’

    But when it comes down to negotiating a $1.8 billion TV deal, sometimes logic is nowhere to be found.

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    • Roar Rookie

      December 14th 2015 @ 4:36am
      Squidward said | December 14th 2015 @ 4:36am | ! Report

      Not having the glorious enjoyment of daylights saving over summer is unfair for Queenslanders

      • Roar Guru

        December 15th 2015 @ 11:32am
        Dogs Of War said | December 15th 2015 @ 11:32am | ! Report

        Living in QLD now, and I can’t believe from people I talk to how against it they are.

        Probably worried about the curtains fading faster

    • December 14th 2015 @ 7:02am
      grey nurse shark said | December 14th 2015 @ 7:02am | ! Report

      Broncos getting 90% friday night games is not fair on every other nrl team!

      • December 15th 2015 @ 10:05am
        Tom G said | December 15th 2015 @ 10:05am | ! Report


    • December 14th 2015 @ 7:09am
      pete bloor said | December 14th 2015 @ 7:09am | ! Report

      Its the price you pay for the curtains not fading

      • December 14th 2015 @ 10:29am
        Samtwocan said | December 14th 2015 @ 10:29am | ! Report

        What about the confusion with the cows , will somebody think if the cows .

        • December 14th 2015 @ 3:13pm
          pete bloor said | December 14th 2015 @ 3:13pm | ! Report

          They are bloody cattle not milking cows there is no freaking grass in 75% of the bloody state! I remember the most lethal part of backyard cricket being tacking a diving catch in the backyard.

          • December 15th 2015 @ 8:17pm
            Bronco Juggernaut said | December 15th 2015 @ 8:17pm | ! Report

            Considering 80% of the state is cattle properties, and 80% of the year the temperature is 30 degrees plus, it’s no surprise there is no grass

          • December 20th 2015 @ 6:47pm
            Dr Yes said | December 20th 2015 @ 6:47pm | ! Report

            Referring to cattle as ‘cows’. No doubt a lefto-greeno, southern, city-dwelling, frappaccino-mocha sipping, pressed-check-shirt-with-manscaped-beard wearing, crowd-source-funding, Walleed-Ally-tweeting, daylight-savings-loving hackathon organizer.

            They’re cattle and they’re managed by cattlehands and cattle musterers. Anyway, gotta go renew my cowboys membership. Go the cowboys!

    • December 14th 2015 @ 7:11am
      Reggie13 said | December 14th 2015 @ 7:11am | ! Report

      I love the two live games on a Friday night. Love it. It is brought about by the fact Queensland want a Friday game – every week! It will be tough for the first month for the banana benders.

    • Roar Rookie

      December 14th 2015 @ 7:38am
      up in the north said | December 14th 2015 @ 7:38am | ! Report

      Won’t be tough at all. I simply wouldn’t be able to watch the game at 5 p.m. Even at 6 p.m. it’s too early. I don’t know why they’re even proposing it.

    • Roar Guru

      December 14th 2015 @ 8:32am
      Wayne said | December 14th 2015 @ 8:32am | ! Report

      Seems to work fine for Union

      • December 14th 2015 @ 9:32am
        Ken said | December 14th 2015 @ 9:32am | ! Report

        But the reality is that Union TV ratings are tiny regardless of timeslot. In one sense I suppose it’s more of a pure decision making process for the fans/ teams. It’s apples and oranges comparing it to the NRL draw though.

      • Roar Rookie

        December 14th 2015 @ 10:43am
        up in the north said | December 14th 2015 @ 10:43am | ! Report


        • December 14th 2015 @ 12:43pm
          Ben said | December 14th 2015 @ 12:43pm | ! Report

          Its one of those mythical things like unicorns, teeth and a high school eduction that you guys up north only ever hear about…

      • Roar Guru

        December 15th 2015 @ 11:33am
        Dogs Of War said | December 15th 2015 @ 11:33am | ! Report

        Union games in NZ? With only home NZ teams playing. Yeah works awesome. Lets get some more NZ teams.

        • December 15th 2015 @ 12:07pm
          Bakkies said | December 15th 2015 @ 12:07pm | ! Report

          and also against Australian and South African teams.

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