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They should play from the new SFS if and when completed.

Where will the NRL be in ten years?

Hopefully in 10yrs time we will see;
– New teams in Perth, Adelaide and a 2nd Brisbane team
– No more Thursday night or 6pm Friday night football. (And no return of Monday nights).
– This better scheduling should assist with improving the attendances to where the NRL stayed as a goal 5 yrs ago, which was to get to 20k average.
– The TV rights split up between multiple FTA channels and whatever sports platform exists (post Foxtel?)

What we’re likely to see:
– Ch.9 and the same old tired commentary team
– No expansion
– Monday night football returns due to diminishing TV money meaning they have to give up good scheduling for the almighty TV dollar.

Where will the NRL be in ten years?

I’m more excited for this than an Asian Cup (not staged in Australia).
The chance to play such quality opposition will be great. Let’s just hope we perform well

Socceroos to play Argentina as Copa America draw revealed

Because the game has been run with conservative short term thinkers.
The NRL has had more than enough money to get a Perth based team up and running. Short terms thinking, don’t they realise there’s a time difference which gives more TV timeslots…

The National Rugby League chairman thinks five hours on a plane is too much

He couldn’t have started any worse with these comments. What an idiot, obviously only thinking of sydney teams having to fly to Perth. As you say Steve, totally ignoring those Aucklanders that have a 3hr flight to Sydney or Melbourne, I’d assume it’s closer to 4 hrs to Brisbane. Then transferring to another plane to fly to Townsville. So yes they already experience this, it’s all part of spreading league to more than just the old world thinking that rugby league should only exist in Sydney.
What a flog, if we want it to be the ‘National’ rugby league then try looking further west then Penrith.

The National Rugby League chairman thinks five hours on a plane is too much

Why, does Gallop have access to a few billion $ that we’re not aware of that he can gift to the league each season??

Larry Kestleman should be commended for outlaying his own money for the sport he loves, but he can’t and won’t do it forever, he would expect the NBL to start paying its own way in the short to medium future. If it can’t then I’d be concerned as a basketball fan in Aus.

The death of active support will be the death of the A-League

Depends who you follow, but Sydney’s squad has been very consistent for a number of years now. The only reason other clubs have high turnover is because they’re chasing.
Although if the A League brought in transfer fees than clubs would likely offer longer contracts.

Regarding your demand for more (true) marquee, of that’s what’s required to get you to attend matches than I’d argue you’re not much of a fan. There’s plenty of quality going around if you’re willing to look.

The death of active support will be the death of the A-League

Haha Redondo, I hope that comment is tongue in cheek.

Why would anyone want to be an A-League coach?

I definitely don’t like the offside calls, if the linesman isn’t physically able to call a mm or cm offside call then I don’t think VAR should be doing so.

But I do think VAR get calls wrong sometimes, they’re the non black and white subjective calls which are just being re-referree’d.

My biggest gripe is the impact it has on the sport in general, which isn’t suited to a stop start nature. And now once a goal is scored people clap and then turn to the big screen to wait and see if the VAR is going to allow it. VAR sucks all the passion out of scoring a goal.

Why would anyone want to be an A-League coach?

I’d say Mike has plenty of anecdotal evidence that VAR is turning people through this channel and also twitter.

If every second game I get annoyed because VAR has ruined parts of the match (because it essentially destroys the free following nature of football), then how long until I start watching less, or watch on tv instead of attending live.
Refs make mistakes, fair enough, so why do I need a second ref sitting in a room making another mistake…

It’s a dangerous slippery slope that the A League owners need to consider.

Why would anyone want to be an A-League coach?

I like Bozza as a pundit, but I’d fear for any organisation if he was ever in charge

Why would anyone want to be an A-League coach?

Back on topic; I would love it if the season started earlier, in August/September and ran until the current April/May, include international breaks and ultimately only play each other twice, which would require likely 16 teams.
Currently we overlap with NRL and AFL at the back end, the BBL and international cricket in the middle, and there news outlets still don’t really focus too much on the A League so we should just do what’s right for our league.

Although part of me wishes we would just convert to a predominately winter league and follow Asia. My reasoning for this is the quality and speed of play would improve based on not playing in stifling conditions most of the time.

What exactly is football's reward for starting late and skipping international breaks?

What a pity this article got railroaded by the usual participation debate. Those usual suspects who like to come onto the football tab and tell us what’s what, it’s been a real joy the read 👎

What exactly is football's reward for starting late and skipping international breaks?

Great article and you’re on the money

What exactly is football's reward for starting late and skipping international breaks?

And while the VAR and doing their review, and then talking to the ref over their headset, the crowd sits there confused because they don’t know what is going on.
The whole thing is a mood killer and a great way to stop people attending it live, instead watching on TV

Is it time for the A-League to scrap VAR?

That is just a pipe dream unfortunately, I’d love to get rid of it, the way we rule offsides to the millimetre is ridiculous now.
But the game wouldn’t admit defeat and get rid of it unfortunately. So now we’re stuck with looking up to a big screen whenever a goal is scored, not knowing whether your celebrations are for nothing. Meaning the pure joy or scoring that elusive goal will be subdued until the VAR does their check. And then by then you’ll do nothing more then say ‘yah we scored’ do a few more claps and sit down. How exciting the current and future is. Professional football has really shot itself in the foot with VAR.
#VAROut

Is it time for the A-League to scrap VAR?

Well that’s more a bias against Wellington, which I won’t argue too much against

'It hasn't even hit my f---ing hand!' Is this the most farcical VAR moment yet?

It’s got nothing to do with Aussie refs, you’ll see calls like that all around the world. But you keep on using that as an excuse to not support local football.

'It hasn't even hit my f---ing hand!' Is this the most farcical VAR moment yet?

I also completely disagree with the statement “The same people that would complain on a weekly basis when referee’s got crucial decisions wrong.”.
I’ll complain until the cows come home about VAR, but I have always firmly believed that you make your own luck and whether you win or lose is on you (the team), not a decision made by the ref.

So now we’re complaining about VAR getting decisions right? A response to Simon Hill

And it’s not as if they need to go to a cheap holiday destination like Bali, they’re all cashed up so why not get away as you say to somewhere else in the world.

Fancy that Australia, a drunken punch-up in Bali?

Fair point, although that was prior to their big Sydney plans with GWS coming in.
If it stayed at the original capacity then I wouldn’t put it past the AFL to p1ss off their Melbourne faithful by sending it to Sydney.

The difference I see here is the AFL are hellbent on forcing their way into Sydney, whereas the NRL barely care about anywhere other than Sydney, they take for granted the state of Qld IMO.

SCG to host NRL grand final as Greenberg snubs Brisbane

I’d say if Perth, Adelaide or even Sydney ever built an oval ground holding close to 100k then yes they would.

SCG to host NRL grand final as Greenberg snubs Brisbane

And the thing is, the SCG has barely any nostalgia left with the only old element being the (old) members stands, which are terrible for watching any sport if you’re on the ground level.

SCG to host NRL grand final as Greenberg snubs Brisbane

While on the topic of Groundhog Day, this article reminds me heavily of lasts weeks effort:

Is this D-Day for the A-League?

Dear A-League fans, it's time to take off the rose-coloured glasses

It seems quite common that facts are either omitted or outright incorrect when it comes to Brisbane Roar on this site.
Glad I don’t support them otherwise it’d get pretty tedious.

Is this D-Day for the A-League?