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Brett McKay

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Brett McKay is one of The Roar's good news stories and has been a rugby and cricket expert for the site since July 2009. Brett is an international and Super Rugby commentator for ABC Grandstand radio, is the voice of ACT club rugby, has commentated on Under-20s Championships, Women's Uni Sevens and National Rugby Championship coverage, and has written for magazines and websites in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK. He tweets from @BMcSport.

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I’ll ask it again, how do you “get a Friday night game on free-to-air TV” if none of the FTA networks are interested in it?

Time for administrators to wake up on failing Super Rugby: Wessels

I’ll be honest Scott, I’ve been that busy covering WNBL Grand Finals this last week that I’ve simply not been looking. But there’s always room for more promotion in the game, absolutely..

Time for administrators to wake up on failing Super Rugby: Wessels

Joe, see my point above about FTA interest for Super Rugby (and TWAS points about viability).

Time for administrators to wake up on failing Super Rugby: Wessels

Three times a year.

Time for administrators to wake up on failing Super Rugby: Wessels

Absolutely you can, Ed. It’s pretty cut and dry when you put it that…

Time for administrators to wake up on failing Super Rugby: Wessels

He prices them out, for sure. That’s not blocking, that’s winning.

Time for administrators to wake up on failing Super Rugby: Wessels

CP, that’s a pretty weak response, if you’re just going to trot out the apologist line.

You’re smart enough to know that the media writes/shows what the media thinks its audience needs, surely?

Time for administrators to wake up on failing Super Rugby: Wessels

And there’s still only one place in which you can watch every game of the NBL. And the NRL. And the AFL. (And Super Rugby). (“It’s a trap!”)

Too expensive? Very hard to access?

It’s literally never been cheaper and easier.

I currently pay $68/mth for Foxtel, Fox Sports, and an IQ box (I get HD for free). That’s my choice. But these are the alternates:

$58/mth – without the IQ box (in fact, you might be able to get an IQ4 for nothing currently)
$54/mth – via their streaming option (multiple platforms and devices)
$35/mth – via Kayo Sports premium packages (allows multiple streams in HD on multiple platforms and devices)
$25/mth – Kayo’s basic package (still allows two streams in HD)

If you want HD on Netflix in Australia, it’s $10/mth. Multiple screens pushes it to $14/mth, and HD to $18. Stan is similar, Amazon is less.

I don’t think the “too expensive, very hard to access” argument stands up anything like it once did.

Time for administrators to wake up on failing Super Rugby: Wessels

So we’re just going to ignore how well the Waratahs, Reds, and Rebels are doing with their power base?

How big is a power base, really, that you would build solely asking people to instantly connect with a team they previously had no connection with, that’s just been replanted in their region?

Time for administrators to wake up on failing Super Rugby: Wessels

You guys know the Brumbies are the only team not losing money, right?

Time for administrators to wake up on failing Super Rugby: Wessels

Joe, I’ve lived in Canberra 20+ years, and it’s all pretty simple.

Canberrans watch who’s winning.

When the Brumbies are up, the Raiders are down, and vice versa. The Capitals have sold out the AIS Arena (capacity 4500-5000) twice in a week for the WNBL GF series this week, and had 3200 there for a semi. In a year they won 12 straight games and stormed to the minor premiership, they doubled their home crowd. To 1400. And it’s more than doubled since the finals.

Faced with the choice of watching teams, they’ll pick the one more likely to win.

The Raiders only get a handful of FTA games per year, but their crowds are up because they’ve been in or around the finals in recent years.

The Brumbies starting 2019 just above their 2018 average is a positive, but nothing builds crowds and builds (or reignites) interest like winning…

Time for administrators to wake up on failing Super Rugby: Wessels

I think that’s a great conspiracy theory and not much else. Think about it. Properly.

We know that Ten was interested in one live game a week at the time SR went to 15 teams and the new conference model. With more local derbies available, Ten wanted to get on board and did to my knowledge put in a submission.

But Ten submission meant that Fox no longer had the exclusivity, meaning their value on the rights was much lower. To the point that (again, just my understanding) the combined Fox + Ten deal was worth as low as 60-70% of a Fox exclusive model.

The then ARU made the only real commercial choice it could. And Ten, nor the other networks, haven’t bid since.

Murdoch isn’t blocking anyone, that’s a literal constraint of trade. Fox are certainly using their commercial advantage though…

Time for administrators to wake up on failing Super Rugby: Wessels

CS, how do you get Super Rugby on FTA when FTA is clearly not interested?

Time for administrators to wake up on failing Super Rugby: Wessels

The Crowd’s tips are in – and more than 550 votes, one of the biggest tallies ever!!

Thanks everyone, see you at the rugby this weekend… 🙂

Super Rugby Round 1 expert tips: Guess who’s back, back again

Akari, hopefully we can give you enough reason to join in each week, great to have you back for Round 1 at the very least.
Ken, you may have a point. Those tips are only one step removed from ‘I like their colours better’… ????

Super Rugby Round 1 expert tips: Guess who’s back, back again

As Dan’s replied a few times in the last few days, Smiggle, sadly the tipping comp plugins haven’t made the trip over from the old site successfully.

You’ll have to plough your energies into affecting The Crowd’s tips!

Super Rugby Round 1 expert tips: Guess who’s back, back again

I’m concerned about our resident Wellingtonian, Chookman…

Super Rugby Round 1 expert tips: Guess who’s back, back again

RT, if you subbed in ‘Waratahs’ for ‘Blues’ you’d be laughed for claiming the annual February championship… 😆

Super Rugby Round 1 expert tips: Guess who’s back, back again

All the home teams expect the Blues. Safety first in February, Kia!

Super Rugby Round 1 expert tips: Guess who’s back, back again

You’re lucky we didn’t have them topping the conference as well, Paul!!

Super Rugby Round 1 expert tips: Guess who’s back, back again

Very kind of you, by the way, Jez. The Goulburn game definitely felt a bit smoother that the Brumbies first trial at Viking Park. Though in my defence, I didn’t get a steak sandwich into me!

Could 2019 yield the closest Australian conference yet?

Cheers Jamie.

Reckon you’ve nailed the anxious feeling we’ve all got: “yet if aus teams don’t hit the ground running we will unfortunately see a repeat of 2018”

Hopefully – hopefully – the opposite is also true!

Could 2019 yield the closest Australian conference yet?

because he has no time for anyone remotely linked to Randwick…

Could 2019 yield the closest Australian conference yet?

“For one month of selection boldness…” 😆

Could 2019 yield the closest Australian conference yet?

Maybe, Connor, but I reckon Wessels has probably ruled himself out by re-signing with the Rebels for the next few seasons…

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/rugby-union/wessels-rules-himself-out-of-wallabies-contention/news-story/e2cd5cb7685765053dbb38a658a44174

Could 2019 yield the closest Australian conference yet?