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Are teams getting culled in East Sydney though?
Look at the Shute Shield crowd in the West compared to the East?
I stand by my article and my general point.

Rugby union could be the first casualty in the war of the west

Less than a week after The Eels vs Tigers match sold out the match at its opening, the Waratahs were only able to get 10 000! When the stadium was brand new! Was there no curiosity factor among Union fans?
Also look at the Shute Shield 40% reduction in numbers, the West isn’t working for Union yet they persist because of the allure of the Stadium.

Rugby union could be the first casualty in the war of the west

The general theme of the article is that the West of Sydney is a very competitive market and Union appears to have fallen by the wayside, yet they seem to be determined to persist with BankWest Stadium despite getting heavily criticised over.

Rugby union could be the first casualty in the war of the west

In 2018 the Bledisloe Cup crowd was about 67 000 that’s a far smaller crowd than previous years when it used to get better crowds than Origin and to me points to a broader trend of the code accepting mediocrity.
As for the recent game against Samoa, the area has a strong Polynesian community and it was a number of Wallabies last game in Australia, they should be getting better crowds than the Parramatta Eels, and the fact they aren’t to me says that the battle for the West has been fought and lost.

Rugby union could be the first casualty in the war of the west

It was in Western Sydney in 2018 I think.

Rugby union could be the first casualty in the war of the west

That is true but the crowds in Western Sydney as a whole have been underwhelming and that’s including the Bledisloe.

Rugby union could be the first casualty in the war of the west

I get that you are taking the Mick but I It would be great to see that, but unfortunately they are playing at Win Stadium in the Illawarra this year.

Rugby union could be the first casualty in the war of the west

No I was making the point that Parramatta fans are embracing the new stadium and there appears to be little complaints about price and transport as once again they are getting above the NRL average attendances, where as Union no longer seems to in the West.

Rugby union could be the first casualty in the war of the west

Being a self confessed Raiders fan means that you can’t look at it rationally, while I agree the penalties that were called for were excessive, I’m not sure advocating for the likes of Hudson Young and Nick Cotric from a Raiders fan can be viewed as anything but bias.

Hysteria meets inconsistency: Hudson Young thrown to the wolves

Tell that to the near sellout crowd at Parramatta this weekend.

Rugby union could be the first casualty in the war of the west

That’s not exactly the most flattering language you have used to describe one of the Country’s fastest growing regions.

Rugby union could be the first casualty in the war of the west

Well that’s the question Isn’t it?
Recent evidence suggests they seem resolute in wanting Bank West Stadium to work.

Rugby union could be the first casualty in the war of the west

From the few interactions I witnessed between fans and Security I saw at the Leeds game at BankWest was positive, same with what I have witnessed at a few Eels games I’ve been to.
I personally won’t go the A-League anymore as I had a bad experience for wearing a NSW Blues jersey to a Sydney Game (with eventually being threatened) but I know it isn’t like that for Everyone, andfrom the few scenes I’ve witnessed at BankWest I think it will be better, the Stadium wants its relationship with WSW to go so it’s a 12 month venue.

Better policing will help improve A-League atmospheres

How so?

AFL shows us how to boost international rugby league

Ok then, they nation of their heritage that should have said.

AFL shows us how to boost international rugby league

I don’t think you could call it the All Australian anyway I’m sure AFL have trademarked that name.
It doesn’t need a new name just more Ceremony around the Kangaroos, Jillaroos and Wheelchair team selections I think.

AFL shows us how to boost international rugby league

Paul I’m sorry if I was unclear what I would like to see is the Kangaroos team have as much Ceremony and celebration as the AFL All Australian Team.
To my knowledge players like Cam Smith or Taumalolo can be picked in the Dally M team of the year.
I’m not talking about more tests (though I think we should play more but that is a whole other discussion) just trying to make the team more visible, we are world champions let’s celebrate that.

AFL shows us how to boost international rugby league

I wouldn’t bother feeding the troll CT, I think he just enjoys sucking the oxygen out of any positive talk or excitement about the International game, yet he reads and interacts with almost every article about it.
A conundrum indeed.

AFL shows us how to boost international rugby league

The NRL has next to no coverage in Victoria.

Will anyone become the A-League’s free-to-air friend?

You are correct, I’m not what you call a dedicated Football fan.
I’m the casual fan that the A-League clearly don’t care for.

Will anyone become the A-League’s free-to-air friend?

I still don’t see how that could translate into a bigger audience than FTA, but I’m no expert.
I just know if it’s on tv I’ll watch, if I have to stream it I will not.

Will anyone become the A-League’s free-to-air friend?

So how do they turn a streaming service into legitimate revenue?
I’m seriously curious, as this is a challenge for all but the biggest sports globally.

Will anyone become the A-League’s free-to-air friend?

I think of the nearly 4 million people who watch State of Origin aren’t all rusted on League fans, I’m not a cricket fan at all but I always check out a bit of the Boxing Day Test. And a regular season Melbourne Storm game this year had 1.8 million viewers.
For a population such as ours these are big numbers.
My point is that the biggest sporting events in Oz are on Free to Air, I agree it’s not what it was but it still measures its sporting audience in the millions.

Will anyone become the A-League’s free-to-air friend?

One of the issues with Streaming I believe is that even though it is far cheaper than pay and FTA TV, it doesn’t engage the casual fan. You have to seek it out at present and only casual fans will do that.
Even though FTA TV is a shrinking medium it also gives you the best chance of picking up casual fans who are just sitting in front of the box having a drink on Saturday night.
If you look all the biggest Sporting events in this country are on FTA, it’s a market that still measures its audiences in the millions and I don’t think that Football can ignore this, especially after how badly this latest deal with Fox has gone.

Will anyone become the A-League’s free-to-air friend?

Why is there so much hate for the RLWC?
It’s a great event.
I don’t think anyone is trying to say it’s amy bigger than what it is people are just excited about its inclusive nature.

Diversity, inclusion and celebration key to a successful 2021 RLWC