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Probably for the same reason your lot refer to Sydney FC as ‘East Sydney’. Because someone looked at a map and decided that’s where the clubs reside.

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Match Week 26

Great article, Katrina. I certainly hope they are.

Are the Central Coast Mariners title contenders?

World Cup playoffs in Qatar, both of which the Socceroos and New Zealand hope to be involved in, take place in mid-June.

Wellington Phoenix's homecoming is the feel-good story of the season

Because it forces fans of the eight clubs involved to buy a Paramount+ subscription to watch their respective teams.

I think we’re looking at this from the wrong angle. It’s natural for us, as football fans, to want what’s best for the A-Leagues. But Paramount+ want what’s best for Paramount+. They bought the A-Leagues to sell broadcast subscriptions, not to advance the cause of football.

That doesn’t mean they’re not interested in how the A-Leagues are going. But their job, first and foremost, is to get people signing up for their streaming service.

Are we okay with the A-League Men becoming a made-for-TV competition?

“It’s one thing to rip into a team if you think they should be doing better, but to actively discourage attendance and to stop attending, in my book, means you are no longer a fan. I should add, the 5,000 or so who get to Dolphins are the best, encourage and critical but loyal.”

Well said, Lionheart.

Are we okay with the A-League Men becoming a made-for-TV competition?

There were just under 5,500 there. Almost the entire western stand is occupied by season ticket holders in Redcliffe.

Are we okay with the A-League Men becoming a made-for-TV competition?

You and Simon Hill must come from different football countries then Waz, as he thought it was a penalty.

Are we okay with the A-League Men becoming a made-for-TV competition?

Considering that they only started splitting the broadcasts into different markets a couple of months ago, no? Their strategy hasn’t been working.

Are we okay with the A-League Men becoming a made-for-TV competition?

josh, if you can’t see that a five-goal thriller played out on free-to-air TV with plenty of talking points is what the A-League Men needs right now, then you are part of the problem.

Are we okay with the A-League Men becoming a made-for-TV competition?

But the stadium is nowhere near Sydney FC’s traditional home ground. They can’t move back to the city soon enough.

Are we okay with the A-League Men becoming a made-for-TV competition?

That only works if you have a subscriber base to begin with, which Foxtel does after 27 years in business. They only started staggering kick-offs for TV less than ten years ago.

Paramount+ aren’t trying to get Melbourne Victory fans to tune into the Sydney Derby, they want Victory fans to have a Paramount+ membership precisely so they don’t have to watch the Sydney Derby.

Are we okay with the A-League Men becoming a made-for-TV competition?

I think we need to get out of the habit – and I’m not referring to you personally, Stevo – of assuming that ‘lower league’ automatically equates to inferior.

Time and time again we’ve seen players who don’t necessarily have the highest pedigreed CVs come and light up the A-Leagues, so I’m not sure why so many fans are so quick to judge before they’ve even seen a ball kicked in anger.

Perth Glory's return home makes it a national league once again

Deserved derby win. I’ve always given the Wanderers the credit they are due.

Perth Glory's return home makes it a national league once again

The ‘east coast’ thing is not just a pithy line. I’ve been contacted by officials from a couple of clubs this season who aren’t particularly happy with certain aspects of the campaign.

I think COVID postponements have papered over a lot of the cracks, but I’ll be very interested to see what next season’s fixture list looks like.

Perth Glory's return home makes it a national league once again

There are still plenty of them on Twitter.

There's life in the A-Leagues yet, so let's appreciate what we've got

My tips were terrible last week. Apparently everyone else’s were worse.

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Match Week 15

I didn’t see the end of the Glory game… because I was watching Brisbane Roar. Evidently more viewers on Paramount+ doesn’t necessarily equate to column inches.

The A-Leagues are on fire, so how do we get more people to watch?

I misread Sunshine Tiger’s post as a comment on Brisbane Roar. I haven’t watched a whole lot of Western United this season, but they’re clearly a side built on a watertight defence.

The A-Leagues are on fire, so how do we get more people to watch?

If you’re asking me whether I’m surprised that a side that saw it’s two top scorers from last season depart, it’s two new strikers for this season immediately struck down with injury and which relies on one of the youngest attacking units in the league, has struggled to score goals – no, I am not.

The A-Leagues are on fire, so how do we get more people to watch?

Who is the dedicated Brisbane Roar reporter for KeepUp? No one.

Who wrote an exclusive column for Brisbane Roar’s match day programme today? Me.

Why didn’t KeepUp ask me to write Brisbane Roar columns for them? You tell me.

But I don’t think it takes a genius to figure out there’s not a huge appetite for writers of any kind to cast a critical eye over the A-Leagues.

As quality Australian football writing continues to decline, the Jamberoo Writers' Festival attempts to revive it

I attended Day 1 of The Ashes… the Barmy Army this time around were all Aussie-based expats.

But yes, you’ve hit the nail on the head with one of the biggest problems the A-Leagues face. We have a perfectly watchable league right in front of us, but most football ‘fans’ would rather tune into the EPL.

The FFA Cup final was a powerful reminder of what makes football so unique

There was some talk in the past of it being played on Australia Day, but given the date of that holiday might change in the near future anyway, that idea has probably been laid to rest.

The FFA Cup final was a powerful reminder of what makes football so unique

I wouldn’t know how, since it’s in the third paragraph and you’d have to click on the article to find a reference to clutch your pearls to in the first place.

Nat, the reason I compared football crowds to other codes is because football crowds are much louder, more passionate and make a concerted effort to support their team in a way that doesn’t happen in other codes. I know this because I have been to plenty of matches in other sports (including several State of Origins) and none of them compare to the support you find at a football game. Hence the comment.

The FFA Cup final was a powerful reminder of what makes football so unique

Perfectly articulated, Simmo.

It's time for some scrutiny on the decision-makers in Australian football

He deserves his chance.

Why Arnie's latest Socceroos squad is the saddest one of all

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