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Send in the SANZAR Special Forces

Last weekend saw the British and Irish Lions kick off their Australian tour with a 59 to 8 victory over the Baa-Baa’s in Hong Kong. The game was essentially an exhibition game between two artificial sides, yet over 28,000 people paid good money to watch them run around.

I crafted a long winded response which has not appeared so I will try again.
Have a think about this. The people who are carrying the can for the Public Health Regulations and Orders are the Premiers and Health Ministers. They are the ones who are making, tweaking and requiring enforcement, they also will be in the (blame game) firing line if the response fails.
Under these circumstances, you can have all the advice you want from departmental mandarins about what you can and can’t do. You may have a letter from some department chief that says you can drive to and from your holiday house, but it is meaningless unless the Premier or Health Minister gives that approval. Just ask (the now former) NSW Arts Minister,
V’Landys et al may have reams of letters from minions and mandarins. But the Health Ministers haven’t issued them (according to several news outlets).
This, once again, smacks of the NRL blustering and trying barge through by forcing the governments to acquiesce to their demands.
Now I suspect the Premiers and Health Ministers are quite busy, and the position of the requests from the NRL are quite low in their importance and urgency. The more the NRL flails and gnashes it’s teeth, the lower in importance the request get. Rightly so.
People are getting sick and dying. Locally and globally. The people treating the sick and dying are getting infected and dying. People are starting to struggle with isolation and the worry about being unemployed. They are dealing with sick friends and family.
Yet the NRL are all about being an essential service. I call shenanigans!
They want to run around a paddock chucking a footy around. That is not essential.
We are in this for the long run. The players and officials need to understand the importance of everyone banding together to try and overcome this. They do not deserve special dispensation to flout the rules, apart from the inherent risks, it will encourage others to flout the regulations and orders.
The NRL needs to plan for its future, that’s a given. But not at the expense of everyone else.
There are far more important things at play right now (pun intended).

Lack of details a cause for concern in NRL return

ABC TV news at midday was saying that both the NSW and QLD governments have said that they have had no conversationns with the NRL nor have they approved any variance to the public health guidlines or regulations to allow the NRL to train or start playing.

NRL hasn’t spoken to the governments nor its broadcast partner.

Sounds very much like “bluster and barge through” tactics, sadly for the NRL the court of public opinion feels like it is swaying the wrong way…

Lack of details a cause for concern in NRL return

I don’t agree fully with the Customer/retailer relationship.

Nine have a broadcast contract with the NRL in which, I am sure, the number of games, the timing of the games and the quality of the games will all be factors.

The problem is, the NRL have announced they are going to vary what they are delivering, without discussing this with their customer.

As the NRL are currently failing to deliver and want to deliver something different, I would imagine that they are strolling into territory where the contract no longer applies.

Nine blasts NRL management in extraordinary statement

I guess there is something to be said for including your major stakeholders in your plans, if you intended to go off piste with cockamamie ideas…

Nine blasts NRL management in extraordinary statement

Frankly, I don’t give a rat’s what you think of me.

From my perspective you trotting out the hackneyed RWNJ lines and being a Trump fanboi makes me think that you’re not a real smart fella, nor would you be engaging to have a conversation with, so I reckon the feeling is mutual.

What really is News Corp's rugby end game?

Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah.
Think of it this way, you can be a Trump fanboi all you like, you are quite welcome to do so. I am also free to think he is, well, a danger to the planet. I am also quite within my rights to say just that.
If you don’t like it, bad luck cobber, because I don’t have to respect him or his office. Just as I do not have to respect Putin, Xi, Kim Jong Il and the rest. Who the Yanks elect is their business, right up until it becomes a threat to us.
Also your credibility is a bit thin trotting out the old right winger lines about the ABC.
Go back to Sky News, the echo chamber suits you better.

What really is News Corp's rugby end game?

Have you not read, watched, heard any of the Murdoch troglodytes and their main man Trump?

I think if fits like cauliflower ears on a prop.

What really is News Corp's rugby end game?

Sorry my misinterpretation.

I agree wholeheartedly.

What really is News Corp's rugby end game?

If you’ll let me ignore the conspiracy theorist parts of your question, the answer is simple – they have a fair stake in league and AFL.

If they don’t want rugby any more, why not run it down to protect their other interests? Seems like a Murdoch kinda thing to do.

What really is News Corp's rugby end game?

Brett, Quelle Surprise! that we have differing opinions 😂 It’s not the first time!

Sadly, if you ignore the World Cup, I don’t think rugby rates as one of the ‘biggest sports events’ any longer. Which is a problem when they need eyes on TV’s (or devices) and they just don’t get enough of them to make the big spend worthwhile.

If Foxtel can’t get it for a song, then they aren’t going to chase very hard.

What really is News Corp's rugby end game?

I think that Foxtel have worked out that as the delivery landscape is changing, the consumption landscape is changing and the advertising landscape is changing that relatively minor and niche sports simply cannot pay their way anymore.

For example, Foxtel recently dropped Eurosport which carries any number of lesser popular sports; Winter Sports, Cycling, Darts, Shooting, Archery, Rally, etc.

Sadly rugby fits into the minor sports category, at least, in an Australian context.

To be honest, I don’t think Foxtel care about rugby, in particular, and sport, in general, any where near where they used to.

Streaming movies, doco’s, fake news (aka Sky News) and their tie up with Netflix are more likely to produce income than the old model of “shows sports and they will come” model.

What really is News Corp's rugby end game?

I hope that at the end of each round the viewers get to SMS a vote to get one player evicted from the island.

That would send ratings and revenue through the roof…

😂 😂

NRL island is here to save the NRL

Now that’s funny.
It’s just sad you needed the disclaimer. 😊

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

Now there is a topic for discussion. Should e-sports come under the WADA codes?

😂 😂 😱

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

I reckon that won’t be quite so fulfilling. I mean what “off-field” scandals will there be from a bunch of pasty teens who never leave their parents basements and have never had a girlfriend/boyfriend?

😁 😁 😁

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

I am still waiting for him to explain exactly what we’ve done wrong for his God to punish us.

Surely it won’t be long now.

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

Foxtel are doing this already for AFL, Rugby, League and Supercars.

Usually around a theme, such as “Best of xxxxxx”.

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

Orange actually.

They got done recently for ‘irregularities” in their paperwork and for tax evasion.

Rugby league is the people's game and COVID-19 will not kill it

And only tools make assumptions about who a person supports without knowing them.

When using cheap tequila, the difference between lemon and lime is minimal. And I have been guilty of using some questionable tequila.

Rugby league is the people's game and COVID-19 will not kill it

I say when life gives you lemons, grab some salt and tequila and make margaritas!!!!!

Rugby league is the people's game and COVID-19 will not kill it

“So if you want to see Newtown, Norths, and Balmain running round again, OK.”

Covid-19 Notwithstanding they are all still running around. ANd providing great games and great entertainment.

Rugby league is the people's game and COVID-19 will not kill it

I think I can predict, fairly confidently, that my eyeballs will no be amongst those watching.

Especially now that the NRL has been given permission to blanket test their players. Even though none of then qualify to be tested. Which means people who should be tested will miss out.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 2

You have to keep it somewhere I suppose.
😁 😛

Coronavirus precautions must be prioritised over sporting events

I am not sure the Rugby League are taking it seriously. They still plan to run around and get all sweaty, then start grappling with each other.

How is that a good example of the social distancing we are being asked to adhere to?

Then, while flouting the advice from the government, they ask that very government for a bail out. Stupidity, bloody-mindedness and hypocrisy all roll up together.

Coronavirus precautions must be prioritised over sporting events

You must earn a fair wage.

I say that because it must cost a fortune to wrap yourself in cotton wool every time you want to get out of bed.

Crowd catches are a disaster waiting to happen