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Don’t forget Watmough and Glenn Stewart

The best and worst NRL buys of the decade

I think Anthony Watmough was a shocking signing for the Eels, possibly worse than Foran. He had a dud knee when they bought him and yet went ahead anyway. Both were Brad Arthur decisions

The best and worst NRL buys of the decade

Precisely.. but why bother with that when a table can be produced ignoring that and other mitigating factors when you can prompt a pile on about Sydney clubs

Which club really gets the NRL's best home crowds?

Oh sure pal it’s only right wingers millionaires that follow the Sea Eagles right? Tired old silver tail mythology. Ground funding has been totally inequitable for decades. Nobody else is expected to stump up cash for renovation. The Roosters are getting hundreds of millions spent on the SFS in that impoverished Eastern Suburbs. No surprise that all the Sydney clubs being criticised in this article for their crowd size are the same ones who have old facilities.

Which club really gets the NRL's best home crowds?

I was at the game way back in the nineties at Brooky that broke the crowd record there and it was a ridiculously uncomfortable 28k.. so where does the 30,000 capacity come from? The truth is that Brooky has not had any money spent on it in years.. for some reason despite having had local MPs hold the office of both the PM and Premier nobody found anything for it.

Which club really gets the NRL's best home crowds?

So the Eels that have been gifted a brand new shiny tax payer funded ground get great attendance figures… incredible. I wonder if all of the other Sydney clubs dragging the chain are likely to see a dime… I guess not anytime soon.

Which club really gets the NRL's best home crowds?

One thing will not change after this passes… NRL rates. TV has precious little that produces ratings. Nine can talk as tough as it likes but they still need product…. you can’t run a TV station without it. Fox without sport is practically dead. The former has some premium product to sustain it, the latter has zip. One thing is for certain both will need to get rid of the cast of thousands they have on screen… way too many commentators and pundits

Channel Nine looking to tear up their contract with NRL

The ‘packed’ old Olympic ground was not a large crowd.

Why over 1500 games worth of NRL experience could be forced to retire

Maybe.. as I say it all gets down to how he feels when this is all over. I think he’s professional enough to know his own capacity to get up for it.

Why over 1500 games worth of NRL experience could be forced to retire

Precisely. Ironically it always seems the fans of sides who are gifted everything that want to oust the sides that get nothing at all.

'Only the strong survive': Why Joey Johns thinks the NRL should let its four weakest clubs die out

Quite simply it lowers operating costs.. however as you rightly point out it also diminishes revenue. The market just gets smaller when you cut teams. NRL is such a tribal sport that killing off teams does not immediately translate into fans getting a new team allegiances, the same way new teams don’t automatically mean an explosion of new fans. It took years to get Melbourne years of success and premierships to get even a reasonable following in that city. Also I want to know what the criteria for the cull would be.. say it were on field successes and sound financial management, that would’ve seen the Knights kicked out a number of times in the last decade. Now their favourite son, Johns is calling for a cull of weak sides. Culling is not the answer

Why over 1500 games worth of NRL experience could be forced to retire

I know Cam Smith is still playing well, he proved that in round one, but not sure how a lengthy lay off of this type will affect him. My view is that he may just decide that this may be enough to convince him to call it a day. Having said that the shorter season may well benefit him. I guess it all gets down to how he backs up

Why over 1500 games worth of NRL experience could be forced to retire

For someone with such a high profile and following in the game, Johns adds so little. I notice that his clamour for axing poorly performing clubs wasn’t as pronounced when the Knights were racking up wooden spoons and debt. So why nominate four teams and name only two? Is he teasing a sequel to this drivel?

'Only the strong survive': Why Joey Johns thinks the NRL should let its four weakest clubs die out

Canterbury Leichhardt??? No Southern Sydney team, no Northern Sydney team? Yet not one change in teams in Queensland? I see. So who in Sydney would this appeal to? I can think of half the fans in Australia’s biggest market will walk. I mean aside from the big league fans of Norton St. No point in thinking this will automatically be picked up on Rundle Mall and/or Fremantle? Expansion is supposed to increase not decrease your reach. The fans you lose by culling the Sydney sides you have will not be made up for in largely unreceptive markets like Adelaide.

The NRL will be back, better than ever

I certainly hope that Toddy is getting a cut too. One that’s commensurate with his years of financial mismanagement.

NRL asks players to take massive pay cut to save game's finances

sadly they could and it wouldn’t affect eithers win/loss ratio

Is the time now right for the reunification of the rugby codes?

They seemed destined for great things(well good things at least) when they first came into the comp. It actually looked like they had learned from the previous franchises by buying talent at or near the peak of their powers.. Bailey, Rogers, Campbell, Prince to name a few. They were well coached by Cartwright and even unearthed quite a bit of local talent. Fast forward through to the last few years. Recruitment seems to be very marquee oriented. It has been for players on their way out rather than on the rise. The net result has been that they look to have lost the market they worked hard to get so badly to get. Game days at Robina seem like away games for the home team as fans seem at best 50:50. I’m not sure what the answer is as it just seems like an opportunity that has been squandered. Rather than the NRL carping on endlessly about the need for a second Brisbane side however maybe they could focus on making the other team already in SE Qld a success first. Getting Mal on as an advisor seems to be failing.
It would be a real shame to lose the fourth attempt to get things right up there. I would think a recruitment policy that aimed at younger emerging players would work .. fans are far more forgiving to a side with lesser lights in their team as long as they show promise and give it a red hot crack every week. Beats the hell out of seeing Jarryd Hayne’s career go through its death rattle on top dollar or Ash Taylor endless personal issues being the cause of his appalling form

Remember the Titans? They don't

I share your view.. politicians, particularly Australian politicians always return to sport as a morale lever.. funding will be forthcoming. Why am I so confident? History. As recent as this last election cycle money was thrown around with gay abandon to sporting bodies. Sure it didn’t end well for the minister involved but the votes were still delivered. Scotty knows where his voters heads are at.. he may not be the most dynamic thing to ever grace Canberra but he is first and foremost a politician.. they aren’t complicated creatures. As for the State Government rejecting the proposed diverting of funds away from ANZ stadium refurb.. that makes absolutely no sense.. but I guess they are so early in their term they’re probably too drunk with power that they think it won’t bite them. It will. There is no point to building a monument to sports that can’t afford to provide product to use it.

The NRL will be back, better than ever

Me too.. but maybe I’m just a little jaded by every setback the NRL has faced being met with the same doom and gloom predictions of armageddon. Now that there’s a genuine crisis it seems it’s still the same solutions of less teams in Sydney emerging as the major talking point.

Souths boss calls for NRL funding re-jig

Or the SCG trust does the lobbying for you

The NRL suspension has put these four clubs in danger

It’s only really a risk if there aren’t potential buyers for the privately owned clubs. Gold Coast may struggle as their brand is weak but Manly and Souths have strong profiles and could be moved on. Teams reliant upon poker machine revenue from highly geared clubs are most exposed in the medium term

The NRL suspension has put these four clubs in danger

Then why couch that question by inferring that teams need to be cut? Oh and while we’re at it ‘here’s my list’. Let me guess you not a fan of Manly, Cronulla, Tigers or Panthers

The NRL suspension has put these four clubs in danger

You’re looking at Manly to do what with their ground? The council has always owned it, hasn’t invested in it and unlike Parramatta, the state government aren’t throwing cash to build them a brand new stadium to replace the perfectly adequate one that was already there. No centres of excellence gifted by the taxpayer either. How dare they not get public money?!

The NRL suspension has put these four clubs in danger

Manly to Adelaide??? Sharks to Perth?? Never going to happen.

The NRL suspension has put these four clubs in danger

You have a point.. I think even diehard rabbits fans would acknowledge that they were outgunned on the night.

Rabbitohs ripped off by the refs