When will I be famous???
August 2 2019
One of the things that perplexes me about Championship rugby, why aren’t we on TV more? Is it the entertainment – nope there are some great games every year – I’m pretty sure it’s possible to pick out ones that will be close and entertaining!
If Sky don’t want to show us apart from the occasional game, why don’t we look elsewhere…shock horror even free to air BBC/C4/C5.
But they won’t pay us a load of money, maybe not, in fact I would let them have it free if it came to it. Let me explain, every team must be shown a minimum number of times a year and here’s the catch a maximum so they just can’t show Newcastle (* or whichever team is on the naughty step) every week.
Why free, value wise it’s not going to attract millions of viewers, but it will attract more than not being shown. Now think about the value to the clubs when it comes to sponsorship, dear Mr or Mrs Company come and pay £100k to be on our shirts this year and we will be on TV 5 times – prime time weekend afternoon slot…Who knows people may see it and say I fancy a bit of live rugby I’ll go along to my local club in Headingley and go and try it!
Weekend afternoon slot - but I will be at the game so I can’t watch or our attendance will drop…maybe, but I suspect fans of Championship clubs are people who want to watch live sport in person so will still go. Broadcast the game at 1pm so people could go to the ground and have a beer watching another game on TV before they go outside to cheer their team on.
It would beat watching another property or antique roadshow program on tv I’m sure.
The 1pm start would also work with Sky, they may actually say they want the game on a Thursday evening to fill a hole in their live sport schedule – the purist will say we shouldn’t be dictated to by TV, I would argue to survive we may need to at least listen to them, where else do clubs get money from?
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2019:08:15:05:02:02 by Wildwillie .
I know logistics might be difficult - the teams playing Wenesday would miss two weekends of "normal" league action, but the benefits way outweigh the administrative challenges IMHO.
There is always the Thursday evening slot that Rugby League will soon vacate - other than ensuring both teams played on the Saturday prior it shouldn't impact the other teams too much.
Sorry to mention France again, but your suggestion, WPL, is exactly what happens in the French Pro D2. One match each week is played on Thursday, it gets live coverage on Canal Plus (French equivalent of Sky) and BTW is available in the UK on Eurosport Player.
Proven model then...even better!