When will I be famous???


By WPL
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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When will I be famous???
Posted by: TykesRugby.co.uk (IP Logged)
Date: 02/08/2019 13:02

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Re: When will I be famous???
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 02/08/2019 18:05

Excellent logic WPL. I would go even further and arrange the televised games for mid-week. Mid-week football (soccer?) is hugely successful, but that sport has the advantage that players can play two games a week. There is a rugby void - fill it with regular Wednesday night games and it might become as popular as Love Island (OK I got a bit carried away there).

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.

Re: When will I be famous???
Posted by: Wildwillie (IP Logged)
Date: 04/08/2019 15:58

Good plan WPL ! (Sm134)

Re: When will I be famous???
Posted by: WPL (IP Logged)
Date: 04/08/2019 20:02

Good thought Almost , I think the only problem with that would be that it wouldn't effect only the 2 teams playing. It would impact the other teams that the 2 were due to play on the other Saturday.

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.

Re: When will I be famous???
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 04/08/2019 20:09

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.

Re: When will I be famous???
Posted by: WPL (IP Logged)
Date: 04/08/2019 20:30

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almostatyke
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!

Re: When will I be famous???
Posted by: Bobba (IP Logged)
Date: 07/08/2019 10:41

I think the title of this thread should read "When will I be infamous???" No worries, we are already that!

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