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The Damo Bit - 5th May 2010
Posted by southstander on May 05 2010 - 06:24:35


Many die-hard fans resent the 'armchair' rugby league supporter watching top games from the comfort of their living room, but are they the real power behind the game?

A star-gazing Damo is here....

Rugby League And Sky

Sky TV is probably one of the greatest things that has happened to this wonderful game of ours. Far too often on the forums we hear complaints about armchair fans choosing to watch matches at home rather than in the stadiums. However live Super League matches regularly rank amongst the top 10 most watched programmes in a week on Sky Sports meaning that the much needed funding of the sport from this broadcaster will probably go on for a long time thanks to those Ďarmchairí fans.

In fact things are so healthy for rugby league in the viewing figures at the moment SKY Sports have had no choice but to invest in more airtime for our wonderful game. Recently this has included Super Leagueís super men and Boots 'n' All - The Tries to name two. It's only going to get better with the NRL coverage coming back on sKY Sports as well. Itís just a shame that watching these within the same subscription everyoneís got now may only last for two months.

But thatís because rugby league is in demand meaning SKY can add an extra subscription price for Australian Rugby League.

The same really canít be said for domestic rugby union where one Guinness premiership game is shown each a week. Isnít it hilarious that The Rugby Football League Championship gets one game a week aired as well?

Just how long before we start showing three super league games a week alongside two championship games a week?

Iím probably dreaming a little too much here, however, I think its clear that domestic rugby league is a lot more in demand than domestic rugby union. It's going to be a long fight but one day international rugby league will over take international rugby union.

Wasnít a hybrid version of the games two code talked about a while back to bring the two back together as one?

Finally I hope that what Iíve written this week goes a long way into repairing the reputation of the under appreciated armchair fans. The geography of support is no longer just flat cappers smoking pipes in stadiums. It's people who listen to it on the radio, watch it on TV and check updates on twitter alongside the faithful in the stands.

Thanks for reading.


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