17,000 average, for the alleged 500,000 NRL viewers...it really shows the lack of strength of tradition and willingness to watch your team live in action...17,000 to me is not a good average at all...a Competition that has 3/4 of the population of Australia covered gets 17,000 average...sorry I think this is a shameful total, especially when A-League seems to expect 10,000 average for the first season...which is highly achievable.
17,000 average for a competition that covers 3/4 of a population is crap... but 10,000 average for a competition that covers basically the entire Australian population is good (which has not even been achieved yet)... what?[/quote]
Different circumstances. For instance Rugby League has been played professionally for at least 25 years, and most of the clubs around today are at least 7 years old. Compare that to the A-League, the first full professional football competition the nation has ever seen, where most of the clubs are completely new franchises, not even a season old but already averaging over half what the NRL gets through the gates.
If the A-League wanted tv ratings they could have sold it to a FTA station but would have probably had the game raped and abused just like NRL got when it took its broken, battered corpse of a code to Kerry Packer. But rather, the FFA learnt from the mistakes of the past (some of them anyway) and decided they would let the crowds develop first, so that when it does come time to broker a new deal, they will be able to get the terms they want.
After reading most of your posts pcpp, Im going to put my neck out and say that just maybe, you are full of crap.
I dont mind the game of rugby league, i went to half a dozen broncos games last season, but i still can not stand the rampant commercialisation and americanisation that the broncos have embraced. i feel that however much money they have raised by advertising on a players left buttock cheek, they could have earnt from some of the more traditionalist spectators if they had just toned it down a little and made match day more about the game of football rather then the event of going to the football.
It all comes down to tradition v titilation.