The success of the BBL has surprised most and been discussed extensively, but when you boil it down it has done well because: - fast and exciting - It's easy to understand - it's on every night on FTA TV - the season is relatively short There is a lot rugby can be learn from how well the tournament has been marketed which has been discussed elsewhere in the forum. As much as I enjoy watching 15s, 7s is easier to follow and its speed and high scoring rates are characteristics that appeal to a wider audience. Unfortunately a typical 7s tournament over 2 full days has too much content for a FTA broadcaster and is not going to hold the interest of the general population. Could a shortened 7s format played over 2.5 hours, 5 nights a week be rugby's answer to the fast paced excitement of T20? Stay with me for a moment. 10 males teams play one game per night. So that's 5 games per evening. The next night they play one more game against a different opposition the following night and so on. Over a period of 9 nights spread across two weeks they would play each team once. The tenth night would be finals. 9th vs 10th all the way up to 1st vs 2nd. The 'season' could start on a Wednesday evening through to Sunday evening. Monday and Tuesday off then Wednesday through to Sunday evening again. I could be wrong but I don't feel that schedule would be too taxing, certainly less taxing than a full 2-day sevens tournament played on consecutive weekends. We have 5 men's games per evening and we must include 1 female game per evening, providing 6 games per night. Adding intros, adverts and each game going for 15 mins, there is a 2.5 hour package per night. Start at 7pm finish at 9:30pm The male teams could comprise of the current 9 NRC teams, supplemented by a SA rep team made up of local Sydney players, or a 'Pacific team' comprised of local Islanders/Kiwis not in the NRC teams. Squad size 10 players, but 8 on a night (one reserve), so 80-100 male players. To minimise costs, the games are played in NSW, Brisbane and Canberra. In the NSW week, one evening on Central Coast, then Nth Sydney Oval, Parramatta, Campbelltown and one other (just as an example). One of the great initiatives of the NRC was the food/beer fair on games days such as the one at Woollahra Oval. The NRC 7s evening should replicate this and support the local suppliers, so the experience at the Central Coast game is very different to the one at North Sydney. The 2 week season could be held just after the NRC 15s season in November or just before the Super Rugby season starts (early Feb after IRB Sydney 7s and NRL 9s. It's paramount that the games are on FTA TV and I believe the offering/content is strong enough to interest someone such as TEN. Being on FTA TV would promote the NRC brand and develop familiarity with the teams names and players which would benefit the NRC 15s competition. Just an idea, but one I believe worth considering.