These payments to the visiting sides are interesting. Anybody know how much the Jags have to pay the Brumbies? Or is it a set amount of $100k for a semi? Is that enough to cover costs?
633k for the women's origin on nine and 152k on Fox.
To be fair, state of origin in the pinnacle of NRL and most NRL clubs get lousy crowds to home games. I'd be more inclined to compare a Bledisloe Cup, which is still the peak of our game, to SOO rather than Super Rugby games.State of Origin in Perth, no significant Rugby League presence at all, drew 59k to the game! Sure, a lot of people came from the eastern states, but they came!!! We can't get them to cross the fucking harbour bridge!
There is just so much to be done, I get the feeling Raeline knows that but just hasn't an idea where to start. Sure, it will cost money (and we don't have much of that) but it will also require marketing and business turn-around skills that certainly aren't on this current board. I don't want to join so many in rubbishing the people on there, I'm sure the majority of them are genuinely doing their best, they just don't know what to do.
Last year the Bledisloe, in Sydney, the heart of rugby, drew 66,000, barely more than SOO in Perth, at the opposite end of the country. For true like-for-like, last year's NRL grand final drew $82k. Their weekly club matches last year averaged 16.6k, against Super's 10k, and they have a lot more of them. NRL is, in my mind, a much less attractive product, very predictable and one dimensional, with no genuine international competition. These days the only games I watch are SOO and the GF.
However, it has massive brand loyalty, unlike our game. Rugby is certainly a good enough game to have that sort of following and more, but to build that is a huge job.