Michael Lynagh (62)
If you start at 8:45 they would be leaving at 10:30 not 12 so let’s stop with the mayo. Imagine how much all you kiwis would sook if we decide to start at 8pm in Perth as it’s best for the fans in the local market. It would be a ridiculous decision
The reality of the situation is as an administration you are obligated to maximise revenue if and 8:40/8:45 kick off is going to increase viewership and tv revenue that NZ also gets a cut of then it’s in your best interest to compromise
Before you start did the Lions go to NZ’s South Island? No as they chose to maximise their revenue by playing it somewhere that more people could go is it fair no but that’s how business works
Also before you sook NZ had to get the Perth tests moved to the third test even though most likely it makes the only game in Australia a dead rubber hurting the commercial opportunities for the game and before you go on about covid Perth has a rolling 7 day average of 0 cases and is further from Sydney than NZ is
You really are playing the victim, as for Perth having no covid, neither has NZ, but I lost being able to go to test in Wellington, as it had to be move forward by 2 weeks AND to another ground. But that is Covid and nothing to do with. And by way Perth is part of Australia which has unfortunately had a breakout.
As for late tests, isn't the usual complaint that it's hard because League and AFL are pretty popular in Aus, and you want to move the test to same kick off as 2 more popular sports?
So you not only want NZ to move games to a crap time for NZ (and it would be 11pm at earliest before you emptied staiums) and put it up against supposedly more popular sports because it suit a few people on eastern seaboard? Ok well we let you live in your world mate.