Tony Shaw (54)
Interesting article. Everyone loves a winner, if the Force managed to win more games than it lost you'd be amazed at the numbers that would be coming through the gates. Still have a very loyal 14,000+ that get along to the games and that's after 6 and a bit years of not much to cheer. It'll be interesting to see the crowd response at the next home game against the Stormers if RG is still in as coach. As a supporter I'm in for the long haul, we'll turn the corner eventually.
Moono, out of interest, do you think a 14,000 'core' game gate number is financially sustainable for the Force? Genuine question. That's maybe a net of say $200k-ish per home game and where this income line is a big part of an S15 franchise's income. Looks thin to me in terms of the high fixed overheard any S15 franchise has, and good players and the best coaches are not getting cheaper. I also notice (from PB's figures at least) that game numbers average so far in 2012 are down around 9% on 2011's average:
2012 averages after round 8
Hasn't the breakthrough to, say, a final 6 in the S15 got to come pretty soon in terms of ensuring the Force as an enterprise doesn't get into what could be an inexorable downward spiral of too-low gate income and thus general financial viability? Believe me, we in QLD know all about downward spirals when a team under-performs for a long period.