NRL in decline?

Discussion in 'St George Illawarra Dragons' started by Bests Golden Boots, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. Bests Golden Boots

    Bests Golden Boots Juniors

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    i think the future of the NRL is in serious trouble, especially in Sydney.

    The crowds are diabolical. They seriously had to have counted everyone twice to get a total of 20000 and the Roosters game the other night and the 15000 they got at Manly/ Penrith was a terrible look for the game.
    The Sharks/ Cowboys game this arvo looks like another disaster, why its not being played at Shark Park in front of 20000 rabid Sharks fans is beyond me.

    But let's talk about referees.
    The Storm game went the way we all expected with the Storm getting every call all game.
    But the performance in the Manly/ Penrith game took the cake. Manly denied a perfectly legitimate try for an offside only the bunker could see and if Peachys try wasn't a knock on since 1908 I dunno what is.

    Players, coaches and fans have been saying all year the referees should not have to guess weather it's a try or not and simply send it upstairs with an "I have no idea" call. But has the NRL done anything about such a simple fix to the laws of the game? Of course not, cause there appears to be no one running the game, despite the much vaunted "commission" being hailed as the savior of the game.

    I often wonder if the plan isn't to let the crowds get as low as possible to justify moving teams, I know who's first on the chopping block.
     
  2. Crush

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    Sydney is a disaster. Its the traffic, road tolls, parking, over-inflated ticket prices, mid-strength beer and expensive food which keeps supporters at home in front of the television.
    Sydney is a joke.
     
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    Yes I agree I can't see the state of the NRL the way it is with so many clubs in Sydney survive. It will change to regional based clubs. The only way the NRL will survive will be an increase in crowds. Let's not forget Greengrub and the committee needs to go.
     
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  4. Reddragon

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    Swans had a record crowd at the SCG yesterday
     
  5. Qdf

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    Well MURDOCH said AFL is the number one game in Australia,and he likes AFL.
    That was after David Smith (ex Ceo of NRL stabbed him in the back & sold out to channel 9).Looks like he was right.
    The stupidity of the NRL,they a killing the game for Him..
     
  6. Forster Dragon

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    Spot on the game is in decline and the inept management by crisis is of no help.I have loved the game all my life but now only watch the odd game,and then I turn off mainly due to the referees.
    In no way am I a AFL recruit though as that game is just not my cup of tea.
     
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    The Nrl are pathetic! Why would they play all week 1 semi finals at Alliance stadium..

    Just have home semis the first week. Then play week 2 in the bigger stadiums.

    At least this way you avoid the disastrous situation the Nrl found themselves in. Sharks,Manly and Penrith fans refuse to travel for games.Cowboys bring no supporters with them..


    Go back to home semis week 1 problem solved.. Greenberg has no idea how to run the game!
     
  8. Alec's-saints

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    if dragons played manly last night there would be close to 25k
     
  9. j0nesy

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    Doubt it, based on the 8k at Kogarah a few weeks ago.
     
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  10. Dragon for life

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    Over the 4 games of Nrl this week they will struggle to go past the 95k in total that watch the one afl game at the MCG on Friday
     
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    bandwagons will get out there I'm sure!
     
  12. merahputih

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    The ANZ Stadium is an embarresment during tv games. Even with 10,000 people it looks empty. And the NSW Govt wants to spend a billion bucks out of its fire sale of public assets to make it into a dedicated league/union/ soccer ground, while hospitals and schools are under staffed and underfunded.
     
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    The only game I like to go to the big stadiums is the Anzac Day match as it still has a home game feel to it although it's the Roosters home game as there is always more Saints supporters.

    I don't attend our other home games at the big stadiums through out the year as they don't have the same feel.

    I would however make an exception if we made the finals.
     
  14. Old Timer

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    Poor crowd behaviour
    Poor player behaviour
    Poor refereeing
    Poor management
    Poor facilities
    Poor access to players
    TV control everything
    The AFL have maintained a great family based atmosphere and make the game day experience pleasurable all round
    Their game is suited to big stadiums and ours is not.
     
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    f**k I hate AFL
     
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    Aside from all the racism
     
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    I couldn't give a f**k about the crowds.

    The referees and The Bunker are a disgrace and a blight on the game.

    Absolutely shameful how it's still such a dogs breakfast.
     
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    And the lady-boys tripping over each other.
     
  19. since77

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    The biggest blight on the game today is the refereeing and bunker.

    Foward passes, kick blockers, players dropping the call and gaining strip penalties for simply dropping the ball. No one stands on side anymore. Wrestling in the ruck. Billy Slater taking a dive 3 times a game and getting a penalty because he's Billy Slater.

    The bunker - how many times have you seen a try scored only to then endure 60 seconds of replays to either ascertain what we all knew on first look or to come up with a decision that 99.9% of people disagree with. The ludicrous onus on referee to call try or no try and thus locking the bunker into that decision anyway.

    Golden point another blight on the game. Why does a team that draws after 80 minutes then loses the field goal lottery get less points than the team flogged by 50 in 80 minutes?

    And finally playing games in soulless stadiums instead of suburban grounds. I remember attending semi finals as a teenager in packed grounds. A half empty stadium last night was an embarrassment to the game.
     
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  20. since77

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    The Price and Mc Gregor "Dragons footy" they've dished up since 2012 deserves a crowd of 8k.
     
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