Discussion in 'State of Origin and other State Leagues' started by Broncoandy, Jun 12, 2018.
Sunday Origin, take the series NSW you merkins, you need to the NRL to give you a series win.
Just found out about the Sunday game?
Haha yeah. I’m certainly not up with the times.
Sunday is good. Saturday would be better. Give people the day off instead of going to the game game late during the week.
I do wonder why they chose Sunday instead of Saturday..Saturday would've been f**king awesome
Staying off the piss long enough to remain coherent for the game. It's grand final day all over again.
The struggle is real people.
The same reasons the NRL does anything: TV, TV and TV
No way would they waste the jewel in the crown of rugby league on Saturday night. The NFL Super Bowl is also on a Sunday night after all. It's the biggest night of the week for network TV.
Besides, I guarantee that all those folks that watch 3-4 games a year, I..e. Origin and GF, would be doing something else on a Saturday night rather than watching a game of rugby league. It's a no brainier you put the game on when the average merkin is doing not much else
80% of NFL games are played on Sunday and at least they have the courtesy to play the SB at 6:30 Eastern (3:30 Pacific).
Origin will of course kick off at around 8:18 on a Sunday night.
NFL games go for four hours.
No they don't
Well the SB does because of 1 hour half time show.
Still, there is no reason other than the TV $ to have origin starting post 8PM on a Sunday.
The average NFL game goes for over 3 hours look it up. Its not just the superbowl, every NFL broadcast is 3 hours plus.
SB goes for about 4.5 hours with all the ad stoppages and half time show. It still finishes around 10:30-11pm Eastern in the USA.
Origin isn't your run of the mill NRL game. This is one of the 4 marquee matches where a greater number of folks will have an interest in watching it.....if the time is right. Of course you maximise the broadcast benefits of it. They'll stil get 70-80k to the game.
It is still better than the same time on Wednesday, at least for people who have travelled from Qld given they would only have to take one day off work.
I'm not asking for it to be an arvo game. I think 7pm kick off is reasonable.
I don't disagree, but C9 are going to try and wring every cent out prime time revenue they can for the investment they've made. They don't make shit out of the NRL season apart from finals and the GF. Origin makes up for it.
I am pretty sure the reason for Sunday is because of the potential audience of non-RL sports fans. Origin generally drags those viewers in on a Wednesday or Sunday because there is no competition but viewership would drop in AFL states if it were up against an AFL game and would also lose some (if only some) viewers if it clashed with a Wallabies game.
You're right. Was looking at it from a rugby league fan perspective.
TV networks look at Saturday nights as ratings graveyards. Many people go out or are entertaining at home, they are rarely watching TV. Whereas Sunday nights, people are usually home at night as they have to go to work the next day so they want to get a good night's sleep, so it is the night they schedule shows that will pull in the ratings as it is the biggest night of the week audience wise.
That said, I agree with those who've said it shoukld be a 7.00 pm kick-off. I am so tired of games being shuffled around to fit in garbage like 60 Minutes or the lates Channel 9 "crap" reality show beforehand.
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