Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Who's Afraid - brief update #6
Ben Cubby's article was unquestionably partisan (he has contributed in the past to the SMH's football blog), but the mere fact that a league mandarin felt moved to pen such a pained reply suggests that the other football codes are feeling the pinch a little.
Incidentally, Mr. Brady's utterly irrelevant comparison between the pay TV ratings for Australia's Asian Cup opener and the free-to-air ratings for club rugby league begs a painfully obvious question.
Back to Ben Cubby's piece for a moment. His quote from John O'Sullivan perfectly encapsulates the off-field benefits that will accrue from our move into Asia, however many logistical and financial difficulties we may face initially:
Our research since 2004 is that it's meaningful fixtures that drive people's interest - that coupled with the fact that they had the World Cup team on the park.
From two genuinely meaningful games in four years for the national team (plus the World Cup, should we qualify) to a couple of dozen, thanks to the vision and enterprise of the new administration.