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Super Rugby crowds down in 2019

Post by Beaussie » Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:18 am

Pretty grim outlook by looks of things.

No 'magic bullet' for Super Rugby's crowd crisis: Castle
By Georgina Robinson and Chris Dutton
June 19, 2019

Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle has admitted there is no "magic bullet" in the fight to arrest the alarming crowd slide in Super Rugby as the Brumbies look to avoid a potential $100,000 financial hit this weekend.

Australia's only Super Rugby finalists recorded their second lowest home crowd averages in history this year (8509) and are pleading with fans to support them in their quarter final clash with the Sharks at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night.

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The Brumbies are begging fans to support the team against the Sharks at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night. CREDIT:SITTHIXAY DITTHAVONG

Regular season home game attendances across Australia's four teams fell one per cent to 10,450. The Waratahs were Australia's top drawcard but were still poor by their own standards, welcoming an average of just 13,069 through the gates for eight games spread across the Sydney Cricket Ground, Bankwest Stadium, Brookvale Oval and McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.

The Reds averaged 11,352 - despite the Crusaders drawing their best crowd in two years (17,676) - and the Rebels also struggled. The Shute Shield's Manly vs Warringah northern beaches derby two weeks ago drew more than 8000 to Manly Oval.

Sydney-based NRL teams are averaging crowds of 15,899 so far this season, with the Roosters (21,499) and Cronulla (12,034) the outliers, according to website afltables.com. In the AFL the Swans are averaging 31,136 per game, while GWS are averaging 11,535.

Castle acknowledged the trend was a concern and said while competition reforms expected in 2021 would help there was no easy fix.

"Obviously it’s a concern. It’s a concern for sport across Australia really. There’s a lot of codes, particularly in the Sydney market, are finding that it’s quite challenging," she said. "There’s no magic bullet, it’s about a lot of hard work.

"The conference formula is probaly not ideal, it creates confusion and that’s why we’re going to a straight round robin in the new broadcast deal.

"It's a combination of working closely with the clubs, making sure we’re communicating well the upsides with fans, and working with our broadcasters in Fox [Sports] to make sure they’re doing all they can to help us, which they're really open to."

The poor crowds are putting enormous pressure on teams' finances. For the Brumbies, a home finals match should be good news, giving the team an on-field advantage and the business an opportunity to rake in extra cash through ticket sales.

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Brookvale Oval has been a hit with Waratahs fans for two seasons in a row. CREDIT:AAP

However, the Brumbies have to pay $75,000 to the Sharks as per a Super Rugby agreement to give visiting teams a share of the finals prizemoney.

The size of the Brumbies' prizemoney, however, will depend on how many people turn up to Canberra Stadium on Saturday.

A low crowd would mean dipping into their own pockets to cover costs. But it is hoped winning momentum will help carry them to a crowd closer to 12,000 or 13,000 instead of the 6311 who turned up to a clash against the Pretoria Bulls last month.

Crowd numbers jumped by more than 3000 last week when the Brumbies beat the Queensland Reds.

"The low crowds aren't sustainable from a business side of things. The people of Canberra need to show their support for the Brumbies and their appreciation for how they've performed," Brumbies boss Phil Thomson said.

NSW Rugby boss Andrew Hore said a 10 per cent rise in Super Rugby ratings on Fox Sports and strong crowds for some Shute Shield games showed interest in rugby was still strong.

"All teams across all sports are struggling with crowds. We have to find a niche in the market and we're up for the challenge of finding that point of difference," he said. "There's actually good crowds at the Shute Shield, broadcast figures show there's still an interest.

"It's about getting the unity back into the game in NSW so it's all linking back into the state team."

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-unio ... 51z9e.html


"One in every 24 Australians is now a member of an AFL club, a sign that the national reach of Australian football has never been greater," League CEO Gillon McLachlan said.

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Post by Fred » Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:36 am

Rugby Union is dying a slow death in this country.


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Post by leeroy*NRL* » Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:11 pm

just keeps getting worse for Union>>>
little to know media presents besides when Wallabies Play.

if the NRL were Smart they would break there back..

as in Targeting Private schools more and transitional Union strongholds.

It is what the AFL have done on the North Shore / Northern Beaches to Union & League



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