If you haven’t heard, there is a wedding tonight, between Prince William and Kate Middleton but there is a larger issue at work here, channel nine’s treatment of league fans.
The wedding will be everywhere, every FTA channel has coverage of the event, with multiple channels showing it, so if someone, I don’t know maybe channel nine, would broadcast something different, iunno football, they would be on a ratings bonanza.
Unfortunately not, channel nine continue the contemptible treatment of league fans. Tonight Brisbane and Canterbury will do battle at Suncorp in front of 40,000 people but many thousands more at home, will have to wait until 8:30 when Channel Nine will kindly move the wedding to GEM.
Nine could have avoided even moving the wedding, maybe putting the football onto one of their digital channels (GEM or GO!) to not anger the audience who are a main portion of channel nine’s market, league fans who have watched the football in massive numbers, breaking records this year!
Bulldogs fans have already shown their outrage, not being able to watch their team live, Anthony Magro, a member of the Bulldogs Army says Enough is Enough. Fans already have to suffer with the 9:30 game, delayed and filled with ads, stretching the broadcast out until 11:30, even losing some of their audience who are tired.
The Triple M, ” Grill Team” had head of Sport, Steve Crawley on the show this morning. This gave his network the opportunity to backflip and appease their league loving audience by playing it live but they reinforced that it’ll start at the ” special” time of 8:30, filled with ads! yay for us. If you are a brave soul or a fan of South Sydney or Cronulla, you’ll be waiting until nearly 11 o clock to see your teams.
Compare this to the recent news, of AFL’s new TV deal, which netted them a cool 1 Billion dollars, it wasn’t only that though, it promised their fans that EVERY game on the weekend would be LIVE and four would be on FTA television.
Now, we move onto the NRL, we have three games on FTA television each weekend, with only one! LIVE and that won’t be the case this week. There has been a lot of chatter that the new TV deal will fix this but is it too deep of a hole for channel nine?
Facebook, Twitter and footy forums have exploded in outrage time and time again, with the mistreatment from channel nine, despite tough talk from Gallop “use it or lose it” or the anti-siphoning agreement, which forces FTA channels to play certain events on their SD channels LIVE.
If something isn’t done soon, channel nine WILL lose the rights to the NRL or if they do keep the rights, they will lose further games to Fox Sports who actually show games LIVE into every state in Australia.