Phil Rothfield responds to Paul Crawley’s NRL conference system idea
The Daily Telegraph’s Paul Crawley joined the NRL 360 panel last night on FOX LEAGUE to outline his idea for an NRL conference style system that he believes would help boost stagnant NRL crowds. The system would be made up of two conferences – the Sydney teams would make up one conference and the teams outside of Sydney would comprise the second conference. “I just think the problem for rugby league is that our crowds have been the same for basically as long as I remember,” Crawley said.
This morning on the Macquarie Sports Radio Breakfast show with Mark Levy and Mark Riddell spoke with Editor at Large of the daily Telegraph Phil ‘Buzz’ Rothfield to get his thoughts on the proposed conference system.
Whilst Rothfield ultimately agreed that something needed to be done to address NRL crowds he had an idea of his own. Rothfield said, “I pay my Cronulla membership every year because I want to see Johnathan Thurston and Michael Morgan when they come to town. We’ve got this great rivalry against the Melbourne Storm. I want to see Slater, I want to see Smith and Cronk when he was there. So if you take them out of our conference you’re taking away from our ticket value. My idea is this, to give the competition more integrity. I think we need 2 new teams, one in Perth and one in Brisbane. That would give us 18 sides and then I would play 19 rounds. Everyone plays each other once and then St George plays Cronulla, Melbourne plays the Warriors so you do still get the derby twice and it gives the competition integrity. It reduces the season, which is too long, but it gives the broadcasters an extra game each week which would keep the $2 billion (TV Deal) coming into the game”.
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